Le Pre Verre is one of my all time favorite restaurants in Paris. I recommend it to anyone who will listen, and even those who won't. Unassumingly self-characterized as a "bar au vin" or wine bar, it is much more than that. The man behind the stove is Chef Philippe Delacourcelle who spent many years cooking throughout Asia. He incorporates all their deep spices - I refuse to call it "fusion" because, like the bar au vin, it is so much more - into his traditional French cuisine with spectacular results. Cinnamon and star anise tend to play, appropriately enough, starring roles.
This bar au vin, in true French fashion, has a stellar wine list ranging from a cheap and cheerful Languedoc village wine to a bank-breaking Hermitage, star of the Rhone Valley, and everything in between. My friend Katie from St. Helena, who is a veritable encyclopedia of wine, was in town so off to Le Pre Verre we went. I let her chose the wine 🙂
Soupe d'oignons doux et chorizo emulsionne - Sweet onion soup with chorizo emulsion