The Bistrot Belhara in the 7th has been on our circuit for quite a while and while Colette also admires the flowers (above) I was captivated by the article beneath from Marianne's On Passe A Table declaring chef Thierry Dufroux "La Virtuose du Parfait Bistrot." Whoa, high praise indeed.
The restaurant features itself as traditional yet modern (as is said explicitly about its onion soup and we always find something intriguingly such. For me it was the two specials - the sautéed mushrooms and perdreau with chestnuts and shallots- but whoops, the barely readable chalk says the partridge is only available at night - oh well.
So two of us ordered the mushrooms which were easily enough for the 3 of us and represented a perfect traditional-modern entry into fall, along with a very nice Minervois, although it was over 70° F.
For our main dishes, our friend turned to the aforementioned tad-mod onion soup (trad in that the onions were reduced to a sweet state and mod in there was no bread or melted cheese); Colette had a ravioli of scallops with a cepes sauce; and I had the waiter's favorite - a spicy dish of Basque tripes with raw fennel but without the truffles.
After a brief discussion, Colette indicated she was up for the apple tart with caramel ice and we helped her out a bit.
Our bill with an homage to Paga M., whose 80th birthday today would have been - a glass of Vielle Prune - no bottled water, superb warm bread with butter, one bottle of wine and 3 coffees, was 132.50 E or 88.36 E a couple. And the two waiter-comics didn't charge for any banter or jokes.