Half a dozen visits after our first confirm our extremely favourable initial impressions. But visitors should know this is not your typical bistro or brasserie, with a wide range of choices. It is a tiny place, 28-30 seats max, including four at the counter overlooking the kitchen, with a miniscule menu - two entrees, two plats and two desserts, plus a cheese board. Sergio Diaz-Lino, the patron and chef and his talented sidekicks might be able to rustle up a vegetarian dish if asked but don't bank on it. But what they serve is exceptional, recently a gorgeous veloute of cauliflower, a mackerel entree with paper thin sliced root vegetables, delicate cod on a bed of quinoa, rare beef, moist chicken breast, I could go on. Actually, I almost wish this review went unread because I want to be able to continue to go there whenever in Paris, which is, fortunately, frequently. The Batignolles is off the beaten tourist track at the moment, no small mercy, though stuffy Parisians are beginning to discover that some of the best and most imaginative food in the city can be found in the 17th.