Fish La Boissonnerie
This punning St Germain bistro used to be a fishmongers, and now concentrates on fish (as distinct from seafood) and regional wines. It has a homely appeal, with tiled floors, old photographs hung on ancient stone walls and a zinc bar. The comfortable, Mediterranean vibe continues on the menu, where you might see smoked salmon linguini with a yellow-pepper sauce, or seabass served with piperade; the wine list features the cepages, ie: the grape varieties, which pleases oenophiles no end. The regulars are a well-heeled locals, older, smarter and with more expensive tans than the young species who congregate on Rue de Buci, just down the road. The owners are from New Zealand, and also run the wine shop called La Dernière Goutte, nearby at 6 rue de Bourbon le Château, which does tastings some weekends.