A wave of young and innovative chefs came to rule the gastronomical scene of Paris. Produce obtained from the small local producers, natural, organic wines and memorable meals ranging from typical French food de campagne to even more inventive and interesting eats.
Le Verre Volé is one of these places, small bistro and cave à vin in the 10th, at the Canal St.Martin. It’s a small and warm place for people in search for good meal based on fresh products for more than a reasonable price. The atmosphere is lovely, and the interior cheerful with shelves filled with wine bottles taking up every centimetre of the wall. The menu is read from the chalkboards and it changes frequently, making every trip to this bistro a sweet anticipation.
The staff is friendly, happy to explain every detail of the meal and recommend a perfect wine to accompany it. A heavenly smell coming from the kitchen just behind is a dominion of a lady chef, Delphine Zampetti.
Beautifully visually composed delightful three course meal together with two glasses of an extraordinary good wine is far from being expensive, especially taking into consideration just what kind of food you can get elsewhere for the same amount of money. People know how to recognise it so think of reserving in advance.
My entrée was kind of a dive into the unknown for me. I had coeur d’agneau (lamb’s heart), divinely marinated and then grilled, accompanied by a delicious corn purée. The main dish was also an extraordinary turn for me – since I don’t (usually) eat pork – poitrine de cochon fermier, pork breast cooked for 12 hours resulting in the tenderest piece of meat I have ever tried. It literally melted in the mouth.
The wine was excellent, reminded me a bit of the home-made wine we get every year from our relatives on the coast. Crisp and refreshing, it went beautifully with the dish.
Desserts are not less surprising either. I had white chocolate soup with mint and red berries crumble. The chocolate soup was an interesting combination and I was mildly smitten by how good it tasted. But the crumble was a perfect pick by far. Warm crumbs mixed with huge blackberries and raspberries with a touch of gentle airy cream and a generous amount of chopped pistachio and whole almonds.
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Le Verre Volé
67 rue de Lancry