A cross between a restaurant and a tavern, Aux Deux Cygnes is a snug little retreat (no more than 15 seats) kitted out with a cute bar, plenty of flowers and a calming colour scheme. But that doesn't make it any less unusual a venue.
Heading the operation is To Xuan Cuny, a Franco-Vietnamese lady whose diminutive stature is of a piece with the petite venue. Having acquired a passion for natural wines at hotel school in Copenhagen, she now specialises in the stuff: every bottle served here is 100% natural, though various legal barriers mean that she can't publicise the fact. But if you strike up conversation – and the size of the place ensures that you will – she will gladly talk you through her 40-strong wine list with all the enthusiasm of a true oenophile.
The next surprise comes with the food menu. Aside from the usual gastro-bar fare – cheeses, chorizo platters – you'll find a range of Vietnamese dishes: banh mi baguettes, prawn crackers, and (most intriguingly) a salad of hake, cucumber and courgette. Prices are generally reasonable, while those looking to splash out have options: count €4-€12 per dish, €4-€6 for a glass and €12-€60 for a bottle. Aux Deux Cygnes has amassed quite a following through word of mouth; pay a visit and you'll see why.
|Venue name:||Aux Deux Cygnes|
36 rue Keller
|Opening hours:||Wed-Sun 6pm-midnight|
|Transport:||Métro : Voltaire ou Bastille|