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A Traditional Brasserie

Seat yourself near the entrance to the dinng roorn of this landmarked Montparnasse brasserie with a romantic art nouveau décor that includes an opulent stained-glass ceiling, and you'll end up learning the word for 'beautiful' in al least a dozen different languages while you dine. Why? In addition to a stylish crowd of loyal Parisian regulars, Montparnasse 1900 attracts a worldly international crowd from all points of the compass and this is the spontaneous reaction of almost everyone when they arrive here, since this dining room looks exactly like what they'd always hoped Paris would look Iike, romantic, elegant and unique.

A brief walk from Saint-Germain-des-Prés and just a few steps from the Gare Montparnasse train station, this brasserie, which is open daily, also delights with the qualily of its beautifully sourced, carefully prepared traditional French cooking. The 35 euro Belle Epoque prix-fixe menu is one of the best buys in town, too, since it includes an apéritif, a starter, main course, cheese and salad, dessert, coffee and a half a bottle of wine or mineral water per person. From this menu, start with a rich French onion soup and then try the sea bream with pistou sauce (similar to pesto sauce, but lighter) or hanger steak with green-pepper sauce. For dessert, there's a fluffy floating island with crushed candied almonds or vanilla crème brûlée. Specialites from the à la carte menu include veal kidneys with mustard sauce, duck breast with black currants and crispy polenta, and steak with a sauce béarnaise.

As is true of all the restaurants owned by distinguished restaurateur Gerard Joulie and his family, service here is charming and flawless, and the atmosphere here is pleasantly bustling and reliably good humoured - Sandy Drake

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