Lined with shelves upon shelves of delectable bottles, this bustling wine shop/bistro/gourmet grocery matches simple but excellent fare with terrific samples of the fruit of the vine. At dinnertime, the fixed-price menu offers great value—four courses for 35€—but no choices. If you don’t want the menu, try the marmite du marché, the stew of the day served in a cast-iron pot. At lunch there is lighter fare: a variety of salads, open-faced sandwiches, and charcuterie plates, or a fixed-price menu combining any of those with a dessert. Wine is available by the glass, but patrons are encouraged to choose a bottle from the nearby shelves and pay just a small corkage fee (7€) above retail price—a great way to try a good bottle without the usual restaurant markup on the wine.
- Margie Rynn