Paris-Bastille and the Marais
May 11, 2018
Ave Maria, how much do we love thee? Let me count the ways. We love your quirky cocktails (like the yummy Agua Borabora, a mix of mango, kiwi, vodka and champagne). We love your equally quirky decor: a brightly coloured collage of parasols, kitsch artwork, Latina Virgin Marys and, for reasons we can’t quite fathom given the name of the place, Hindu gods.
We love the friendly, laid back atmosphere that sees people reclining on low wooden benches to a background soundtrack of reggae, funk, soul and dub. We love that food is not an afterthought and that your kitchen serves an extensive array of decent dishes with an eclectic, international flavour (the menu takes a gentle stroll across continents, taking in stops at South America, the Caribbean, France, India and, well, pretty much anywhere you can think of there’s no regional snobbery here).
The drinks menu also has an international flavour as well as those yummy cocktails, there’s a nice selection of foreign beers available. We could go on but space is short, so to sum up: we love Ave Maria. (OK, in the spirit of fairness, we should also point out that the place gets very busy and, as it doesn’t take reservations, there can be a long wait at peak times, and make sure you are carrying cash to pay for all these tasty treats at the time of writing, it doesn’t take credit cards. But we’re willing to overlook these faults for a venue that’s this much fun we still love you, Ave Maria).
Main photo credit: Ave Maria official Facebook page