It's small, it's unassuming, it's just how we like it. With its retro formica tables and faux-leather red banquettes, Aux Deux Amis is housed in a typical 70s style French bistro setting, and if you were to walk past at 7pm of an evening you'd probably not even bat an eyelid. But once the kitchens open, the tables, bar and every available space gets packed out with a buzzing crowd all hankering after the delicious fare and the select wine list.
Food is served in small-plate sized portions, much like tapas, and the idea is that you order for the table and all tuck in together with your companions. On our last visit our selection included divine sardines (which were so good, we ordered a second serving), wagyu beef served with salsify, an exquisite raw mushroom and smoked mozzarella medley served with fine slices of black radish, home-made pate and chorizo, all washed down with a great bottle or two of Brouilly recommended by the charming waiter. Expect to pay about €30 a head at dinner if you're as greedy as we are, and make sure you book ahead.
Aux Deux Amis
45 rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris
01 58 30 38 13
Metro: Parmentier or Oberkampf
Open Tues-Sat, lunch and dinner
Photos copyright Kim Laidlaw Adrey