Arriving at Gare du Nord, breakfastless and very hungry, I strode down the Rue Lafayette (9eme) in search of the Bistrot Casimir off a church square but missed it, passing into the Place Monthelon. Under a hot humid sky, I was delighted to see a little bistro, BEBE, the doors open to the air and tables on the pavement. What followed was one of the best-value quick lunches in ever-dearer Paris, The pas de choix (aparrt from dessert\) two-course lunch( 14 euros) was everything it should have been. Excellent crusty bread, a plate of marinated mushrooms, then penne with both smoked and fresh salmon, lubricated with a fine fresh glass of 010 Julienas, Domaine des Bruyeres. with excellent espresso- the bill tout inclus 19.80 euro.....Or, push the boat out from the changing blackboard - tartare of loup de mer, foie de veau, filet of bar (cold-water bass) or a fine entrecote with frites & bearnaise. Good Loires & Rhones, gently priced.
Could you ask for more as a consolation for pitiful £/$ exchange rates!