Category Archives: Shall Sharable Plates

Aux Deux Cygnes

Well-appointed, informal and lightly exotic, rue Keller wine bar Aux Deux Cygnes is the answer for any casual diner looking to drink natural wine and snack on something other than the usual cheese plates and charcuterie. French-Vietnamese owner To Xuân Cuny shuttles between service and the kitchen, where she turns out a tasty array of sandwiches and small plates influenced by both her Vietnamese heritage and her experience in the Michelin-starred restaurant world. The latter means Aux Deux Cygnes is among the cleanest and most hospitable of Paris wine bars. The former finds expression in a tasty banh-mi, as well as some delicately piquant mackerel rillettes that arrive beneath a bright heap of cilantro. The natural wine selection perched amid the bar’s pretty triangular shelving is nicely curated to emphasize atypical grape varieties and marginal regions. If the overall experience at Aux Deux Cygnes can veer towards the dainty at times, it still makes for a welcome change from the mélée of beards and egos one encounters in many more traditional Paris natural wine bars.

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La Cremerie wine bar in Paris | parisbymouth.com

La Crèmerie

Practical information

Address: 9 rue des Quatre-Vents, 75006
Nearest transport: Odéon (4, 10)
Hours: Closed Sunday and for Monday lunch. Open for wine sales and as a wine bar from 11am-2:30pm and from 6-10:30pm.
Reservations: Strongly recommended for dinner because the small, intimate space often fills up
Telephone: 01 43 54 99 30
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: classic French, small plates
Website

Reviews of interest

Le Fooding (2013) “The little bites are wonders: Albacore tuna from the île d’Yeu, little smoked trout terrine, blood sausage with onions from La Maison Galland in Touraine, authentic ham and Bordier butter sandwich. As for the nectars, glasses of red (Roussilon Tam-Tam du Domaine du Bout du Monde at €7 a glass) and white (Touraine Petit Buisson du Clos du Tue-Boeuf at €7 a glass).”

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Le Barav’

This friendly upper Marais wine bar serves simple charcuterie, cheese, salads, and sandwiches to go along with 5€ glasses, or a bottle from their cave next door. The plate of truffled ham is always a good bet.  In the summer, there’s a great terrace on the street.

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Le Porte Pot Restaurant in Paris | Paris By Mouth

Le Porte-Pot

Practical information

Address: 14 rue Boutebrie, 75005
Nearest transport: Cluny – La Sorbonne (10), Saint-Michel (RER B&C)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday 6.30pm-2am
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 43 25 24 24
Average price for dinner: 20-34€
Style of cuisine: Wine bar, small plates
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Reviews of interest

The Guardian (2010) “There’s an old-fashioned zinc bar, and an ancient vaulted cellar transformed into a dining room…The cuisine is a mix between exotic fusion – imagine whelks with wasabi mayonnaise – and traditional rural food…”

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L’Avant Comptoir

Push back beyond the crêpe window up front and and you’ll find a convivial and crowded counter packed with elbows, charcuterie boards, communal pickle jars, and wine glasses. It’s standing room only at Yves Camdeborde’s small plates wine bar, a hit since it opened in fall of 2009. Delicious and hearty bites like duck hearts, ham croquettes and boudin noir macarons are washed down with an impressive selection of wines sold by the bottle or the glass. The opening of seafood spinoff L’Avant Comptoir de la Mer next door and, more recently, L’Avant Comptoir de la Marché just a few blocks away has dispersed the devotees throughout the neighborhood. The original remains packed, however, so go during the off hours or be prepared to be get to know the person next to you very, very well.
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Buvette restaurant in Paris

Buvette Gastrothèque

Manhattanite Jody Williams has brought her well-loved “gastrotheque” back to the city that inspired the original rustic-chic café. The appealing drinks menu includes artisanal cider, organic beer, a tight selection of wines, and pages of cocktail and apéritif options. Small plates range from 5-10€ and include plenty of vegetarian options (salads with fennel or beets, ratatouille, a croque with wild mushrooms and tangy cheese) alongside satisfying miniature versions of coq au vin, os à moelle, and hachis parmentier. Service is kind, the design is familiar but beautiful – all in all a great addition to the already booming neighborhood south of Pigalle.

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Le Garde Robe wine bar in Paris | parisbymouth.com

Le Garde Robe

Natural wine, snacks to soak it up, rowdy crowds and dancing bartenders. One of the original natural wine hangouts in Paris. Bottles also available for purchase to go.

– Meg Zimbeck, 2011

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Artisan

Frédéric Le Bordays is behind the bar and serving up excellent craft cocktails alongside a few simple small plates from chef Vanessa Krycève.

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Coinstot Vino wine bar in Paris | parisbymouth.com

Coinstot Vino

Guillaume Dupré runs this wine bar in the passage des Panoramas, serving a range of small plates for snackers, a few hot items for the hungry, and vins natures for the thirsty.

