I’d read a lot about Verjus, both the bar and the restaurant and was looking forward to visiting during our brief Parisian sojourn. On the night we stumbled upon it the restaurant was closed for a private function. Luckily the wee bar under the restaurant was open for us to grab a drink and a bite.
The space is small and cosy with low lighting and bar seating. The menu contains influences from all corners of the world including the US of A, Italy and Japan. We ordered a few share plates including fried chicken, gyozas, pork belly and a broccoli salad. Whilst the food was nice it didn’t blow us away and we found that the sharing nature of the meal could have been improved with individual plates to avoid having to eat straight from the dish.
I’d have no hesitation in visiting Verjus Bar à vins for an aperitif or a nightcap as the atmosphere is intimate and welcoming but I think there are better places to eat, although I am intrigued by Verjus upstairs, the tasting menu which at last glance appeared more focused in the direction of modern French.
Good to know:
Verjus Bar à vins
47, rue Montpensier
Monday to Friday 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Images: Thomas Southam