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We Just Need a Proper French Bistro

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May 27, 2014 / French / By
Katie Schenk

On a recent trip from South Africa to visit family in the States, my kids overheard my brief to the travel agent. “I’d like to fly direct to DC, but if it’s much cheaper to fly through Abu Dhabi, send us that way.”  Then, after a moment’s reflection, “actually, if you need to route us through the Middle East, please check flights through Europe.  My preferences would be Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Paris... in that order.  If the price is right, we’ll stop off for a night.” 

The boys chimed in quickly, “we want Paris!”  In the end, we flew out via Paris with a night to spare.  But as we sat in Joburg airport, desperate to be on our way, our flight was delayed and delayed again.  The five hours spent in the airport seriously ate into our limited time in Paris, especially as my kids had developed a full itinerary.

When we finally landed, we did what we could in our fatigued states to rush to our hotel, the Best Western Diva Opera (which, by the way, I’d recommend).  We dropped our bags, changed, rushed to the Metro and from there to Sacre Coeur, so the boys could get a decent view of the city without queuing for the Eiffel Tower, which was next on our list.  And by the time we’d traversed the city, evening was settling in. 

Rather than cursing the airline (although it was my first instinct), we headed over to the Opera Garnier as it is my favourite spot in Paris.  It had already closed, but I shared a few of my Opera memories with the boys as we walked along the Boulevard des Italiens towards our hotel.

Our final mission was dinner.  I wanted to treat the boys to something properly French; it didn’t need to be fancy – but I wasn’t going to bend for Italian, Japanese, or, despite the growling in our stomachs, fast food.  We walked, and we walked.  My kids pointed to every restaurant that we passed. 

“No, it’s Greek” or “too expensive” or “not eating fast food” flooded out of my mouth in response to their desperation.  Their small legs were tiring as I promised to get a cab back to the hotel after dinner.  “So what are we looking for?” they needed to know.  All I could tell them was, “I’ll know it when I see it.” 

And then, finally, we found it: Le Royal Bergère, a classically French corner bistro.  The menu board boasted a range of French specials; the bar was inviting if nothing out of the ordinary.  I pulled us in. 

My kids were relieved to sit and order hot chocolates.  I enjoyed a lovely glass of red wine as I tried to get the boys to order frog legs and other delicacies.  They were, unfortunately, not having any of it.  I translated the menu for them before they spotted a specials board with the word fondue.  The considerate and helpful waiter explained that it wasn’t a cheese fondue, but an oil one.  It wasn’t even a question; that’s what they would have.  I ordered duck from the menu as I reassured the friendly staff that my kids could handle a fondue. 

We prattled on about what we’d seen during the day, with my slap-happy children making jokes that made almost no sense.  The food was excellent; mine was perfectly cooked, and I was appreciative of the attention the servers paid to the flame underneath the hot oil my children were served. 

I enjoyed a second glass of wine as I tried to explain why we’d had to walk so far.  “We only have one night in Paris; we have to make sure we’ve made the most of it!  But, now we’ll get a cab back to the hotel.”  That’s when Felix pointed out that our restaurant was on the same street as our hotel.  My momentary guilt was overridden by happiness.  I was terribly pleased that my child was so observant, and equally pleased with the restaurant.  It was nothing fancy, but it was perfect for our needs: French, with kind waiters, at least one lovely, deep red wine – and very, extremely conveniently located amongst the flats and hotels of the opera district. 

As we walked the short block back to the hotel for the night, I could only lament the duration of our stay.  We wanted more from the city.  Next time, since we’ve already got our hotel and dinner lined up - we’ll spend less time walking and more time exploring the Louvre.

  

Le Royal Bergère

Country: France

Province/State: Ile-de-France

City: Paris

Address: 24 Rue Bergère

Zip/Post Code: 75009

Location Tips: near Bd Poissonniere, by the Grands Boulevards Metro Station

Phone: +33 1 47 70 19 42

Website:N/A

Price Guide:$$ (What's this?) N/A = home cooked meal,etc
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$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc

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