Septime La Cave
No bigger than a college dorm room, Septime La Cave is definitely the best bang for your buck per m2 on Rue de Charonne. Standing around the eucalyptus-green bar, you’ll notice the coolest looks from the international foodie sphere, all sipping natural wine and having a laid-back dinner or snacking while waiting for a table to open up at the nearby Clamato. Expect delightful treats that are supervised by Bertrand Grébaut – sophisticated tapas that go down easy with some excellent wines selected by his partner Théophile Pourriat: umami-esque wagyu ham from Galicia seasoned with olive oil and fennel; excellent pélardon cheese from Quatrehomme; sublime pâté en croûte from Maison Verot; lovely saucisson from Ardèche… Because happiness can indeed be quite simple… // F.P.
FEELING THIRSTY? There’s a wealth of extraordinary bottles: a straight-forward Bourgogne-Aligoté from the Domaine Derain (€7 a glass), Tetramythos, an intriguing dry Muscat from Peloponesse (€7.50), a Lot red from Parlange et Illouz (€6.50)… Bottles starting at €17.50.
PRICE: Plates €4-14.