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Miroir, 18th Arr.

94 Rue des Martyrs
France 75018
Tel: 33 1 48 06 50 73's insider take:

It's a sunny Saturday in Montmartre: Children scamper around the merry-go-round on the Place des Abbesses, their giggles and chatter filling the air; a trumpet player works the crowded café tables along the rue Yvonne le Tac; and the rue des Martyrs, which stretches uphill through two arrondissements, is packed with people out to enjoy the street's boutiques and little restaurants. The smart, or lucky, ones will end up at Miroir. It's a small, casual place, hung with red and black cartoony abstracts and lots of miroirs (mirrors)—the neighborhood bistro you wish your neighborhood had. Miroir was opened last fall by Sébastien Guinard, a former chef at Alain Ducasse's Parisian bistro, Aux Lyonnais, along with that establishment's sommelier, Mathieu Buffet, and Buffet's partner, Charlotte Dupuy. The pedigree shows. Guinard gets just about everything on his daily blackboard menu right: generous slabs of homemade duck terrine, moist and delicious; langoustines, barely cooked and bathed in lemongrass cream, that taste fishing-village fresh; juicy patte bleu chicken with woodsy morels and a couple of irresistible little "sausages" made from chopped mushrooms and chicken giblets; pig's feet boned, thinly sliced, and fried until crisp; confit leg of lamb with a whole garden's worth of perfect vegetables; wickedly dense chocolate mousse. Prices are fair, too: about $35 for two courses, about $45 for three, with a glass of wine (the list is small but savvy) and coffee thrown in.—Colman Andrews, first published on

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