On one of the other nights that we didn’t have dinner plans, we took to the neighborhood streets of the 1er arrondissement.  We didn’t want glamorous or inventive, just something comfortable and low-key (and delicious).  Les Fines Gueules turned out to be a pretty good find, a whimsical corner restaurant with a charming politesse.  There were some seats next to the bar, and in a wine cellar-esque dining room, romantically dim and sunken a half-flight of steps below street level.House of Haos Les Fines Gueules 75001 Paris ExteriorWe ordered charcuterie to start, and Myra had a steak tartare as her main.  I ordered sea bass with micro-greens and roasted tomato.House of Haos Les Fines Gueules 75001 Paris Charcuterie Coppa Prosciutto Salamai Gherkins House of Haos Les Fines Gueules 75001 Paris Steak Tartare House of Haos Les Fines Gueules 75001 Paris Sea BassWe finished with some cheese, none of whose detailed names I recall, but the Fourme d’Ambert was crazy good.House of Haos Les Fines Gueules 75001 Paris Cheese Plate Fromage My minor gripe with the service is that they seemed to leave us fairly unattended – given the sunken dining room and the lack of free space, there wasn’t a spot for any server to monitor the room.  I can only imagine it being hard to flag somebody down on a busier night without getting up and going to the bar.  The menu was inconveniently scrawled on only one chalkboard, which was then passed around among the tables as needed.House of Haos Les Fines Gueules 75001 Paris BarLes Fines Gueules
43 rue Croix des Petits Champs
75001 Paris
(Paris by Mouth)

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