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Legrand et Fils wine bar in Paris | parisbymouth.com

Caves Legrand

A jewel box merchant in the beautiful Galerie Vivienne, Legrand specializes in the great and worthy of vinous France. Many of the shelves are taken up by wines that would be special occasion bottles for most drinkers, and safe bets for tradition-minded lovers of traditional wines. There are some surprises here and there, but this is not a funky natural wine dive. Prices aren’t exactly the lowest in the city, and the ambient temp runs a bit warm, but the space is majestic.

The store (with tables that spread out into the hallway) doubles as a wine bar/light bites restaurant, offering wine by the glass or off the shelf for a reasonable uncorking fee, and it’s worth noting that of all the many places in Paris that offer the same, Legrand has some of the nicest stemware.

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Bellota-Bellota

Practical information

Address: 18 rue Jean-Nicot, 75007
Nearest transport: La Tour Maubourg (8)
Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday; Open Tuesday-Saturday all day
Reservations: Walk-ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 53 59 96 96
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Spanish, small plates
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Additional Locations

Address: 11 rue Clément Marot, 75008
Nearest transport: Alma – Marceau (9)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday-Saturday all day
Reservations: Walk-ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 47 20 03 13

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Septime Cave

Septime’s Bertrand Grébaut and Théo Pourriat converted a shoe-repair shop to open this intimate, impeccably-designed wine bar just around the corner from their renowned restaurant. The well-informed staff serve a limited menu of exquisite small plates (ranging from cheeses and cured meats to foie gras stuffed with smoked eel) alongside a sizeable selection of well-priced natural wines from France and abroad.

On any given evening a mixed crowd of locals and tourists – some waiting for tables at Clamato, others just enjoying apéro-hour – perch on bar stools and repurposed grocery crates, mingling to a soundtrack of reggae and vintage jazz classics. For years more a way-station than an outright destination, Septime Cave has since summer 2015 been open for business on Sundays, rendering it all the more indispensable to the rue de Charonne neighborhood.

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Le Vin au Vert photo by Aaron Ayscough wine bar in Paris | parisbymouth.com

Le Vin au Vert

Wine afficionados Etienne Lucan and Sebastien Obert opened this bare-bones cave-à-manger in 2009, having put in time on the floor at Cali-transplant Kevin Blackwell’s only-slightly-less bare-bones restaurant Autour d’Un Verre. Years later, Lucan and Obert oversee one of Paris’ most surprisingly excellent and affordable wine selections. Their prices remain well-suited to the location on the sketchier side of the 9ème arrondissement, but their natural wine selection, heavy on grower Champagne and the wines of allocated cult vignerons like Jean-François Ganevat and Eric Pfifferling, would make mouths water in any tonier district. During apéro and dinner hours, the tables are reliably full of locals enjoying simple cheese and charcuterie plates, or one of the restaurant’s limited main courses (typically a choice between chicken and a sausage). Le Vin Au Vert is a discreet destination for anyone for whom food is an accompaniment to wine, not vice versa.

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La Rallonge restaurant in Paris | parisbymouth.com

La Rallonge

Practical information

Address: 16 rue Eugène Sue, 75018
Nearest transport: Marcadet-Poissonniers (4, 12)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday; Open Tuesday- Saturday for lunch and dinner
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 01 42 59 43 24
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Small plates & tapas
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Reviews of interest

Les Grands Ducs (2015) “Cette rallonge, c’est aussi celle sur laquelle les amateurs de cuisine gouailleuse et de vins sympathiques viennent s’attabler tous les soirs dans une ambiance bruyante et désordonnée comme seuls les bistrots avec âme savent en créer. Ils y goûtent les plaisirs d’une cuisine de petits plats de saison, servis en portions modestes favorisant le partage, la découverte, et les arrosent de vins francs du collier tarifés avec bienveillance.”

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Jeanne B restaurant epicerie in Paris | parisbymouth.com

Jeanne B

A cheerful clone of Jeanne A for the underserved Montmartre neighborhood - this casual eatery and take-out epicerie is open seven days a week with continuous service.

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Le Baron rouge wine bar in Paris | parisbymouth.com

Le Baron Rouge

Join the rest of the neighborhood here on Sunday afternoons for a post-market glass of wine (direct from the barrel), a plate of cheese or charcuterie or, in winter, a dozen oysters. Bottles to go, too.

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Retro'bottega restaurant in Paris photo via facebook | parisbymouth.com

Retro’Bottega

This little Italian épicerie-à-manger has just a handful of tables and plenty of heart. Plan to eat simple and product-driven fare and to drink whatever Pietro recommends. >> Read More

Le Perchoir bar in Paris | parisbymouth.com

Le Perchoir

The sunset over Sacré-Coeur is hard to beat from this perch. Queue early for drinks and bar snacks on the stellar roof deck with a stand-out 360° view of Paris (and packs of hipsters). Or, alternately, avoid the lines by booking a reservation for a prix-fixe dinner in the restaurant below.

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Clamato

Clamato currently holds the #4 spot in our list of favorite restaurants for small sharable platesA seafood and shellfish-centric joint from Bertrand Grébaut of Septime. Expect small plates of pristine marinated fish, platters of oysters, silky crab fritters (accrabes) and maple syrup pie for dessert. Wines are natural and well-selected, just like at Septime.

