Le Siffleur de Ballons
Warning: this establishment was tested before the reign of Covid 19… Certain information may no longer be up to date in regards to the current situation: hours, menu, prices…
White stone walls, a long gilded wooden bar, tightly-squeezed-together tables… Thierry Bruneau and Thomas Dufour (who also run L’Ebauchoir) offer up 400 bottles that are just waiting to be drunk at this faubourgeois wine bar! As for the food, Le Siffleur de Ballons also wins over lovers of bistro fare: a beautiful beluga lentil salad with hazelnuts and preserved lemon; plump raw buffalo milk mozzarella from Nanina with basil and nectarines; veal tataki fused with hummus and a parsley-rich sauce vierge; and an incredible old-fashioned rice pudding cake. At lunch, the house also sends out hot croque sandwiches (ciabatta, coppa, basil, tomato, goat’s milk tomme and spinach, for example) with a soup of the day. // A.D.
FEELING THIRSTY? There’s a beautiful selection of wines by the glass: a Hérault Grenache from Le Mas Foulaquier, a Saumur-Champigny from Bobinet (€7), a Roussillon white from Vinoceros (€6), etc. As for the bottles, all of our favorite winemakers make an appearance: Riffault, Nicq, Bain, Pacalet… starting at €19 a bottle.
PRICE: Set menu €14 (lunch), plates €5-14, platters €12-16.