La Cave à Michel
Brick walls, shelves full of bottles, a long zinc-topped bar…. In this small dive adjacent to the Tischenko brothers’ restaurant Le Galopin, you can pop in and buy a bottle, have a quick glass of wine, chat with your neighbors and, during the evenings, test out small plates stitched together on the spot by Romain in the kitchen corner. The last time we went: whelks with mayo in a herby court-bouillon (€8); incredibly tender Iberian secreto served with crisp snow peas (€10); ganache drizzled in olive oil (€7)…. And for thirsty diners, there are 140 tempting options to choose from: a red Gamay VDF from Nicolas Dubost (€6 a glass), Coma Idyllique or Provoke from François Ecot (€25 and €26 a bottle), a superb white from Campania Don Chisciotte from Azienda Pierluigi Zampaglione (€36)… Plates €2-12, desserts €7. // D.C.