7.7 Le Bistrot d'Yves, 33, rue Cardinet in the 17th, 01.43.80.63.60 (Metro: Wagram), closed Saturday lunch and Sundays, is a place that found itself on my "list" this week and called to me. Lucky me. The awning looks like from forever but the inside is hopping, largely with elegantly dressed working guys and women. My guest and I regarded the menu, I had no trouble finding what I wanted; he hesitated.
My friend started off with some smoked salmon that was as good pieces of nova as have ever had from Zabar's and I had a superb salad of gizzards as good as the late great Tony's in the 18th. Then he had rather bland turbot and I, knowing it came with curry and coco sauce, chose the shrimp which I swear were frozen they were so tough. To finish off, we both had the dessert of the day - poached figs and quince - fabulous.
Our bill, with so-so bread, one bottle and glass of wine and one coffee, was 99.90 E.
Go again? For certain; this is a bistro worth the trip. As our friend Randy of Paris requires, this place provides you the "whole experience", including a great host whom I assume to be Yves, great delivery of plates, reasonable prices, tolerable noise (93.2 db) and charm.