March 22, 2014 by Emma Bentley
UPDATE AUG 2015: Sadly Bones closed its doors last night.
Keep your eyes peeled to find out who takes this space.
Combining minimalist food and décor with great drinks, Bones is on every Paris hipster’s radar. Young and beautiful anglophones flock to this bricks and mortar bar and restaurant in the 11th.
The charming James Henry (formerly of Au Passage) heads up the open kitchen. His philosophy of using every part of the animal, from nose to tail, is highly admirable. Press him further on how he uses other byproducts and you’ll be won over by the virtues of his whey granita. His six course tasting menu (for around the 50 euro price point, before wine) however, gets mixed feedback.
Pierre Derrien is on front of house and does a great job suggesting interesting wines to accompany your meal. The Charles Dufour Extra Brut Champagne that he picked out for our table last night was exceptional. The wine list is extensive – all natural, with non-French wines well-represented – but there seem to be a lot that they don’t have in stock. Beers and cocktail are also de rigueur.
The restaurant seats roughly thirty covers and has two services per evening. The bar – which does not accept reservations – offers a high-quality “small plates” menu.
You come to squat at the bar, sup on some great natural wine or beer and admire the best choice of the highly-sought-after Karuizawa whiskies I’ve ever seen in a restaurant. Its next-door neighbours, Clamato and Septime, attract a similar clientèle.
Essential InformationAddress: 43 rue Godefroy Caviagnac, 75011 Telephone: 09 80 75 32 08 Website: Bones, Facebook Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 7pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. Reservations: definitely recommended – phone between 2-7pm a week ahead. Suggested footwear: cute little ballerina pumps.