L’Ecailler de l’Ebeniste
Stonewalls, marble tables…. L’Ecailler de l’Ebéniste is brightening up the Batignolles neighborhood. Caught in the owner Max’s fishing nets, you’ll find small tasting plates that are perfectly calibrated for an after-work drink (imaginative grey shrimp, spiced whelks, homemade taramasalata and rillettes), a beautiful selection of oysters (classic Marennes-Oléron, €12 for six; starlets from Utah Beach for €18.50), even a good ol’ sole meunière (€18) if you’re in the mood for a more formal dinner. As for the wines, all the classics from the owner’s wine shop (L’Ebéniste du Vin) are present: Crozes-Hermitage from the Domaine des Entrefaux (€32 a bottle) or a superb and very fresh Muscadet from the Domaine de la Chauvinière (€5 a glass)…. Shellfish €5-23, dishes €15-25. // G.B.