In Paris, a restaurant where the choice of wine determines the dish
Wine bars are a concept that have spread and become popular with many people. A Parisian restaurant has gone further by creating a ‘wine restaurant’, where wine is king.
The menu at the restaurant Il Vino has no dishes on it, but a choice of more than 1500 bottles of wine from the world over, chosen by Enrico Bernado, the owner of the restaurant and voted world’s best sommelier in 2007. After advice from a sommelier, the customer chooses their wine, and then discovers the menu that has been created to go with it.
In order to perfect the concept, the chef and the sommelier get together once a week to try a new vintage and come up with the dishes that work best with it.
The restaurant aims to remove the complexes of young wine lovers and novices in the area, but also hopes to inform even those who know wine well. It also offers a completely different taste experience on each visit: the customer discovers new things by inversing the principle of ‘dish-wine pairing’.
The interior decoration is sleek and chic, and gets customers to focus all their attention on the impressive wine collection, which is visible from the tables through a large bay window.
Recognition of the quality of the restaurant came in 2008 when it was awarded a Michelin star, just a year after opening.
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