L'Esprit Bistro

French in Verdun

Such good old-fashioned, family-run bistros are a dying breed. No-nonsense L'Esprit goes for the classic look, with red-and-white checked tablecloths, tightly packed seating and day specials chalked on a board. Dishes like beef cheek confit, lamb shanks slow-cooked in thyme, and red mullet with creamy risotto are bang on the money. The plat du jour goes for just €9.80.