Café de la Nouvelle Mairie
Chic meals guaranteed at this pretty wine bar located across the street from Universal Music, with a tin bar, cadavers of exquisite bottles (Augereau, Breton…) and a big blackboard menu decked out with all the essentials: chicken liver terrine with raisins and Armagnac (€8.50); braised beef brisket (€17); grilled sausage with blond peas (€15)… Plus a handful of more delicate dishes: pan-fried white asparagus sprinkled with crushed pistachios (€9); smoked mozzarella comfortably plated over a perfectly spiced eggplant purée, sprinkled with toasted almonds (€11); a runny manigodine cheese from the Savoie (€7.50); sweetened gariguette strawberries with meringue and homemade whipped cream (€8.50)…. To celebrate all that, uncork a bottle, chosen blindly: Pourpre, a Côtes-du-Rhône from Maxime-François Laurent (€6 a glass), an excellent Maximum from Nicolas Carmarans (€6.80), a buttery Chenin Méchant from Nicolas Reau (€5), or a craft La Loirette beer from the Brasserie de La Pigeonnelle (€6 for 330 ml). À la carte €24.50 to €40.50. // S.G.