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Ô Divin

What started off as a small natural wine bar near the Parc des Buttes Chaumont became in 2013, with the recruitment of chef Mathieu Moity, a more ambitious restaurant serving a Modern French tasting menu on Tuesday-Friday nights. Saturday night reverts to the old wine bar formula – excellent cheese and charcuterie plus oysters and other simple fare. Monday nights are exceptionally fun when the kitchen serves nothing but couscous de porc – an untraditional version with crispy suckling pig and vegetables that haven’t been simmered into oblivion. Owner and natural wine lover Naoufel Zaïm maintains a lengthy list of interesting bottles, but he’ll also pour glass by glass to let you discover new wines. The dining room is tiny, but in nice weather the doors open onto an interior courtyard that makes for one of Paris’ most charming outdoor patios. A local and friendly vibe, thanks to the out-of-the-way location.

 An absolute favorite

Practical information

Address: 35 rue des Annelets, 75019
Nearest transport: Botzaris (7bis)
Hours: Open Monday-Saturday for dinner and Tuesdays-Fridays for lunch; Closed Sunday
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 40 40 79 41
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Modern French

Reviews of interest

Libération (2014) “Ce midi-là, les tarbais et les betteraves convient le lieu jaune de ligne, le chou-fleur, l’olive et la mûre embaument la pintade fermière. «J’essaie de donner une histoire à un plat, explique Mathieu. Je commence par poser le légume, puis je crée des condiments et après seulement je pose une viande ou un poisson.»Ensemble, ils font le marché place des Fêtes, à deux pas du restaurant, et se servent aussi chez le maraîcher de haut vol Joël Thiebault.”

Atabula (2014) “Une très belle cohérence. Rien ne vient briser ce sentiment d’harmonie qui émane dès que l’on entre : service amical, rapide et précis, vins nature à gogo et assiettes pleines de saveurs, franches et fraîches.”

Le Fooding (2013) “Bistrot fragile perché au-dessus des Buttes-Chaumont, Ô Divin dealait déjà tapas et vins nature dans un recoin du Studio Talk Over, l’ancien Studio Plus 30 où Gainsbourg, Bowie et Joe Cocker gravèrent jadis de jolis scuds… En ce mois de mai 2013, changement de braquet : aidé de son frérot Redha Zaïm, proprio du mythique studio, Naoufel, le taulier, attaque les travaux et recrute Mathieu Moity – ex-Bras, Aizpitarte et Papilles Insolites à Pau.”

John Talbott (2013) “A fine natural wine place opened about 3 years ago…reconfigured the place…and brought in Mathieu Moity–whose CV looks like he moved through some of the great kitchens in Europe – Noma, Chateaubriand, Bras, etc.  The carte is limited but, as you will see, good and 3 courses for 20 E and reminds me of what Eric Frechon did for 190 FF around the corner a few years ago.”

Aaron Ayscough (2011) “Ô Divin is home to a great selection of offbeat, inexpensive, 100% natural wines, and precisely none of the self-seriousness or pretension that can at the worst of times accompany their service… Ô Divin’s modest but engaging menu consists of one aced dish after another, all at 19ème arrondissement prices.”

Meg Zimbeck (2011) “I treasure this little spot near the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, and come often for the selection of natural wines and simple food. It’s neither expensive nor ambitious nor crowded, and the welcome from Nafouel is always sweet.”

Additional images

O Divin restaurant Paris photo Meg Zimbeck dining room

O Divin by Meg Zimbeck

O Divin by Meg Zimbeck - Naofel

2 thoughts on “Ô Divin”

  1. This is one of my favourite restaurants in Paris and I would highly recommend it, above average service, food and wine. The man serving us made us have such a great experience there. The only thing is, your price range (20-39€) isn’t accurate, we paid about 70€ per person including wine! It was well worth it though. I will definitely go back.

  2. I’ll let my co-editor, Aaron Ayscough, speak for himself, but I found today’s meal at O Divin, which is now a full-food service bistro to be really creative and good and within most person’s price point.

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