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Café de la Nouvelle Mairie
Restaurants and bars
Open: Lunch and dinner Mon - Fri
Price: Moderate

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Phone Number: +33 1 44 07 04 41
Address: 19-21, rue des Foss?Saint-Jacques
Paris, 75005
Country: France

Café de la Nouvelle Mairie is an authentic Paris bistro with a very natural wine list. A very good selection of wines by the glass is chalked on a blackboard. Expect to find wines such as Gramenon from the Rhone, Mosse, Breton, Reau and Robinot from the Loire, Chateau St Anne from Bandol, Binner from Alsace, Herve Souhart from the Ardeche, Metras from Beaujolais, Domaine Causse Marines from Gailllac and Marcillac and many more of the leaders of the natural wine movement as well as wines made by former owner Nicolas Carmarans on his vineyard in Aveyron in central France. And these were just the wines by the glass!
Our recent meal started simply with the 'Terrine du moment' and a salad of organic tomatoes. The hazelnut-studded terrine was a generous slab served on a white plate with gherkins and pickled onions. A good, strong baguette was served to accompany the terrine. The tomatoes were simplicity itself, five different types of perfectly ripe tomatoes cut in wedges and presented in a white bowl sprinkled with cut chives and olive oil.
With our main courses we decided to try the Nicolas Carmarans Mauvais Temps. This wine is an interesting blend of Negret de Banhars, Fer Servadou (known locallly as Mansois), Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon making it perfect for matching with food. We chose two red meat dishes. One was a salad of beef which saw two perfectly cooked slices of very red beef served with a salad of green beans and a good mayonnaise. The only discordant note was a sun-dried tomato sitting atop the dish. The other was a Entrecote de Baviere served with a delicious dob of aligot. This cheesy potato dish is a favourite of ours and we order it wherever we think it will be cooked well. Here is was!
Dessert was a wedge of apricot clafoutis and a 'coupe de fraises' which were both fine.
The service here is efficient if somewhat diffident, but the atmosphere is relaxing and enjoyable. We loved our meal here, we loved the selection of natural wines and we will return often.
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