Le Petit Keller
Hidden within this retro Parisian bistro decked out with black and white checkered tile floors, timeworn benches and Formica tables is the soul of an izakaya (a Japanese tapas bar). Since Kaori Endo (ex-Nanashi and Rose Bakery) took it over in 2016, Le Petit Keller has become one of the most inspired and original spots in the neighborhood, so rich in organic bobo avatars… For us, the day we went for lunch, the dish of the day (€17) soared sky high: grilled bass fillet with a butter and ponzu sauce, Japanese-marinated tomatoes, a duo of semi-wholegrain rice and roasted radishes. Other options that were just as appealing: an exemplary salmon donburi (€16) – or a beef version (€14.50). Round off your meal with one of the delicious desserts made by Kaori: a moist matcha cake (€8) or fig tart (€8). At night, the house serves tapas without borders: azuki bean hummus (€5); roasted button mushrooms (€5); Chavassieux saucisson (€5); tamago egg (€3.50); smoked buffalo bocconcini, anchovies and lemon confit (€12), etc. And there are only good things to drink as well: homemade ginger ale (€6), a white Alsace from Jean-Pierre Rietsch (€6 a glass), Poisson Rouge, a Languedoc from Déborah Knowland (€26 a bottle) and all kinds of tea and coffee. Donburi from €14.50 to €16 (lunch), dish of the day (€17), tapas €3-12. // J.G.