A neighbourhood bistro + house frites + good wine + Rufus Wainwright = bliss.
A sunny terrace, a chalked-up blackboard menu, the owner chatting on the porch. Les Initiés has only just arrived and already it seems part of the landscape. No concept or haughtiness here, it’s just being itself - a place to sit for as long as you like. No sign of snobbery in the short bistrot menu; a well-seasoned steak tartare with frites or freshly made pear and chocolate crumble. Wash that down with something from the beautiful, natural wine list. They know a thing or two about wine and are soon to open a wine bar in the space next door.
At the end of the meal, the bleach blonde waiter offered us a pear brandy and switched on the television. It was the end of the match and the regulars watch with their backs resting on the counter...although the waiter promised to put Rufus Wainwright back on as soon as the footie was over. Reasonable prices, an open, friendly bar and a diverse bunch of diners: designing a restaurant in 2016 is definitely a political act.
TRANSLATION: MEGAN CARNEGIE
|Venue name:||Les Initiés||Contact:|
84 rue Championnet
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 7.30-2am|
|Transport:||Metro : Simplon ou Porte de Clignancourt|
|Price:||Lunch menu: €14.50-18. Evenings: starters €5.50, mains €14.50, desserts €5.50. Wine: €3.50 a glass, €19 a bottle.|