Chair de Poule

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Chair de Poule
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The only shivers you’ll get at the Chair de Poule [goose bumps] are those of pleasure – both from their electric cocktails and from their menu, which fuses all sorts of exotic ingredients in high-class tapas. Order a whole bunch of things to share and you’ll be able to taste everything from baba ghannouj (puréed aubergine with spices) to oysters, then salmon tartare with mango and sesame, pork with miso, sea bass tartare with pomegranate and pain perdu with figs. As you can imagine, the fork fights for the last scraps can be quite dramatic.

Natural or organic wines are available à la ficelle (you only pay for what you drink), which is a great opportunity to discover some independent vineyards, and locals and Brits (friends of the cheerful proprietor) rub shoulders here. Happy hour is the time to try imported beers or indulge in a Pimms on the terrace. The design inside is fun and retro, with psychedelic curtains from the 70s, an old Piaggio scooter parked in the dining room, and the loos papered with kitsch posters and cute vintage adverts. Some evenings they put on a gig or a DJ to warm up the atmosphere, though it’s always already very jolly. Brunch on Sundays.



Venue name: Chair de Poule
Address: 141 rue Saint-Maur

Opening hours: Du mardi au dimanche de 18h à 2h
Transport: Métro : Parmentier, Goncourt ou Couronnes
Price: Tapas entre 3,50 et 8 euros, cocktails à 5 euros pendant l'happy-hour

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As of early 2014 (and apparently for over a year now) the vibe and charm are still there and music weekends and one weeknight. Comfortable bar, agreable setting, lovely bartender, chouffe beer (not comprised in happy hour). But the great, great tapas that brought the place to everyone's attention and that were a real revelation, they're gone with the chef that left Paris. Paté is what you eat there now. Not the same concept. We didn't try the patés.

Really good. Original. Delicious. Great music. Ambiance. Well worth a visit.... and then another.