France is in the Air: Le Bon Bistrot & L'Aperô
The Condesa goes French
Two French-oriented restaurants have opened recently in the Condesa just around the corner from each other.
Le Bon Bistro, in the space formerly occupied by Poleo, looks to leafy Avenida Amsterdam. The room has been re-decorated to evoke a warm Paris bistro; Piaf and Montand waft in the background while the kitchen turns out more than serviceable French classics, such as onion soup, confit de canard, salade niçoise, filet mignon au poivre and a eye-catching tarte tatin. Prices are reasonable, ambience laid back and relaxing. C’est bon.
Le Bon Bistro
Av. Amsterdam 225, between Michoacán and Iztaccihuatl. See map
Open daily from 1:30 - 11:30 p.m., until 7 Sunday
L’Aperô occupies the cavernous site of the original Mosaico on Michoacán. It is directed by the Avernin family who are also in charge of La Maison de Famille. The space is simple and airy, done in tones of white and beige. The menu, at the time of writing in development, combines traditional French with a few Spanish and Italian dishes. A classic soupe d’oignon I sampled recently was the best I’d tasted in years. Smoked and preserved meats, for which La Maison is known are featured, as is a carefully selected wine list. Prices are reasonable, expect an average of $400 pp. with a glass of wine.
Michoacán 10, between Av. Insurgentes and Amsterdam
Tel. 5584 2932
Open Monday - Saturday 1 - 11 p.m., Sunday until 6