Paris-Bastille and the Marais

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May 11, 2018

Clamato is an upscale oyster bar in Paris which serves natural wines, beers and ciders. This elegant airy space is a great spot to relax. Find out more.

The latest venture from Bertrand Grébaut and Théo Pourriat, the people behind the acclaimed Septime and its sister wine bar, Septime Cave, is an upscale oyster bar which also serves an impressive selection of natural wines, ciders and beers. Named for the blend of tomato and clam juice much favoured by Canadians and located next door to the now famous restaurant, it’s an elegant, airy space, all blonde wood, pale green walls and sculptural lamps with a long counter at which you can perch. It’s a narrow-ish room with a no reservations policy, so it tends to fill up fast, but the good news is it’s open from noon to late at night, so you can stop by mid-afternoon if you want to dodge the queues and crowds. In addition to the excellent array of natural and biodynamic wines sourced mainly from France but also including a number from Greece and Italy, the drinks list features herbal variations on the G&T. As at their other venues, service is excellent knowledgeable and efficient – and their prices are very reasonable considering the quality of what’s on offer. Order a sextet of oysters on ice or dip into the small plate menu which features an array of tasty dishes like veal tartare and razor clams.

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