Snazzy cocktails and subtle snacks impress at this stylish bar by the Canal Saint-Martin.
Done out in open brick walls and simple lighting for an understated vibe, La Méduse (‘jellyfish’ in French) does well to draw in customers by the Canal Saint-Martin, whose banks are already packed with trendy bars and restaurants. Mixing the drinks here is Hamza Saïdi – formerly of the Mary Céleste oyster bar in the Marais – and he really wows with concoctions like the Soupe Aztèque (mezcal, pineapple juice, lime and agave syrup infused with thyme), which is fresh, heady and smoky in equal measure. From the kitchen, the organic Scottish salmon gravlax and Jerusalem archichokes are wonderfully delicate and slip down well with one of the fine selection of natural wines.
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|Venue name:||La méduse||Contact:|
177 quai de Valmy
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu 10am-4pm, 6pm-1am; Fri-Sat 10am-4pm, 6pm-2am; Sun 10am-4pm, 6pm-1am|
|Transport:||Metro: Colonel Fabien or Louis Blanc|
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This is such a gem of a restaurant / cocktail bar, in an area quite far up the Canal Saint-Martin where it feels like it's all about to really take off. And if there's any establishment that could could kick-start a revolution in new bars and restaurants, then surely it's La Méduse, along with its amazing proprietors. Whilst Hamza (an award winning mixologist, well known throughout the cocktail community of Paris) knocks up a one of his punchy mescal-laced, yet utterly moreish cocktails, Gildas will charm you with his avuncular good looks and hearty laugh, and will talk you through the ever changing and focused menu of medium sized sharing plates (think 3-4 between two people). We ate poussin with boudin noir and crème d'artichaut, and to be honest the cocktails we so scrumptious that I can't remember much else, but for the fact that this is a truely Parisian find, and it would be worth getting down there before the whole world finds out!