Le Bar des Prés
Best bar à délices of 2018
Cyril Lignac’s second hotspot in the heart of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood is an old tanning salon madeover by Studio KO (exposed pipes, wicker light fixtures, a long backlit wooden bar, peacock feather patterns on the banquettes and dim lighting). The day we went for lunch, the cheeky Japanese-inspired cuisine won us over: a chic assortment of sashimi (yellow tail, salmon and tuna) sliced with care; minced marinated octopus with powerful jalapeño, sweet onion and cilantro flavors; an excellent lobster salad with figs, romaine and radishes, all dressed in a soy vinaigrette; before a sweet burst of mochi ice cream (green tea, mango, chocolate) for dessert. Not to mention the incredible rolls (maki with spicy tuna tartare, California rolls with king crab and mango…) and the house hit, a famous crispy spider crab galette spiced with curry and topped with avocado. At night, there are excellent cocktails shaken up by Marco Mohammadi (ex-Le Baron), like the Tokyo Garden with gin, shizo, sake, yuzu and litchi (€16). // D.C.
FEELING THIRSTY? There’s a little of everything: French wines (La Haie Nardin, a Saumur white from the Domaine Clos de l’Ecotard at €10 a glass; a Chablis from the Domaine de Chantemerle at €46 a bottle; or La Blonde du Seigneur, a Côte-Rôtie from the Domaine Georges Vernay at €153), Japanese sakes (junmai daignigjo Akabu from Iwate at €55 a bottle), worldwide cocktails (€13-17) and the house lager, a Lignac x Emmanuel Rey creation (€7 for 330 ml).
PRICE: Sushi €7-8 a piece, maki €15-18 for six, California rolls €26-28 for eight, sashimi €20-23 for five, mains €20-30, desserts €12-14.