May 11, 2018
The French are coming! Or rather, a sizeable number are already here. As Europe’s economies stagger like the last drunk leaving a dive bar, Asia has become the première destination for young European expats. And alongside these adventurers from Spain, Italy and France come their drinking culture. In recent years the number of French restaurants, bars and even rotisserie have rising markedly, and Pastis is one of the originals and perennial favourite with the French expat crowd, who value its authenticity. As the name suggests, it is a deeply Francophile destination with lots of old-world charm and décor. Indeed, the only thing it is really missing is a zinc-topped bar. Tables spill out (discreetly – there isn’t a great deal of room) onto the pavement but due to its chic nature and relaxed, usually effortlessly elegant clientele, it rarely gets as manic as some of its Wyndham Street neighbours. Favourites include the titular Pastis (it is a Ricard-faithful establishment), served the traditional way, and as the summer begins in earnest, a refreshingly crisp list of rosés. The food here is also avowedly authentic, with a small but well-chosen menu designed to transport you to the streets of Paris.It is rarely a destination in itself but rather a pit stop on the way to bigger, brasher things, but it does cater to both the after-work crowd and a more late-starting, European sensibility, meaning that it is usually buzzing late into the night.
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