The first time I tried to find Bistrot Victoires (no website), I got lost* and wandered around the Louvre/Palais-Royal for an hour or so. It was a not-unpleasant experience. When I finally found it, it was a treat.
The multi-room restaurant was packed with the lunch crowd. As usual in many Paris bistros, the tables were only centimeters apart.
You’re probably tired of reading comments in which I write “This X was the best X I’ve ever had,” but I’m about to do it again: The Duck Confit at Bistrot Victoires was easily the best I’ve ever eaten. I was a bit worried before I tasted it, because the plate had been delivered to my table only a few minutes after I’d placed my order, but that was probably because the chefs could anticipate high demand in this v busy restaurant.
Unlike most of the duck dishes I’ve had in the past, which tend toward the meager side, this one was exceptionally meaty. It came with a small salad, and with crisp frites. I was happy.
Finished the meal with Pie à la Mode. After all. I was in Paris.
*I know, it’s impossible to get lost in the 21st century, what with universally accessible GPS. I found a way. I’ve found several ways, now that I think of it.