Rodent at Bistrot Benoit Paris
Just two blocks away from Julien Aurouze, the venerable vermin fighters since 1872 and immortalised in the Disney film Ratatouille, Alain Ducasse owns Bistrot Benoit on rue Saint Martin, with branches in Tokyo and New York. We have been there on several occasions. On our last visit, our dog discovered that he was not alone under our table. I do not know how many of the little mouse’s friends and relatives are in their kitchen, helping Ducasse’s staff process the food, which is really rather good. It is too bad that Ratatouille and friends do not help the sommelier who thinks nothing of pouring claret into a carafe with gobs of sediment. The rodents also do not help them in replying to or acknowledging customer emails.