Verjus Bar à Vin
Add: 47 rue Montpensier, Paris 75001
Tel: 01 42 97 54 40
Hours: 6~11pm (closed on Sat & Sun)
Price: [small plates] €4~14 [wine] €6~13/glass
Visited on: 2012-09
Verjus Bar à Vin is a teeny tiny wine bar next to Verjus Restaurant, tugged away on a discreet lane near Le Louvre. Cozy ambience, cute napkins, friendly English-speaking staff. The bar snacks here are inventive and beautifully presented, but flavor-wise not so mind blowing.
A short menu, available in French and English.
Wine by the glass, scribbled on the back wall.
Buttermilk fried chicken with napa cabbage slaw & micro greens (€8). Lightly battered, tender, juicy, one of the best dishes of the evening.
Crispy Basque pork belly, grilled and pickled chilies, spicy mayo (€8). Great flavor, but a little too dry.
Grilled octopus, sweet corn and cherry tomatoes, watermelon radish (€8). Too burnt and bitter for my liking.
Skillet broccoli with korean rice cake, anchovy & parmesan (€7). Slightly too burnt as well but the anchovy sauce was delicious.
Celery root dumplings with dan-dan sauce, chives & toasted peanuts (€7). Quite lovely, with an intriguing hint of tahini.
Guanaja chocolate ganache, salted peanut butter mousse, baked grapes, whipped cream (€6). Grapes did not look baked and I wish they used seedless grapes, but otherwise a fine complement to the chocolate ganache and salted peanut butter mousse.
Verjus Bar à Vin is a very cute place, but I’m not sure if I will be back again considering the plethora of wine bars in Paris, many of which perhaps serve better food.