Before the MBA got started officially, I had about 2 weeks to do restaurant reviews. I really thought that I’d continue reviewing restaurants at the same pace as I did back in SA, and was super excited about discovering a new country’s food. Now that I’ve settled into a routine, it isn’t quite working out that way.
Firstly, I have close to zero free time during the week. My days are taken up with lectures and group work, while most of my evenings are occupied with activities/ parties happening off campus. I also have writing deadlines to contend with. The second issue is money- I simply can’t afford to have a lavish 3 course meal whenever I feel like it and I have to find ways to make money without the comfort of my regular salary. Alcohol is really expensive here.
Which brings me onto today’s blog post. I discovered a really cute bar with great snacks and affordable wine. This is perfect when you don’t want to commit to a heavy meal, but just feel like a glass of wine or two with friends along with some snacks. Make no mistake, this is not your average bar fare. The restaurant specializes in cheese, and has sourced the best cheeses around. I ordered a bread basket (which was continually replaced throughout the night) which came with a delicious assortment of cheeses, like goat’s cheese with a coating of ash on the outside, comte, a hard cheese, tete de moine, a shaved cheese, camembert and tome.
Rishav ordered a Croque Monseur which he liked less. The wine selection was excellent, with wines from all over the world represented.
I love O’Batignolles location- in the heart of Club Street, so close to bars, restaurants and streets with character. It’s nice to take a walk around the area to soak up the vibe.
The restaurant has that traditional French feel- an intimate interior with small tables and sidewalk seating, spilling out into the street. We enjoyed having a glass or two of wine alongside what appeared to be mostly business clientele.
If you’re in the mood for a chilled catch up with a friend over a glass of red, then this spot gets the thumbs up from me.