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Rosa Bonheur Sur Seine

Practical information

Address: Port des Invaldies (right next to the Pont d’Alexandre III), 75007
Nearest transport: Invalides (8, 13, RER C), Champs Elysées-Clemenceau (1)
Hours: Closed Monday & Tuesday; Open Wednesday-Saturday noon-2am; Open Sunday noon-9pm
Reservations: Rservations not accepted
Average price for lunch: 10-19€
Average price for dinner: 10-19€
Style of cuisine: Small plates & tapas
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Reviews of Interest

Time Out (2014) “Rosa est un spot parfait pour passer l’été, s’abandonner au soleil sur des coussins moelleux, travailler en wifi à l’ombre des arbres, s’asseoir en groupes à des tables conviviales. Les aficionados du Rosa Bonheur s’attendront à reprendre leurs petites habitudes en achetant des bouteilles de vins (à partir de 19 €), ou des verres à 3,50 €.

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Hai Kai Restaurant in Paris | Paris By Mouth

Hai Kai

There has been a need for less casual sit-down dining near the Canal Saint Martin and Hai Kai delivers on the food front with a delicate, minimalist menu from chef Amélie Darvas. The room, the clients and the staff are all very pretty, but service is spotty and undermines what is otherwise an elegant but unpretentious restaurant. Still, it’s a good Canal-side option for the fashion crowd.

Catherine Down, March 2014

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Pinxo

Practical information

Address: 9 rue d’Alger, 75001
Nearest transport: Tuileries (1)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday-Friday for lunch & dinner and Saturday for dinner only
Reservations: Book a day or two in advance
Telephone: 01 40 20 72 00
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 40-59€
Style of cuisine: Modern French, Basque & southwestern
Website   Book Online

Reviews of interest

Le Figaro(2012) “… une petite salle brut de déco aux tables serrées comme la mêlée. Une carte d’envies ventile un chic vrac de recettes à partager…”

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Dans Les Landes restaurant in Paris | parisbymouth.com

Dans Les Landes – NOW CLOSED

NOW CLOSED

Former Address: 119 bis rue Monge, 75005

Reviews of interest

Hipsters in Paris (2013) “Chipirones, duck hearts, potted boudin noir, deep fried Camembert, generous charcuterie plates and crunchy croquettes are just some of the dishes you will see on the chalkboard menu. And they are far, far more generous than their pricing suggests, a welcome departure from anorexic share plates that tend to go hand in hand with ‘wine bars’. Food coma for under €25 per head.”

John Talbott (2013) “New (sort of) but great (really) menu.”

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Braisenville restaurant in Paris | parisbymouth.com

Braisenville

Practical information

Address: 36 rue Condorcet, 75009
Nearest transport: Anvers (2)
Hours: Closed Sunday; Open Monday-Friday for lunch & dinner and Saturday for dinner
Reservations: Walk-ins welcome
Telephone: 09 50 91 21 74
Average price for lunch: 20-39€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Modern French
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Reviews of interest

Table à Découvert (2012) “Formule à 16€ (entrée-plat ou plat-dessert) et 19€ les trois. Des portions peut-être pas pantagruelliques, ce qui est bien aussi pour sortir l’esprit et le corps légers…”

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Yard restaurant in Paris | parisbymouth.com

Yard

The former construction yard turned bistro has been around Père Lachaise for years, but the arrival in Spring 2014 of chefs Shaun Kelly and Eleni Sapera, formerly of Au Passage and Bones, brought new attention to the place. They’re both gone now, and we haven’t been back since Nye Smith took over the stove.

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Entree des Artistes Pigalle cocktail bar in Paris | parisbymouth.com

L’Entrée des Artistes Pigalle

Practical information

Address: 30 rue Victor Massé, 75009
Nearest transport: Pigalle (2,12)
Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday
Reservations: Walk-Ins Welcome
Telephone: 09 67 27 37 44
Average price for a cocktail: 13€
Average price for dinner: 20-39€
Style of cuisine: Small plates & tapas
Website   Facebook   Book Online

Reviews of interest

Not Drinking Poison in Paris (2015) “I can’t think of another city on earth where such a polished, borderline nightclubby space would house a radical wine program like Vermynck’s. His selection remains unapologetically fringe-natural, but now the raw, untutored wines of Philippe Jambon‘s acolytes share layout space with maîtres like Pierre Overnoy… I can’t shake the feeling that the cuisine is just not yet as sharp as it was at the last location, however.”

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Vivant

First there was Vivant (opened next door in 2011). Then Pierre Jancou opened this space in 2012, calling it Vivant Cave. Both spaces have since been sold, but this wine bar has retained the name Vivant (dropping the word “cave”). We suppose the confusion has kept wine lovers coming in, but we haven’t been back yet under the new ownership.

Practical information

Address43 rue des Petites-Ecuries, 75010
Nearest transport: Château d’Eau (4)
Hours: Closed Saturday & Sunday; Open Monday-Friday for dinner only till late
Reservations: Book a few days in advance
Telephone: 01 42 46 43 55
Average price for lunch€20-39
Average price for dinner€20-39
Style of cuisine: Small plates & tapas
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