5.0-2.0 Cavesteve, 15, rue de Longchamp in the 16th, 01 47 04 01 45, closed Sundays, running one 30-50 € a la carte, with wines from the racks at price, plus 10 € corkage. I’d heard about this place from an inveterate wine maven and he, I and a chef about town had lunch (on a Monday mind you) at two adjacent tables.
The place (and its Bastille twin) are really sleek and trim and not named after an American named Steve but a French guy yclept Jean Christophe Esteve.
They only have about 10 covers upstairs, 8 downstairs at a common table and 4 outside, so go early (they open at 11). The firsts are wine bar usuals: Spanish ham and terrines but they had about five hot daily special mains.
We started with terrines of foie gras and lapereau that, with a tart salad, were really great. But I thought the mains of lievre a la royale and beef cheeks were made off the premises and underheated before serving. The bread was blah but the coffee superb.
Our first wine, the server-guy’s rec, was an OK Rully but when the wine guy arrived, he ordered a Pernand-Vergelesses that was supreme.
Our bill for two was 116 € but the wine poobah’s musta been much more.
Go? Sure. Why Not? At least to their dazzling website http://www.cavesteve.com/