La Pointe du Grouin

Kouign Amann at La Pointe du Groin restaurant in Paris | parisbymouth.com

Named for a pig’s snout (and not its other end), this dirt-cheap Breton wine bar is sandwiched between Thierry Breton’s two other eateries Chez Michel and Chez Casimir.  Don’t worry if you don’t understand the system–it’s not clear that there is one. Just sidle up to the bar, let them know how hungry you are, and wait for the small plates to roll out. Expect hearty regional fare including breaded pig snout with tapenade and braised oxtail with celery root purée, plus spot-on desserts like chocolate kouign amann and prune-studded far breton.  On the beverage front, it’s wines by the magnum and box wine that isn’t atrocious. The small-plates lunch is augmented by excellent sandwiches on Breton’s own bread with ingredients like house-smoked salmon, raw cream and piment d’Espelette. These can be packed to-go for travelers headed to the nearby Gare du Nord.

— Catherine Down, July 2013

Practical information

Address: 8 rue de Belzunce, 75010
Nearest transport: Gare du Nord (4,5), Poissonnière (7)
Hours: Open Monday-Friday 8am-12am, Saturday 12pm-2am and Sunday for brunch.
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: No telephone
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Breton, small plates & tapas
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Reviews of interest

Table à Découvert (2014) ” Le lieu comme j’en connais assez peu à Paris: un bar à tapas bretons, très accessibles soit dit en passant, brut de décoffrage comme son patron Thierry Breton, où l’on respire et d’où l’on n’a pas envie de partir, tout cela faisait que j’avais envie de revenir.”

Philippe Toinard (2013) “Entre restaurant, table d’hôtes et pâtisserie – boulangerie, Thierry Breton a imaginé un lieu où tout est permis mais où le client en fait plus que de coutume.”

Not Drinking Poison in Paris (2013) “It’s spacious, rangy, and weird, offering magnums of natural wine and simple small plates at a price-quality ratio approaching the one achieved when Manhattan was bought for beads. It’s a Paris wine bar that explodes the traditional Parisian opposition between egalité and haute-qualité: a place where many can drink well for very little.”

Figaroscope (2013) “bistrot de vagabondage nappé de carreaux et de bonnes intentions par la bande du voisin Chez Michel, où les appétits trouveront à pique-niquer dans l’urbain à grand renfort de gaillardises bretonnantes et de casse-croûte ventrus.”