Paris-Opera and Les Halles

  • Great food
3 / 5

May 11, 2018

With its light, minimal design and more than competent cocktails this bar is well worth checking out.

With its light, white walls and minimal design, more than competent cocktails, and superb menu of French classics served small plate style, this hip new SoPi spot one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the city currently is well worth checking out. The name may be somewhat generic and the understated design borders on the anonymous, but small, subtle details start to reveal themselves once you’re there. The industrial light fixtures and carefully chosen flea market pieces give it a certain low key chic. This attention to detail continues at the large horseshoe bar, where metal cups of plump olives are offered along with the menu. The cocktail features an array of seemingly simple, though many have been given a contemporary twist. The drinks list regularly rotates and has in the past included a bottled ‘Improved Negroni’ and a ‘Sherry Cheri’. There’s an above average beer list too, though the wine list isn’t quite as exciting as it might be. Prices are just a shade higher than some of the other bars in the area, but not jarringly so. The food is particularly good for a bar of this kind with chef Vanessa Kryceve turning out some excellent dishes, including a truly stonking steak tartare, mussels with chorizo broth and some truly excellent pastries and cakes Kryceve has worked at Laduree and Guy Savoy and her experience really shines through.

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