My wife and I stayed just around the corner at the Monterosa Hotel, in Rue La Bruyere.
Turned up on Monday night to find the Bistro closed but made sure we were there again at 7-15 pm on the next night only to be told there were no reservations available but that a table might become availabe later on. Couldn't wait but got a reservation for the Wednesday evening.
At 7.15 there were only ouselves plus a family of three from the UK, but as the night wore on, the restaurant slowly filled up and the number of people turned away gradually increased (about 10 in total) as did the number of refusals to people telephoning looking for a table. It is a small restaurant so the people in previous reviews who couldn't get a reservation should realise that one non-show will account for around 10% of the evenings takings so no wonder the owner is reluctant to keep a table for anyone who may not turn up.
The menu is small, only five dishes available for each course but the dishes we had were superb. My wife's favourite was the foie gras, closely followed by the lamb and her desert of tiramisu. My ravioli starter was excellent, as was the veal, but the stand out dish for me was the desert of pistachio cake, cherries in cassis and ginger ice cream - just the best desert I have ever eaten in a restaurant. At 30 euros for three courses, this has to be one of the best bargains to be had in Paris (two courses are 25 euros). The wine list is small, but very reasonable with most prices around the 20 - 25 euro mark. Total for 2 Kirs, three courses each, wine and coffee was 95 euros, and worth every cent.
Turning up at 7-15 may not get you a table but if it does then just enjoy some of the best food you will have in Paris, but my advice would be to turn up around 9pm to 9-15pm when some of the tables become free as the early diners leave. It seems there is only one reservation per table per night so you stand a good chance around this time. If the number of refusals we overheard was an average then the owners could probably fill the restaurant twice over every night - an indication of the reputation it has.
Overall, a small, well organised, friendly restaurant with a lovely atmosphere and food which will make you want to return - we certainly will.
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