1, rue Guisarde (6)
On a small street of restaurants and wine bars adjacent to several other small streets (Rue Princesse, etc.) of restaurants and wine bars, La Grille St. Germain is among the oldest and most established – and perhaps most establishment, but it serves the same largely young neighborhood clientele. The area surrounds the covered Marche St. Germain, itself now composed largely of established restaurants and bars, plus a few traditional food vendors which populated it exclusively in earlier times.
The neighborhood is casual, a block or so off the Boulevard St. Germain. Each of the restaurants is different, but each small, convivial and inexpensive. Not surprisingly, none are distinguished. No hidden jewels. La Grille St. Germain no exception. But sometimes no plan is the best plan. Walk until you spot an appealing posted menu, an attractive décor and an empty table.
And now the Apple Store has opened across the street. Coffee while you wait for your call.
The menu is predictable. Cooked to order sauté dishes, mostly meat with a few fish choices, each competently prepared with generous accompaniments of vegetables and potatoes. Two entrées and two plats du jour, daube of beef and salmon with sorrel.
As you would expect. Casual, rudimentary, friendly.
With water and a bottle of wine, a la carte for two: 95€.