La Pointe du Groin

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Gare du Nord/Gare de l'Est

Named for a wild and rocky northern coast in Brittany, the new wine bar and restaurant from Thierry Breton is squeezed in between his two other hideaways on the Rue Belzunce, Chez Michel and Chez Casimir.

The pretty, lively bar welcomes bohemian high jinks (there’s a grand piano ready and waiting under the glass roof) as well as more classy meals (on the big communal tables covered in red and white tablecloths). The result: the perfect place for a pint and an excellent galette saucisse, with classic mustard and salted butter, which only serves to whet the appetite for the daily hors d'oeuvres (around €6 each, ordered at the bar): pressed duck, goose barnacles, plates of charcuterie with terrine, black pudding and Andouille de Guémené smoked sausage, flanked by still-warm home-baked bread. The staff are cheerful and welcoming despite the crowds – we’ll be back for drinks from the superb wine list, or at lunch to try out the €4 sandwiches, superb value for cooking of this quality.

Venue name: La Pointe du Groin
Address: 8 rue de Belzunce
10e
Paris

Opening hours: Daily 8am-2am
Transport: Métro : Gare du Nord
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