Le Blah Blah is a quietly classy tapas bar and restaurant, located in the hip Strasbourg Saint-Denis area but hidden away from the crowds on a little side street. There’s no greasy chorizo or patatas bravas here, but top quality ingredients cooked in small, perfectly formed dishes. The atmosphere is buzzy, boozy and friendly, with patrons seated around big communal tables on jolly orange banquettes, and there’s also a pretty, quiet terrace outside.
The tapas menu changes with the seasons – it’s not cheap, but it is inventive, generous and well judged. We tried a perfectly seasoned cod ceviche and a gravlax of Wagyu beef, smoked mozzarella with mushrooms and lemon and a plate of Pluma de Bellota, superb Spanish ham. With each tapas priced between €9 and €15, the bill can escalate alarmingly, and the wine list keeps pace. But if you feel like splashing out, Le Blah Blah is a wonderful place for a long evening with friends (it’s not really a casual after-work drink place) – just reserve ahead on weekends, as the secret has been out for some time.