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.”

Sophie Brissaud (2012) “C’est toujours agréable de s’asseoir au zinc pour boire un petit verre (cette fois, un tursan rouge bien croquant) et grignoter les dernières nouveautés proposées par Julien. Tout est délicieux…Certaines tapas valent bien la traversée de Paris.”

Alexander Lobrano (2011) “Among its other attractions, and they’re many, Dans Les Landes is a very friendly place…deep fried chipirons (baby squid), baby clams with chick peas and avocado, the best little barbecued pork ribs I’ve ever eaten in Paris…and doubtless a dish or two that I don’t remember.”

François-Régis Gaudry for L’Express (2011) “On ne l’a pas vue venir, celle-là. On aurait même eu du mal à la prendre au sérieux, si on était tombé dessus par hasard, avec son air de néo-brasserie fêtarde pour sorbonnards en mal de sangria et son écran plat hurlant le dernier Bayonne-Stade français…. Il y a forcément un chef, un vrai, derrière cette tournée ripailleuse.”

Barbra Austin – Girls’ Guide to Paris (2011) “This place is best enjoyed with a group around one of the high communal tables. The small plates are actually fairly generous…croquettes of polenta with smoked duck, fantastic finger food. Chipirons (baby squid, also fried) were served in a wooden clog…There are plenty of wines by the glass to wash all of this down.”

Aaron Ayscough (2011) “As befits a meal consisting mostly of salty drunk food, we tore into the wine list. DansLes Landes’ is what I would classify as an eminently tolerable wine list. It’s fairly priced, with quite a few good selections, and maintains an admirable focus on wines from the southwest, an area that gets consistently overlooked on most decent wine lists.”

Patricia Wells (2011) “…full of varied tapas-style tastes from France’s southwest, including meaty grilled quail breasts; tender fried chipirions (baby squid) sprinkled with a touch of sweet pepper…Sip a glass of white Irouleguy, and enjoy!”

Sébastien Demorand (2011) “…rafale de bouchées impeccables (chipirons frits d’enfer, délicatement servis — mais oui — dans un sabot, rouleau de printemps de salade landaise et vinaigrette truffée, travers de porc confits puis laqués avec une sauce barbecue géante…), et en partant, une certitude: ce Camdeborde junior va mettre le feu au quartier.”

John Talbott (2011) “…a long chalkboard of tapas…daily specials…and an awesome list of desserts.”

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.”

L’Express (2015) “… des cocktails premium (mention pour le Chicharito à base de tequila, concombre et miel d’agave infusé aux épices) et des assiettes miniformat: céleri façon carbo, ravioli de shiitaké… Passé 23 heures, le son monte de plusieurs décibels et l’ambiance s’échauffe.”

52 Martinis (2015) “L’Entrée des Artistes Pigalle, delivers the same hat trick of food, wine and cocktails but in a dramatically different SoPi space… The entire menu looks more to focus on cocktail quality rather than cutting edge.”

Le Fooding (2015) “S’en dégage un parfum de polar à L.A., un pousse-à-siroter du raide sur Missin’ Persons Bureau de Womack & Womack : des trucs au rhum, vermouth et grains de café infusés (Altura negroni), au cognac, rye, bitter et liqueur de tabac (Mon vieux tabac) ou à la vodka, jus de betterave, citrons et cordial au gingembre (Fat Beets)… Pour grignoter à la bougie des assiettes de circonstance: truite mi-cuite, anchoiade, grenade et herbes; carpaccio de veau et tapenade de haddock; seiche, aubergine brûlée, sauce thaïe; poireaux vinaigrette, moules et chips de sarrasin; huîtres d’Utah Beach, foie gras ou jambon de bœuf de Galice; ricotta, poires pochées et caramel à plonger le nez dans le bol…”

Reviews from the prior location

Le Figaro (2013) “Un lieu à la croisée des genres entre bar à cocktails, cave à manger et club d’habitués, où l’on se dispute la vingtaine de places disponibles, jusque tard dans la nuit. Très beau choix de vins, cocktails pleins de style et bonne bistrote familiale.”

World’s Best Bars (2011) “The cocktails tend towards the innovative but they’re happy to dish up the classics on request – the super friendly service is part of the appeal. The food menu is compact, but the dishes are tasty (try the cheese or charcuterie plates if you’re in the mood for a snack) and you have the comfort of knowing that they’re keeping it in the family – the food is all made by the sommelier’s mum.”

Not Drinking Poison in Paris (2011) “…alongside a boldly curated natural wine list, a list of cocktails that is the equal of any in the city…”

52 Martinis (2011) “…a relaxed, low key, pint-sized cocktail bar with a significant food and wine list as well…Given the care that’s going into these drinks, L’Entrée des Artistes currently rates as one of Paris’ best values for money in cocktail options.”

Photos courtesy of Jacquelyn Rosenfeld

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
Website   Facebook

Reviews of Interest

These reviews date from before Vivant was sold. 

Le Fooding (2014) “Vivant n’est pas mort pour autant, bien au contraire… Sa carte ? Simplissime en apparence.”

Not Drinking Poison in Paris (2014) “Forstorp’s characterful presence almost singlehandedly makes Vivant Cave a destination, paradoxically the best new restaurant of the much-fêted, meaningless rentrée without even being a new restaurant.”

Note: Pierre Jancou, the owner mentioned in the reviews below, sold the restaurant in January 2014.

Not Drinking Poison in Paris (2012) “It’s a cave-à-manger

 restauranty sort of thing… the space is sort of a tricked-out pantry, the are just eleven table seats, and prices are precisely where they used to be at the old Vivant, which is to say they’re fair for what one receives, but a notch higher than the wine-bistrot norm.”

Les Fines Gueules

On a lovely corner near the Place des Victoires, Les Fines Gueules serves quality product in simple-but-good preparations. One of the best hand cut steak tartares in the city. The wine list is overwhelmingly natural, and there’s a handful of tables outside for sipping on the sidewalk on warm summer nights. Warning: many readers have raised concerns about the service (see comments below).

– Meg Zimbeck, 2013