Le Kitchen Café
In their luminous coffee shop that features Singer sewing machine bases mounted with beech wood for tables,, Connie Zagora and Laurent Ozan do much more than just serve coffee… They delight customers all day long, from savory breakfasts (soft-boiled egg marinated in soy sauce, trout gravlax, brioche, dill cream, €11.60) or sweet ones (granola and farm-fresh faisselle cheese, coffee, €5.50) to snack time (their famous marble cake and Kanelbulles, €2.50 each), and of course lunch. The day we went, the superb €24 menu included: delightful new potato salad with octopus, celery and a Norway spruce vinaigrette; hake with a quarter of a steamed yellow zucchini, nicely paired with a milk fumet, a kale-parsley oil, puffed rice and sea beans; and for the stunning finale, popcorn ice cream, popcorn powder, muscovado sugar crumble, chocolate cream, caramel coulis and a buckwheat tuile. The wines are getting better and better: an impeccable Tuscan Un Litro (€5.80 a glass), a punk Ardèche red, Babiole, from Andrea Calek (€5) or a very clean Condrieu from François Dumas (€55 a bottle). Menus €19-24 (weekdays) and €26-31 (weekends). // A.S.