The restaurant l’Ebauchoir opened a new space, a wine bar, across the street: Le siffleur de ballons. It is a place to eat, drink and buy wine (and other goodies such as terrines, vinegars, honey…) The dishes are simple but good (plate of charcuterie, sandwiches, soupes, salades…) and the prices range from as low as 5€ (the croque siffleur: ham, goat cheese, tomato and roquette) to 12€ (a plate of pata negra bellota ham); wines by the glass range from 3,50€ to 6€. Le siffleur de ballons is a great stop for a quick and simple lunch, for an apéro, to buy a sandwich to go or to buy a bottle or two.
Check out the saturday lunch “Apéromatch”: a wine tasting session consisting in comparing wines from either two different regions, countries, grape variety, vinification… For 18€ you try four different wines while eating cheese and charcuterie.
Le siffleur de ballons
34 rue de Citeaux
Metro: Faidherbe-Chaligny, Reuilly-Diderot
Tu-Sat: 10.30am-3pm / 5.30pm-10pm
Closed on Sunday and Monday
*UPDATE: AFTER BEING CLOSED FOR THE SUMMER, LES CRUS DU SOLEIL, IN THE 12TH ARRONDISSEMENT, IS NOW OPEN AGAIN. THE OWNER HAS CHANGED BUT THE WINES ARE THE SAME.
Les Crus du Soleil, in Paris’ 12th arrondissement, is a little wine shop located on the busy rue d’Aligre. The owner, Benoît, will warmly greet you and help you choose a very nice wine for an unbeatable price (for the same bottle of wine you’ll pay twice its price at Lavinia.) The wines for sale are all from the Languedoc-Roussillon, a region stretching from Nîmes to Colliour, in the south of France. They are produced by a new wave of wine makers who are interested in natural methods such as biodynamics, organic farming and hand-picking grapes. Along with the wines there are a few treats such as the charcuterie from the montagne noire (Cathar region) that will make a person who’s been a vegetarian for over a decade revert to being a meat eater! (I know so, I’ve seen it.) There is also a small selection of great Champagne (Billecart-Salmon, Raoul Collet, Larmandier-Bernier…) as well as some very unusual and high end single malts from France (Michel Couvreur), Japan and Scotland (Auchentoshan).
Les Crus du Soleil is a great place to stop at for a glass and a plate of southern goodies that you may only find here, except for David Pelegris’ foie gras and smoked duck breasts that are also served in some of Paris’ Michelin-star restaurants.
For excellent chocolates a few doors down the street, check out Goût, Thé et Chocolat.
Les Crus du Soleil
21 Rue d’Aligre
Tu-Sat: 10.30am-1pm / 4pm-8pm
Closed on Monday