The place : "Bistro - Friends - Grapes." It's all said. Perched at the top of Le Marais near Cirque d'Hiver, Arlette first catches the eye with its polished decor reminiscent of a chic country house (old red tiles, woodwork, vintage furniture...) and, a rare find in a wine bar: space! We admire the Brazilian chef Ricardo (also behind the Boteco cocktail bars) behind the bar, live from the dining room, and already dream of being able to sit on the terrace as soon as the first rays of sun appear.
The plates : As a first discovery for aperitif, the playful bites of pork rillons without pork (€9), sweet and savory vegetable-based variants made with tapioca and coconut. For starters, we opt for the soft-boiled egg with Jerusalem artichokes and Parmesan emulsion, and continue with the tender pork loin and confit potatoes. Ultimate joy: the chocolate mousse with fleur de sel and olive oil. Expect €36 for the three-course combo.
To drink : Around 40 wine references, including 10 by the glass or pitcher, chosen by Ricardo's associates who are also independent wine merchants, with the main goal of representing all French regions with an original selection. Special mention for the Pouilly-Fumé Tronsec (€55) or the Château de Passavant (€38 per bottle, €7 per glass) for whites, or the Pinot Noir from Alsace Les Sens (€42 per bottle, €8 per glass).
Arlette, 143 rue Amelot, Paris 11th. Open for lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday. 09 84 02 65 95.
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