Aux Deux Amis
Meilleur petit luxe Guide 2011
Rigged out like an old dive (a big zinc-topped bar, bright yellow Formica, mirrored walls), Aux Deux Amis is the ideal spot for a good drink and some nice tapas, nibbled shoulder-to-shoulder with the other patrons. Running things, you’ll find chef Sokunthear Vong (ex-Leroy in London), who took care of us the night we went: extra juicy multicolored tomatoes dressed with lovage and dried shrimp powder for some added umami flavor; smoking hot cockles with sea beans, mixing its juices with an incredible pesto rosso; incredible steak tartare with anchovy cream and wakame seaweed; sweet lettuce hearts with a creamy sesame dressing, livened up by fish roe, fresh cilantro and dill; before a sweet and savory flavor bomb of a dessert featuring homemade pear sorbet drizzled in olive oil and sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese. // A.H.
FEELING THIRSTY? Every day there’s a selection of natural wines written out on the big mirror: an Apulian white from Progetto Calcarius (€6 a glass), a Savoie Chardonnay, Les Vins d’Envie (€23 a bottle) or an Alsatian red from Sons of Wine (€32 a bottle).
PRICE: Plates €6-13.