We discovered Bistrot Augustin about a month and a half ago, and I believe it hasn’t been open for much longer. It might be our new favourite go-to darling, good for a night out for two, and equally suitable for a family dinner.
And actually, that’s just what we did. First time we ate there, it was just the two of us, great food and an even better white wine. The following week, we had MrintheKitchen’s family over for the weekend, and we ate there with four grown-ups and three kids. They are the kind of kids who order a côte de boeuf, not chicken nuggets.
Hence the check was impressive, even though the restaurant offers a great value 3 course menu for 38 euro.
It’s almost mandatory nowadays to have an open restaurant kitchen, to give your guests the chance to take a peek and preferably even an open view at the action.
I’m not sure if all chefs are equally happy with this development, I can imagine some were pretty happy doing their magic behind closed doors, without the admiring (or prying) eyes of the customer. More than chefs, they also need to be actors, comfortable on the stage that is the modern restaurant kitchen.
At Bistrot Augustin, chefs do their work in a kitchen that is separated from the dining area by big windows. First time we were there, I could hardly stop looking at the men (not a single woman unfortunately, as most of the time) behind the glass, trying to figure out what they were doing, what they were saying and so on.
Luckily for them, most guests were more interested in what was on their plate than in how it got there, I can only imagine the pressure of a full restaurant all looking your way.
The restaurant is located in the 14th arrondissement (Rue Daguerre), and it clearly fulfills a need in the neighbourhood, being (almost) fully booked on both nights. Eating at the same restaurant twice in such a short time, allows you to taste a good deal of the menu. Especially when the Mr is kind enough to order different dishes and lets you try all of it. I ate my first boudin (black pudding) here, cause it seemed like the kind of restaurant where they could prepare one to perfection.
They could. What a great dish, and also definitely not my last boudin.
Bistrot Augustin, welcome to the neighbourhood, we’ll be back!