Monday, 24 September 2012

The Bottle Shop

Sometimes I miss Britain. Or, to be more precise, I miss British food. When it comes to eating out for the homesick, one of the best spots is The Bottle Shop.

This bar-cum-food-place is part of a small chain of venues with an Anglophone feel. The Bottle Shop does a great brunch on Sundays, the star of which for me is definitely beans on toast (ask for the toast not to be buttered). The roast potatoes aren't too shabby, and there's a great collection of sauces including good old HP and plenty of different hot sauces. Oh, and brunch features a cheap and delicious bloody Mary (ask for it without Worcestershire sauce).

The Bottle Shop vegan tartine

The lunch menu is more limited for vegans, but the staff are friendly and the kitchen is usually happy to make alterations, as in the modified tartine above.

The clientèle is a mix of UK and US expats, along with a fair few locals, each more hipster than the next. Great for a game of ironic moustache bingo. Oh, and if you like star spotting, look out for Lou Doillon.

The Bottle Shop
5 Rue Trousseau, 75011 (map)
Métro: Ledru-Rollin (line 8)