This sleek, chic, gourmet bistro on the main thoroughfare of the Ile St-Louis is masterminded by Strasbourg chef Antoine Westermann, who puts the emphasis on revisited French regional cooking. Vegetables get pride of place in dishes like Tarbais beans and lamb, or guinea fowl with chanterelle mushrooms and spinach, and there are always some vegetarian dishes on the carte that change with the season. The high-ceilinged, 17th-century dining room has been stylishly updated and the tightly packed tables and one high communal table d’hôte (that can be reserved for up to 14 people) ensure a lively atmosphere, perfect for eavesdropping. One of my favourite options for Sunday lunch, when many bistros are closed.
Address: 69 rue St-Louis-en-l’Ile, 75004
Contact: 0033 1 40 46 01 35; mon-vieil-ami.com
Getting there: Metro Pont Marie
Opening times: Wed-Sun, midday-2pm, 7pm-11pm
Price: lunch plat du jour €16; à la carte around €42
Payment type: credit cards accepted
Cuisine: French, vegetarian