Paris, France

Don’t expect a table at the weekend at Vantre; in true Parisian style, this bottle-focused bolthole between République and the Gare de Lyon is only open Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner. In the Middle Ages, Vantre meant “a place of enjoyment” and such is the ambition behind this 11th arrondissement, back-to-basics bistro. Diminutive in size and uncomplicated in style (with Sinatra on the speakers), Vantre is the joint effort of chef Lacopo Chomel and Marco Pelletier. The duo met while working at Paris’ Le Bristol and, in 2016, they opened this city bistro, offering a set lunch menu (starting from €17 for two courses) and a limited à la carte offering. Dishes are simple, seasonal and not always Gallic in tone. Previous plates include saddle of lamb stuffed with spinach, grilled pig’s head with seaweed and tomato tartare and oysters topped with pork jelly and sour cream. The wine list is similarly global, with bottles from climes including Italy, California and Australia.

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19 Rue de la Fontaine au Roi, Folie-Méricourt, Paris, 75011