Match potent marine flavours with palatable French wines at this classy wine bar/restaurant, aka ‘the ship’.
Affectionately nicknamed ‘the ship’ by its owners, Fichon moored in Paris in April 2016 on the intersection between the Rue Marcadet and the Rue Ramey in the 18th arrondissement. Essentially a plush wine cellar that also serves up exquisite seafood dishes, the bar/restaurant is immediately quite striking, with its ocean blue façade, chic dining room, and large windows that look out onto the street.
The fillet of monkfish, served with capers, roasted hazelnuts, saffron bouillon, a lemony sauce, and dotted with nasturtium petals, is an explosion of intense yet well-matched flavours, while the pollack ceviche and smoked salmon dishes also stand out. The wine menu, meanwhile, is extensive and expertly curated (there are over 50 bottles to choose from), the refreshingly fruity Côtes Catalanes (Esprit de l’Horizon) proving particularly excellent with its almost Champagne-like fizz. Beer wise, the Outland brewery’s Merica is a pale ale that manages to hit just the right balance of fresh and bitter. Come back on Sundays to try out their brunch.
TRANSLATION: FLORA HUDSON
98 rue Marcadet
|Opening hours:||Tue-Sat 12.30pm-2.30pm, 7.30pm-10.30pm; Sun 12noon-3pm|
|Transport:||Metro: Jules Joffrin or Marcadet Poissonnier|
|Price:||Main courses €12-18; glass of wine €3.50-€10|