Paris-Bastille and the Marais
May 11, 2018
Bones is one of Paris’ most talked about venues right now. That’s mainly down to James Henry’s cooking and the New York-style vibe the place generates, but good as the food is and much as we recommend you try and snag a table, the adjoining bar is also worth a visit in its own right. Tucked down a little side street near Voltaire metro station, this former Irish pub has been stripped back, pared down to its bare Jones as it were: all naked brick and rough-hewn stone, with exposed metal beams and concrete floors. Charcuterie is cured in-house, their bread is all freshly baked even the butter is churned in-house. The bar menu, chalked on a board near the door, is exciting and includes fresh oysters and roasted quail. There are a few standard aperitifs to choose from and a small selection of beers but the main focus here is on low sulphite wines sourced from small producers, of which there is an interesting and varied list, with many available by the glass. The food in the main dining room, separated from the bar area by more concrete, is excellent, the attention to detail on every dish incredibly high. The place has a real buzz about, a cool cultish atmosphere, but this is one place where it’s well deserved.