I like À La Biche Au Bois for what it is, but I like it more for what it’s not.
What it is: A neighborhood restaurant between the Gare de Lyon and Bastille serving generous portions of hearty, traditional dishes, heavy on the game, with deep bowls of potato purée and piles of frites.
What it’s not: Pretentious, trendy, or expensive – €25,90 buys an entrée, plat, and dessert.
It’s also not for the faint of heart. The first courses are almost all patés and terrines (I love the rabbit), in portions big enough to fill you up. Main courses like the sanglier with chestnuts, the coq au vin, the escalope de veau, the cassolette de biche, could serve a small family.
By this point dietary caution has clearly been thrown to the wind, so say yes to a couple of cheeses from the board, a Pont l’Eveque or Bleu des Causses maybe, before deciding between chocolate mousse, créme caramel, a dish of ice cream or the splendid Ile Flottante.
And it’s not over yet. After all that, a little Cognac will be offered. Take it, you’ll need it.
Then consider walking home.
À La Biche Au Bois 45 Ave. Ledru-Rollin, 75012 Paris, +33 (0)1 43 43 34 38