Paris Preview: The Scene

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Inside Tuck Shop.

Photo By François Goizé

AUSTRALIAN CONNECTION: There’s a distinct Down Under trend among fashionable Paris eateries right now.


Among recent arrivals is Tuck Shop, a canteen with a retro-cool vibe run by sisters Anna and Stella Rice and Purple assistant Rain Laurent. The trio has also handled catering for Damir Doma for the past several seasons. In this pocket-size coffee shop, they serve generous vegetarian and vegan fare, such as homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and cakes.

In just over two years in Paris, self-taught Australian chef James Henry made a name for himself with his trendy tapas-style dishes at the Fifties-era zinc bar Au Passage in the 11th arrondissement. (His disheveled good looks didn’t hurt, either.) Last month, Henry struck out on his own with Bones, a distinctly downtown-style bar and restaurant with a stripped-down aesthetic (hence its name).


His 40-euro ($53) dinner menu has already made this one of the buzziest tables of the new year. Recent dishes include fennel with horseradish and homemade yogurt, scallops with endives and pears, and Kintoa pork with salsify. The bread, like the yogurt, is homemade, and the wine list favors natural vintages. Reservations are hard to come by, but the bar serves tapas-style dishes on a first-come, first-serve basis until midnight — unusual for Paris.

Tuck Shop
13 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010
Tel.: +33-9-80-72-95-40
Open Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Lunch menu and brunch, 10 euros, or $13.30, per person.

43 Rue Godefroy Cavaignac, 75011
Tel.: +33-9-80-75-32-08
Open Monday-Saturday, dinner only, 7:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

— Tina Isaac

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