5.5 Du Coq a l'Ane, 28, rue Croix des Petits Champs (right across from all the gold in the Banque de France) in the 1st, 01.42.36.74.10, closed Saturday lunch and Sundays (Metro: Palais Royal) is one of those bistros that shoots out of nowhere but as opposed to the Sanglier Bleu yesterday, has no pretentions and serves as a cantine for the worker bees at the Banque de France, Ministry of Culture, etc. How do I know? They all wear the uniform (grey suits, black tee-shirts), and have cell phones at the ready.
So. Let's go! I started off with oeufs mayo, a reliable starter that cannot be frozen and thawed, sous-vided, bought at Metro and it was just fine. For mains, my dining companion had an onglet she thought was too bland, my solution is to cry for A1 sauce but she ate most of it and all the rather decent fries; while I had the haddock Dieppe style (apparently that means with butter and capers here as opposed to mussels and white wine as described elsewhere), quite decent. We finished with a nougat glace shared.
Our bill with a full bottle of wine, a bottle of water and two coffees, was an astonishing 60 E for 2.
Go? This means you grand-kids and back-packers, the bargain of the year, for sure.