Here's a small, old, intimate Paris wine bar that specializes in natural wine. It oozes charm with cool music thrown in. The wine selection is impeccable and the service straightforward.
There's a limited cold menu of cheeses, oysters, sliced meats and the like. The focus is the wine and a place in the most frantic area of Paris that is calm and quiet.
If you're a burrata lover like I am, you have to make a stop at La Cremerie. I ordered a huge plate of creamy, gooey, delicious burrata with a delicious heirloom tomato salad as a main course. It's hands down the best burrata that I've ever had but it's also a little too much cheese for one person at one time. Next time, I would probably share it with a group as an appetizer and get another dish a main course. The restaurant is very small, with only a few tables and only starts getting busy around 9pm.
Unbelievable dinning experience. Was in Paris on our honeymoon and found this online somewhere. Showed up early and was able to get a reservation for that night. Make sure you make reservation, we were just lucky. It's small and they don't turn around tables like they do here in US to get more business. The owner talked to us for some time and was really helpful with the wine selection. The food was amazing.
Great wine, great food, great hospitality, great ambiance and great memories.
It wasn't cheap though.
A part of me almost wants to keep this one to myself, as this is a hidden gem within Paris.
The place is essentially a wine shop, the walls bulging with a very fine selection of wines, from the modestly priced to the wallet sapping.
But what really brings it alive is the fact that inside are four tables where you can sample the wines along with a modest but superb selection of accompaniments. Duck rilletes are rich and savoury, the charcuterie is sliced to order by the owner with a hand-cranked contraption mere feet from the table. A selection of cheese and a vibrant, saffron-infused houmous were similarly excellent.
The service is provided by the owner, himself the character in the sort of heart-warming story that reinforces the joys of good food - as he left his architects trade after visiting, then deciding he must buy the place to run as his own.
The selection of wine was great, plus we got advice and a selection chosen to reflect our tastes.
The whole place represents the quintessential joy of eating in France. If you want a truly memorable meal, I can think of nowhere in Paris to recommend more highly.
My husband really wanted to go to a wine bar while in Paris so we ended up here, per the guidebook recommendation. La Cremerie specializes in natural and organic wines. They have 2-4 bottles open by glass but you can always buy anything you want in the store and enjoy it right there, if you please (I believe there is a corkage fee). The menu is limited but serves as a nice complement to a glass of vin (we had duck rillette and sardines with French bread).
Erick, the bartender/server was pleasant and discussed the qualities of different wines with us and recommended reds based on our specifications. All in all, it turned out to be an interesting detour into the mind of a French oenophile. We did not have a reservation and were seated without issues - but the place is small, so I would get there early. Recommended!
Service was unfriendly and making a reservation was nearly impossible. Aside from that, the food was very impressive.
Bouffe: 8/10 Boisson: 8/10 Ambiance: 4/10 (à cause du service)
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