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249 Diputació
Barcelona , Spain http://www.monvinic.com/
34-93-272-6187

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.

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.

Last updated 2012-02-22 01:03:14 UTC
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