Tomette (Paris)

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In his dimly-lit tavern (sixties light fixtures, neon red lights) in the heart of the Aligre neighborhood, owner Charlie Genevière welcomes in crowds with a vast selection of natural wines. And what about the plates? The day we went, our set lunch menu included some pretty Roman-style artichokes with Parma ham and pomelo, followed by a flawlessly prepared Morteau sausage with green Puy lentils. Otherwise, at both lunch and dinner, this former member of the Mazouz restaurant group (404, Derrière, Andy Wahloo) whips up all kinds of tapas (think sliced charcuterie and guindilla peppers; cheese boards; soft-boiled eggs topped with mayonnaise; homemade foie gras; terrines…). Sweets might include something like rice pudding or chestnut tiramisu (when in season!). // J.P.

FEELING THIRSTY? An Alsatian red from Achillée (a glass of wine is included in the set lunch menu, or €6). a pet’ nat’ rosé from La Cantina Furlani (€18 a bottle)…

PRICE: Menu €16 (weekday lunch), small plates €3-16.

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