What’s in a name? 24×36 is obviously a measurement. But for what? The logo to this classic bistro in the 11th neighbourhood along Rue de Montreuil is sharply rendered in a condensed elongated and chinky typeface. It feels contemporary. The food served in this independent bistro is above par.
Each time I go I find out a little bit more about the proprietors and their ambitions for 24×36. The first thing to discover is the 2 guys running the show, one knows his wines and the other is the chef. Their main passion aside making a successful bistro business is that they’re both into photography. Et voila – the name 24×36. That’s the size, well at least the proportions of a classic 35mm film format – pre-digital photography.
So dine at 24×36 and you get a classic bistro that’s got, you might say, an analogue feel. Even down to the fittings. Inside they’ve taken vintage street furniture and used them as fixtures to brighten up the place, quite literally. For instance they’ve two enormous top-electric street lamps which have a traditional and lovely warm cast of an orange glow. It’s worth locating metro Faidherbe-Chilagny along line 8 which is the nearest stop for finding your way to this top spot.
In the better weather you can expect a good seat on the pleasant but urban street terrace.
24×36 | Restaurants (French modern) | Starter & main € 28
39 Rue de Montreuil | +33143732470
Mon – Sat 08:00 – 00:00