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Benoit Restaurant Review: In Paris since 1912, just steps away from the Hotel de Ville, restaurant Benoît is the archetypal Parisian bistro. Acquired by the Alain Ducasse Group and by Thierry de la Brosse from the Petit family, owners for three generations, Benoît is renowned for its warm and convivial old-fashioned atmosphere where velvet banquettes, brass fixtures, lace curtains and a polished zinc bar add to the charm. The chef turns out escargots in their shells with garlic butter and herbs; tête-de-veau, or head of veal, in a traditional ravigote vinaigrette sauce; bœuf à la parisienne; and good cassoulet. But not to be missed are the desserts, such as a rum-imbibed savarin sponge cake and orange ice cream soufflé. To accompany these soul-satisfying dishes, Gérard Margeon proposes some 350 bottles covering the better part of France's wine-producing regions. Prix-fixe lunch menu at €36. Beware: Only American Express is accepted.