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October 8-12
The theme for the 81st annual Fête des Vendanges, the grape harvest festival, is Montmartre Fête les Poètes. Events include a parade, grape stomping, the food & wine tasting village, cooking demos, live music, and tons of other fun stuff. Check out the entire program, the online boutique (get your commemorative bottles of wine!) and other info about the festival here.

October 12 
Stock up on fall reading material for a handful of euros and support the English-language SOS Helpline at their Autumn Book Sale today from noon-4pm at Orrick Law Offices (31 ave Pierre Ière de Serbie, 16th, M° Alma-Marceau). Paperbacks €1, hardcovers €2, all categories for adults and kids, as well as bake sale items. Those who want to donate books can drop them off during the sale.

October 16-17
Blending culture with social, Sinfonietta Paris brings you an evening of Mendelssohn and Brahms exquisitely performed by a brilliant ensemble of young professional musicians. At the Institut FInlandais (Latin Quarter, 60 rue des Ecoles, 5th) from 8-11pm. Tickets €25 (wine and hors d'oeuvres included). The address will be mailed once confirmed; the performance on the 4th December is in the 17th; on the 5th December it's in the 1st. Register on the website; places limited. 

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BC (Black Calavados)

40, avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 8th
M° Alma-Marceau or George V
Tel 01 47 20 77 77

www.blackcalavados.com

 

I've been to the bar many times, but in May I finally got to test out the restaurant after the Chris Cornell concert at Le Showcase. Here's the official description: 

"Jerome Lorvellec, previously sous chef at Nobu and head chef at Pershing Hall, brings to BC a nouvelle cuisine attitude from the West coast of America, with savory creations that are simple yet playful. Mixed greens, foie gras with popcorn and vodka jelly, Mac and cheese with truffles, Surf and turf beef filet on roasted lobster and the BC wagyu burger top."

The decor is like the bar, all black laquered walls with silver/grey booths that make it intimate without being claustrophobic. The style is contemporary but formal, with white tablecloths and upscale china. The low-lit ambience makes it popular with couples (press photo shows the bar on top, the restaurant below).

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It was hard to choose from the menu. My friends tried the huge Argentinean T-bone steaks and fries (there was nothing left, so they must have been good), and I had the Caramel Quail, which, aside from the little drumsticks, had all of the bones surgically removed without ripping it apart (see my photo). It is covered in a caramelised sauce with little puffs of mashed potatoes on the side. It was absolutely perfect, I thought I was going to die. I had waited so long because of some critical reviews and didn't want to be disappointed. Maybe the French critics just don't want to admit that (well-done) American cuisine is superb.

 

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For dessert I had something that's not listed on the website, a dish with fried Nutella balls and banana sorbet (a chic alternative to my fave dessert of all time, a banana/Nutelle crêpe). I was nice and shared my balls. The only complaint? There should be more! A whole bucket of fried Nutella balls, please! ;)

They have a fine selection of wines and Champagne cocktails, but we ended up going down to the bar for drinks afterwards. The restaurant has cigars, although I don't know how they will be able to serve those once the smoking ban takes effect in January 2008. Maybe they'll build the required "smoking section", buy considering the small size, I doubt it. Who would want to ruin the fine food with the smell of smoke anyway? ;)

Open 7:30pm-3am (last orders at 2am), count on about €50-75 for a meal, depending on what you drink.

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Reader Comments (4)

Hello,,,, I just wanted to ask if you have the URL from the lounge because I've tryed the one you have and I can't find the page... Thanks for the help! mauricio_berber@hotmail.com
February 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMau
Hi Mau,
Their site is down while they redo it to reflect the changes in the restaurant. Am hoping it will be back up soon myself!
February 15, 2009 | Registered CommenterHeather Stimmler-Hall
What's happened to BC? Is it still there? Their website is always down. I was planning to go there after the Soundgarden gig in May...
January 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTim
It's still there. They're not the most technically-inclined. ;-)
The upstairs is just a bar now, if you can't get into the club downstairs.
January 11, 2012 | Registered CommenterHeather Stimmler-Hall

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