The Croix Rouge is a tradition in my family. My father went there when he was a little boy living in Paris, and he says it has been consistently delicious since the '70s. The clientele is almost exclusively French, as is the layout of the restaurant. Rain or shine, summer or winter, I prefer to sit outside under the canopy and watch the world go by. The smoke coming from the cigarettes of the chic women having lunch at the table right on top of yours might seem annoying to some, but that is the typical Parisian experience and I recommend you just go with it. The wait is also very usual. They are good about bringing food quickly, though, and none of us have ever had to wait more than 20 minutes for a table.
We eat there every time we are in Paris. Favorites include the St. Germain (tartine of rare roast beef on pain Poilane) and the Nordic (tartine of smoked salmon on pain Poilane). All the Assiettes (tartines) are served on a salad with delicious homemade dressing. Try them with the French mustard served at the table - spicy but worth it. They also have very good warm lentils, and if you don't want bread, the salads are usually quite good, but not the specialty. The tart tatin is heavenly, as is the flourless chocolate cake. Eat with a Badoit or an Indian (Orangina with Grenadine). Espresso rounds off the meal perfectly.
One of the best parts of the Croix Rouge is its location. Make sure you are in your comfiest l'epetto flats and hit the shops on the opposite streets!
If you want a lovely coffee and point from which to take in one of hundreds of thousands of Paris street scenes, this is it.
I found the espresso to be just what the doctor would order for my jet-lagged state of being at 16 h but would not necessarily recommend the tomato and mozzarella salad.
Yep, view, coffee, a resting point for this weary traveler was what was on order and Bar de la Croix Rouge delivered just that and nothing more.
Si vous voulez un joli café et le point à partir duquel de prendre dans l'un des centaines de milliers de scènes de rue à Paris, c'est lui.
J'ai trouvé l'espresso à être juste ce que le médecin aurait commander pour mon décalage horaire état d'être à 16 h mais ne conseillerais pas forcément la tomate et mozzarella.
Yep, vue, café, d'un point de repos pour ce voyageur fatigué était ce qui était sur l'ordre et Bar de la Croix Rouge livré exactement cela et rien de plus.
The aissette saint germain is wonderful. Roast beef is medium rare, tender. On toasted bread, some of my edges were burnt -- only bad point. It comes with salad, pickles, a tomato slice, Refreshing. Goes well with a glass of rose. Nice place to people watch.
My parents have been coming to cafe critic rouge for over 30 years. This was their date spot... That alone makes this place 5 stars (cue the awws). On the food side, this restaurant is a staple in my selection of best Cafe's in Paris. The Saint Germain tartine is just amazing. The service and atmosphere make me feel like woody Allen's "midnight in Paris". The fondant is better than my grandmothers 18528 year old recipe (please don't tell her). Overall this cafe is great and I really recommended it to anyone at any age.
This place has the worst red wine by the glass at a brasserie-type restaurant that we've been to on this trip (almost 3 weeks) and our trip in September (also 3 weeks). There are so many other places to get a decent, cheap glass of wine. Skip this one.
stopping for a cafe lunch after a 5 mile wander we came across this bar.the menu looked really appetising.the lunchtime special had saute agneau(lamb) which was so tender it fell apartand the fruit tart that follwed was a masterpiece. Washed down with a nice house red i was ready for the walk back.The food in Paris is quite wonderfuland i am surprised that they are all so slim.
Loved the ambiance and excellent rose. I had a sardine and toasted bread entree. the sardines came in a can, but I must say it was delicious and healthy. packed with Omega-3's which is much needed while traveling. We also had fois gras, which was fine. Saw him making salads which looked delicious. The chef seemed to be well loved by all the locals as several people popped in just to say "Bonjour!" and chat before leaving. Excellent location for people watching.
The reason to go to this small pleasant bar/cafe is to eat Pain Poilane, the famous french bread made at the bakery of the same name close by on rue cherche-midi. Pain Poilane is the star of this simple menu, completed with a few salads and a good reputation for delicious desserts. The toasted version of pain poilane comes with various toppings from salmon, to thinly sliced beef, turkey, tuna. These open face sandwiches rest on top of a small, primarily frisee salad, filled with thin slices of cornichon as the perfect accompaniment to something as simple and good as this. Prices are fair for location, 11-13 euros. Service friendly and fast. Often crowded (it is not a large cafe), go either early or late to avoid lunch rush.
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