When you live in the southwest part of Paris, as we do, you feel like you are a bit far from the center of things. At least when it comes to new wine bars and wine restaurants that almost always seem to be located in the northeastern arrondissement: 10th, 11th , 12th, 19th and 20th . But the metro is fast so there is no harm done. A recent “outing” up north took us to the newly opened Albion (same ownership as the popular Fish – La Boissonerie near Odéon in the 6th).
Albion is decorated in a classic, quite elegant French brasserie style. It feels warm and inviting, with hardwood floors and muted colors. The service is attentive and quick. The wine list is excellent and because the restaurant is also a wine shop you can buy bottles to take home if you drink something you like. And chances are that you do. The focus is on producers who work organically and naturally.
We drank the white Terroir Maconnais from the Bret Brothers in Macon, fermented with natural yeasts and with a minimum of sulphur. A very tasty and full bodied wine for 22 euros for a pot (carafe of 47 cl). Another positive thing about the wine list is that almost all the wines are served by the glass (12.5 cl), pot (47 cl) and bottle. Many good wines for around 6 euro a glass and 25-35 euro a bottle.
You eat a la carte for lunch and for dinner. Starters at 8-10 euros, main courses 12-21, cheese and dessert 8-12. We had citrus and ginger-marinated scallops, which were beautiful to look at and delicious to eat, as a starter and we tried two main courses: calf’s liver with mashed potatoes and sea bass fillet served with thin-cut slices of fried sausage. Both courses got high scores.
It was hard to leave without buying anything and I chose a favorite Beaujolais, Morgon Côte de Py from Jean Foillot (19 euros).
Albion, Restaurant – Cave à Vin, 80 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75010 Paris, ph 01 42 46 02 44
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