The place : This is the new intimate and trendy spot cooked up by Les Becs Parisiens (Chocho, Les fous de l’Ile, Colvert, Le Christine) in the heart of Saint-Germain. Spread over two narrow levels, this small address facing the Marché Saint-Germain can only accommodate up to fifteen guests: reservations are highly recommended! It's in the basement, invisible from the street but overlooking a courtyard, that the real magic happens: a small bar, exposed stones, 70s-style light fixtures, dim lighting, terracotta floor tiles, and electro music in the speakers, it's time for a seriously good evening ! Sorry for the pun, but this wine cellar also deals... in sake.
The plates : In the kitchen, it's Julien Avila, ex-Chocho, who prepares wonderful dishes to share - or not - that are simple and effective: lacquered quail skewers with fermented quince BBQ sauce that's totally indulgent (€16), a grilled oyster mushroom and mimolette cheese sando-croque with soubressade (€14), homemade sage-smoked butter linguine (€15), or a soft-boiled egg with chorizo and onion cream (€7). Also available for nibbling are a top-notch selection of Iberian charcuterie from Dehesa and cheeses from Cow.
To drink : Grapes and rice grains take the spotlight here! Behind the bar counter, Mathieu Guérin, ex- Mosuke, tinkers with bottles, wine in one hand, sake in the other, and offers expert advice. Who would have thought that a Japanese beverage would elevate Serrano ham? You can enjoy a sparkling Junmai Karakuchi (€10 per glass), Kaze no Mori (€9 per glass), tramontane Côte Catalanes (€6 per glass), or Mauzac Vert from Plageoles (€7 per glass) without hesitation!
Grain(s), 6 Rue Mabillon, Paris 6th. Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm. 07 64 44 30 75.
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