The evening began with an apology over the phone: “the owner is gone this week, so we’re only doing tapas.” It finished with some nail-in-the-coffin Crozes-Hermitage, taken while standing at the bar and listening to this song:

I think I may have found my happy place. In this place, men who are handsome enough to have worked at le Chateaubriand bring me glass after glass of natural wine. I soak these up with small plates of food that look simple, are made with foodie approved ingredients (Thibault veggies), and taste a little like love.

Burrata with green asparagus

The most delicious (oily, oniony) Tortilla outside of Madrid. Made by mom.

My happy place isn’t decorated like a 1970s dive bar. It just is a 1970s dive bar. I am surrounded by carefully scruffed kids in Converse, and the stereo is playing songs we haven’t heard since high school. The final bill includes small prices for food that’s noted as “solides divers”.

It won’t always be this good. The owner will come back, proper meals will return, and the stereo will be turned down. But at least for one night, in the company of an old friend, I felt (to quote L.L.) a little knocked out.

Aux Deux Amis
45, r. Oberkampf, 75011
Tel: 01 58 30 38 13

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5 Responses to Review: Aux Deux Amis

  1. Adam says:

    I was wondering about this place because it’s quite close to home. At a push I’d say it looks more 50s than 70s, but also as timeless as hundreds of other little tiny bars around Paris, the survival of which always amazes me. This one looks worth investigating, but I guess it also continues the scruffy gentrification of a previously working class Paris.

  2. Meg says:

    John Talbott agrees with you about the decor, so I guess I’ll have to concede and admit that I (wrongly) interpret everything bright orange as being from the 1970s :)

    I stopped in again last Friday night for a glass after dinner elsewhere and Sébastien – the man behind the bar who in his other life works as an acrobat for Cirque du Soleil – told me that the tapas will continue even after regular dinner service returns. Hip hop hooray!

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  5. Paris Bobo says:

    Aux Deux Amis is quite simply, the local we wish we had. Great photos Meg.

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