213, bd St-Germain (7)
Aux Vieux Garcon
(New name as of mid- 2013)
According to the awning, founded in 1904. Also the date of the last paint job. That, plus its outstanding Rue de Bac/Boulevard Saint Germain location give it its charm. Less so the food and predictable menu, but convenient for the right mood.
New name. New kitchen. New owners and staff. And a paint job (see). Not a Michelin-track competitor, but a very well-located, friendly bistro which has turned a new page. Friendly staff proud of fresh, never frozen commitment and connections to their suppliers. Promising.
Decent, but not much more.
Simple. Traditional, with some more unusual daily options at lunch. Salmon cake and tagine of veal, thin sliced beets wrapped around goat cheese and grilled whole calamari salad. Poached pear with spice cake. Comfort food with a twist. Reasonable wines. Well sourced bread.
Competent, but no better.
Unpolished, but helpful. Friendly. Proud.
A formula menu which makes it a good candidate for lunch. Don’t bring high expectations.
A la carte with water, carafe of wine, coffee, 88€ at lunch.