The Faitout is a cozy, ramshackle sort of place popular with Belleville types who return time and again for the laid-back atmosphere and the great food.
The café I-Pod is usually handed round for the customers to choose the music, and free popcorn circulates in the late afternoon.
The menu’s varied and not expensive, including meat and fish based French classics as well as big salads and some delicious vegetarian options like courgette lasagna. All are consistently well prepared and presented. There is also a good selection of wines and they do various ‘formules’ or menu deals where you get 2 courses for € 16.50 or 3 for a € 25 in the evening – there are others at lunch too so check the website for details.
A book shelf along one wall contains novels, guide books and odd miscellany in a selection of languages (mainly French and English) as well as board games. The attraction of the Faitout is easy to conceive, and for me this really lies in the comfort of the large leather booths where many happy hours can be spent reading, eating, drinking…indeed if it’s lazing about you seek, then the Faitout is just the place.
The bar and terrace fill up later on with an artsy local crowd. Blankets on the terrace ensure smokers may take their time on cold evenings.
P.S. Try the syrup with coffee but be careful, it’s not to everyone’s taste as I lately discovered after pushing a friend to try it.