Located on the Left Bank near le Bon Marché department store, this busy wine bar was first established in the 1950's. The intimate, glass-enclosed space is furnished with an original zinc bar as well as ceramic tiles and vineyard-themed frescoes created by local artists. Seating is also available outside on a covered terrace. Au Sauvignon's wine selections range from an inexpensive Beaujolais to a pricey Puligny-Montrachet and hard-to-find bottles like Domaine Mardon Quincy, a little-known sauvignon blanc from the Loire Valley. In addition to wine, the restaurant is known for its tartines, open-faced sandwiches served on freshly baked Poilâne bread.
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From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
Chef-owner Jeff Van Geest is a British Columbia loyalist: His restaurant hosts wine tastings from the province’s boutique vintners, and most ingredients on his creative-Canadian menu are local. The space is furnished with tables Van Geest made himself.
We loved: Crisp-skinned white spring salmon with cedar jelly.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.