Well , the menu is really small, so the choice is pretty much limited. Meal was good though. Service:like everywhere in Paris -rude and impolite. Horrible restrooms. Pricy.
Our hotel is right around the corner on Beaumarchais, so Le Bastille is our first pit stop every morning before we trek our ways all over Paris. We usually order petite dejeuner complet, which includes three over medium eggs, two pieces of toasts with confitures, croissant, coffee, and orange juice for 13.50 Euros. I love the way the French do their eggs, medium soft but still runny in the middle. I usually ask for tartines (long crusty bread), great with either orange or blueberry confiture.
Lunch time can be extremely busy with the locals having their smoke and drink. I have had their croque madam and it's a bit disgusting with a thick layer of pastic-like cheese. Yuck. Greasy and soggy breads.
The services....We are in Paris! What services! There is an older guy with a protruding stomach and blond hair! Watch out for this biatch! He's rude, especially to tourists. One day we sat outside around the edge of the restaurant, and we were ignored. So, I asked him for the menu for breakfast, and he said, "No breakfast!" I looked puzzled, so we were about to get up and walk away, he told us, "You want breakfast, so have to sit here!" He pointed to a table next to us behind the rope that separate the chairs. Seriously! Fine! We went on and ordered our food. We have to eat after all! Later a group of old Australians sat where we first sat, they ordered croissants and he flat out told them, "No!" We laughed so hard. He brought croissants to us and those Aussies stared at us with envy.
Saturday is the busiest day with young locals hang out drinking and smoking, smoking, and smoking. However, hell would freeze over once your friend lighted up a cigar. They coughed! They swatted their hand! They glared! FYI! Your cigarette smoking is more harmful than cigar. Odor is odor!
Overall, the restaurant is a mediocre stop for refreshment and bathroom break. A tourist trap during the day and a local's traffic stop at night and the weekend's late-night hangout.
I'd like to call this review, keeping it classy in Paris. I am not even kidding when I say I have no memory of being here. I can only surmise that I was really drunk & having a great time.
If you go, let me know if it's actually fun or if I was just too boozed up to know the difference. I will now answer all the Yelp survey questions with- not sure.
The place is very big, so even on a cold rainy evening when most of the enclosed patio was taken, you could easily find a table inside.
There is free wifi.
The maitre d'/greeter was friendly and quickly switched to english when he ascertained I was american. Although I wouldn't have minded practicing my french.
Somehow even sitting inside with a door that remains mostly closed, there was a permanent smell of smoke from the smokers sitting in the enlosed patio. The prices are ridiculously inflated. I spent 12 euros on a hot chocolate and a coca cola. And the hot chocolate was of the americanized variety with too much milk/water rather than the tasty european liquified chocolate variety that I got at every other cafe where I ordered un chocolat chaud in.
We started one of our nights here and ended up getting this beer that I can't get in Canada. It was a nice beer and I think it was a Grimbergen Blanche. The place was pretty packed but it was the night of Nuit Blanche.
We sat outside on the patio/street and boy was it lively out. The neighbourhood that this bar is in is busy and a little bit dirty but man I like that.
I found one of the 2 staff members that served us a douchebag but the other one was pretty cool.
I have no idea how their food is but judging from the 5 reviews that gave this place a poor rating I'm assuming not good :)
Brilliant is all I can say. By far the best meal I experienced while in Paris.
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