Bones Bar & Restaurant
Bones is one of the most talked about openings of 2013 based on Chef James Henry’s Scandi-style plates and rock and roll biker den vibe.
After gathering a cult-like following since his departure from Au Passage, James is clearly at home in his new Bones Bar & Restaurant- a former Irish pub renovated down to its bare “bones”; rough-hewn stone walls, brick, metal beams and concrete floors.
Since opening night, the place has been packed with stylish hipster friends (including staff from Copenhagen restos) relishing James’ casual Scandi-style plates in near darkness against a loud backdrop of Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’s and Celtic punk band the Pogues.
James and the kitchen team are part of a new trend, by baking bread daily from their own starter and churning butter and curing charcuterie in house. The multi-course set menus are minimalism cool: raw trout wrapped in celery root shavings & grated horseradish powder, finger bowls of cru oyster mushrooms & rich fish bouillon, seared baby squid in its ink & sweet onion jam, flaky pavé of lieu fish accented with tri color carrot discs, and leafy kale takes the edge off gamey rare pigeon breast served with its leg and foot over intense blood and heart sauce. We passed on the aged cheese from his Auvergne producer, raving over the olive & fennel granite and almond milk sorbet topped by coffee and Meyer lemon.
Although James hasn’t really promoted it as such, the small bar has become a hotspot in its own right, with a proper food menu with items such as oysters, whole roasted pig on the bar to share & roasted quail w/Greek yogurt & herb dipping sauce etc. which makes Bones a big draw for hipsters & Paris food industry folks to hang out during dinner & late night.
On tap and in bottles, you’ll find Sommelier Pierre Derrien’s selection of Bourges & Chzech beers – as well as low sulfite wines made by standout small producers such as Fanny Sabre, Vodopivek, Lamoresca and Antoine Arena by the glass or bottle.
Bar Menu (4 -30€), Dinner Menu 40€ (47€ w/cheese), Beers (4-11€), Wines by the glass (4-10€) or bottle (20-45€).