You’d be wrong to snub this elegant façade on Place Sathonay, behind which Bel Ami is tucked away. Inside this seductive bistro/wine bar (stone walls, a windowed bar, beautiful high ceilings), the in-the-know wine merchant Sébastien Huillard and tapas chef Javier Calleja Bonilla show diners a seriously good time, without taking themselves too seriously in the process: delicate salmon gravlax with sherry and horseradish; sensational Galician-style octopus; ultra-tender Iberian pork pluma with a red mojo sauce; rich foie gras mi-cuit with cocoa and beets; precious arancini with avocado and manchego cream; or even a comforting chocolate cookie topped with cocoa mousse and a strawberry-rhubarb brunoise. // G.V.
FEELING THIRSTY? There’s a stunning wine collection: a Côtes-du-Rhône red from Matthieu Barret (€6.50 a galss), a Crozes-Hermitage white from the Domaine Combier (€7.50), an organic Pouilly-Fuissé from the Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau (€30 a bottle), a Côte-Rôtie from Jean-Michel Stéphan (€93)…
PRICE: Menu €19 (lunch), tapas €6-14 (dinner).