Augustin Marchand d'Vins
By setting up his bottles on rue des Grands-Augustins, the aptly-named Augustin Marchand has carved out a prime spot for himself: a deliciously intimate wine den (stone walls, exposed rafters, travertine tables) with red neon lights on the windowed façade that gives it a very Twin Peaks-esque feel about the place. But don’t misunderstand us, apart from this particular stylistic detail (and perhaps also the owner’s leather apron), there’s nothing sleazy about this place… On the contrary: delicious saucisson from Ardèche sliced as thin as rolling papers; copious organic smoked Scottish salmon; a classic burrata sprinkled with hazelnuts and mandolined mushrooms; farm-fresh Saint-Nectaire cheese; notto mention the hot dish of the day – fresh peas, asparagus and morel mushrooms with cream from Jersey cattle the day we went. // A.A.
FEELING THIRSTY? There are organic, dynamic and natural choices: a straight-forward Loire white from Puzelat that goes down easy (€7 a glass), a charming Fleurie from Yann Bertrand (€29 a bottle), a supernatural Jura Gamay from the Domaine de l’Octavin (€39), a praise-worthy Pinot noir from Frédéric Gounan in Auvergne(€75), etc. Corkage fee €10.
PRICE: Platters and plates €10-26.