Computer screens light up with the 3,500-label wine list at Monvínic, a wine bar and restaurant featuring communcal tables and an unfinished oak–and–stainless steel interior. The brainchild of rising star chef Sergi Ferra-Salat, Monvínic's cellar (which represents 23 countries) is constantly being updated by its team of sommeliers. Every day, more than 30 different selections of wine are opened and available for purchase by the half or whole glass. A menu of seasonally inspired Catalan tapas complements the wine, and may include baby squid fried with onions and tripe with chick peas. Hundreds of publications are available in the wine bar’s reference library.
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From Food & Wine , MAY 2009
In the dining room lined with communal tables, computer screens display the eclectic 3,500-label wine list, with bottles from Burgundy, Priorato and...MORE
From Food & Wine , APR 2010
Around 30 bottles from Monvínic's list of nearly 4,000 are available by the glass; chef Sergi de Meià provides...MORE
From Food & Wine , AUG 2011
Sommelier César Cánovas, creator of the huge wine list at Barcelona's Monvínic, is minimizing: He selected...MORE
From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
In this small, stone-walled dining room on the Ile St-Louis, just a short walk from Notre Dame, acclaimed chef Antoine Westermann showcases the top-notch produce of market-garden expert Joël Thiebault. The menu also has satisfying meat dishes, like meltingly tender pig's foot with oven-roasted cod, salsify and parsnips.
We loved: Warm vegetable salad with artichokes, potatoes and turnips.
Insider tip: Mon Vieil Ami is open on Sundays, when many Paris restaurants are closed.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.