Le Bonaparte

Le Bonaparte

When Jamal and I were in Paris last year, we stopped for lunch at Le Bonaparte in Saint-Germain, not knowing or realizing how trendy or even photogenic the café was as we tucked inside. It was freezing that day, and we were grateful for a warm place to eat. I saved the receipt and found it packing for this trip back in April: €6 for a small Orangina, €13 for onion soup. One of those meals you don’t repeat too often, except for when I did with Annie last week (oops). And wouldn’t you know it, the onion soup was bland and tasteless, they don’t have frites on the menu, and a bottle of water is €6. Thankfully, both times I’ve gone I’ve had amazing company, or I’d be too easily distracted from how lackluster the place is overall. I shouldn’t be surprised: in a city with so many restaurants, you’re bound to get a bad one every so often. You’re pretty from the outside, Le Bonaparte, but I’ll take my tastebuds (and wallet) elsewhere.

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May 27, 2014 / art / photo / Travel / LEAVE A COMMENT / 14

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  • Yikes – those prices! You know what they say though, beauty is pain

    • I think a fair amount of suffering is needed, sometimes. ;) xo

  • Ha! It’s important to remember that “trendy” isn’t always synonymous with “good.” And so you wonder why these places become trendy in the first place. Did it used to be good and went downhill, or have they been tricking people all along?

    • I think they’re tricking people! They are luring them in with the flashy, beautiful awning and color scheme. It’s a half a block from Le Dexu Magots and Cafe de Flore on Blvd Saint-Germain, so it is rife with tourists as unsuspecting as I am, apparently. xo

  • How can you mess up French onion soup in Paris?! Blasphemy!

    • I know! And what’s worse is I haven’t had a redemption bowl somewhere else yet, either. Gotta get on that. xo

  • hopefully standing across the street and taking a photo is free. it sounds as though as that lovely exterior is the best part. those prices! oy.

    • Haha, yes, they don’t charge for that, thank god. Can you imagine? Some flower shops here have signs right in the door way with a “no photos” sign like you’d find at a museum. I think they’re sick of the tourists ;) xo

  • Hahaha. This review made me snicker. It’s true there are SO many amazing eateries in Paris, and I feel that you almost kind of expect every restaurant in Paris to be amazing. It’s PARIS!!! But glad you determined this wasn’t one of them and at least you got an incredible photograph out of it! :)

    • Yes! I agree with you. I think this place had so much to live up to with the decor there were no way my expectations could be matched. My fault, I suppose! On to the next little bistro, s’il vous plait :) xo

  • The exterior is lovely, but when you mess up such a simple soup as onion soup the exterior just seems like such a ploy. For how expensive the food is, you’d think they could find a better chef in Paris to match the prices. It probably became trendy exclusively for the exterior and apparently masses without tastebuds. I’m happy for your review; I’ll know to skip this and just purchase a Nutella crepe from a corner cart.

    • Right? It was light-colored broth, too, which was their first cardinal sin. But you’re right, with the abundance of outdoor seating and the tricolor awning and chairs, half a block from Boulevard Saint-Germain…they don’t really have to be as amazing as I’d expect them to be, they’re going to be packed all the time anyway. Ah well, c’est la vie! You live and you learn :)
      There IS a crepe stand around the corner, too! Ha! Oh, Paris. xo

  • Ah oui, malheureusement Paris parfois est trop chère ! Trop de pièges pour les touristes ! Nous avons mangé une fois le pire croissants de notre vie avec un café pour le pris de un repas ! C’est le prix à payer pour connaitre la ville plus belle du monde ? xo

    • Je suis d’accord, Eva. Je suis heureuse que j’avais l’experience, parce que maintenant je connait! J’ai eu essayer, oui? xo