Restaurant Tomette in ParisTomette (Paris) - © Tomette

This pretty snack and wine bar doubles as a spiffy épicerie with hexagonal terra cotta tomette tiles, details fashioned out of cork, low lighting and dark tables where you can nibble on something more substantial than your typical cheese platter. At Tomette, you’ll be itching to try a little of everything: magnificent spicy pastirma from Chavassieux; flavorful fennel saucisson from the same producer: well-made hors-d’oeuvres (like the soft-boiled egg with piment d’Espelette and chive mayonnaise); heady tête de veau in sauce gribiche with roughly chopped cornichons, served with smashed potatoes on the side; beautiful Morteau sausage with coco beans; creamy cheeses; and, for dessert, a surprising carrot, almond and raisin halwa or a comforting rice pudding (€6). As for the wines, head to the narrow backroom and take a look through the impressive wine collection: Cheverny from Villemade (€5 a glass), Chinon Les Picasses from Gendrot (€28 a bottle), a Catalan Grenache Amistat from Cazenave et Ditté (€33), all selected by Charly (ex-Andy Wahloo), a man with a keen eye for good products. Lunchtime set menu option (sandwich or soup + side + glass of wine or green tea), €10. Corkage fee €8. Plates €6-12. // Aïtor Alfonso

Getting there

Restaurant Tomette
23, rue de Cotte
TEL: + 33 1 53 17 09 91
Subway: Ledru Rollin, Bastille