Le café des délices

Restaurant Le café des délices (Paris)

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This café feels like a future watering hole for many of you! Run by Édouard Lax, the man behind Le Grand Bain located right across the street and Le Petit Grain a little further away, this dusty old neighborhood bistro has been given a makeover (a terra cotta facade, waxed concrete walls, a polished zinc-topped bar). For everything else, it’s pretty straightforward: a big terrace, a selection of snazzy small plates, friendly staff, that’s all folks! Sent out the other night with gusto: supplì (rice croquettes) stuffed with ‘nduja and pecorino, as plump as you’d find in Italy; flatbread topped with loads of shaved lamb kebab, fresh herbs from the house vegetable patch, pickled purple cabbage, white sauce and crispy fries; crispy rosemary focaccia, to be plunged into minty baba ganoush; and for something sweet, chocolate mousse with caramelized hazelnuts and spicy olive oil. One final point in its favor? At the end of May, flâneurs and workers alike can squat the terrace or the upstairs space all day long, and hang out for lunch…. We’re sold! // Henriette Ma

FEELING THIRSTY? : Cocktails galore, from a classic Negroni (€9) to a bolder Spritz KG on tap (Indian MAH liqueur, pet’ nat’ wine, redcurrant leaf kombucha, Sirene americano and pomegranate molasses – €11), along with homemade vermouth and limoncello (€4 and €5 a glass), plus a few beautiful natural wines (including a Grenache and Mondeuse Savoyard blend from Antoine Petitprez at €24 a bottle). 
PRICE: : Small plates €4-14. 

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