I was privileged to eat dinner here after the amazing concierge at my hotel secured me a reservation. This is the number 5 restaurant in Paris on TripAdvisor. It is a small restaurant that is almost always fully booked.
Not only did I have a...table, but I was seated at the chef's table about 6 feet from the open kitchen. It was an amazing experience to watch my food and everyone else's being prepared by the chef and his assistant.
The menu is a little limited but the food that is offered is excellent. It is perfectly portioned and prepared and presented like a work of art. So much attention to detail. I was at the restaurant for almost 2 hours with an unobstructed view of the kitchen. Every plate that I saw was prepared the same. It's as close as perfection as a human can get.
When I asked to substitute the mashed potatoes that accompany the turbot (fish), the waiter and chef said no problem. Not all Paris restaurants allow substitutions. They replaced it with mashed carrots.
Just like the food, the service was excellent. The menu had an English translation. Waiter was fluent or near-fluent in English, which is seldom the case in Paris. The overall vibe is a little more casual. Paper napkins, casual clothes, no tablecloths. It's not your stereotypical upscale Parisian bistro or cafe. But the service was just as good with the facade that often comes with fine dining.
The wine list was extensive but a little expensive. I stuck to the chablis offered by the glass.
All things considered, Bistrot Instinct was excellent. I can see why it is number five on TripAdvisor. Not only would I return, but I would highly recommend it.More