Opened in June of 2012, Inaro, a cosy restaurant specializing in apéro dinatoire style dining, has recently made itself more available to neighbors and lovers of all things local. Starting this month, the space is open in the afternoon, providing French-origin lunch options with a menu that is entirely locally sourced. Organic bread and artisanal ingredients are available for take away or to enjoy sur place in the comfortable dining space, which is lined with wood brought from Brittany and constructed by owner Johan Bonnet’s carpenter uncle.
At Inaro, the constantly changing seasonal menu is accompanied by a wine list that favors organic and sustainably produced wines. Working with small, independent producers is at the heart of the restaurant’s philosophy (despite the fact that Nespresso managed to secure a place at the espresso machine, a familiar elephant in the room for dining establishments in Paris) and the perfect-for-sharing menu makes this a great spot for a quick drink or a laid-back dinner.
If you don’t have time to eat in, Inaro is happy to prepare anything to go. During the summer, their kit apéro (including a bottle of wine, charcuterie, and two plastic wine glasses) is popular among Canal St. Martin picnickers. Bottles of wine, plates of cheese, charcuterie, smoked fish, and other small plates can also be taken home for a catered dinner or as a nice touch to a Parisian cocktail party.
Due to the ever-changing nature of the carte du jour, the menu is kept vague, composed of qualitative descriptions rather than detailed ones. Wine, for example, can be ordered as “good” (4.40€ a glass), “better” (6.60€ a glass) and “awesome” (9.80€ a glass). Similarly, food is ordered by category, offering the possibility to mix and match between the categories “meat,” “cheese,” and “fish” (prices range from 6-27€). While some of the meat options are sourced from outside the hexagon, from as nearby as Italy and as far off as Japan, the commitment to artisanal production remains.
Craft beer is also available, with a preference for Breton beer makers and a little semi-local flavor added with Paris-inspired Gallia beers, whose product line is getting increasingly more interesting with the addition of more adventurous brews, such as an India Pale Ale and an American Stout.
Keep an eye on Inaro’s Facebook page for events and themed evenings. Upcoming events include a celebration of the restaurant’s own wine vintage, made in partnership with Languedoc-based winemaker Eric Prissette and a joint fête with the neighboring bookstore for the release of author Martine Camillieri’s cook/roadbook Jamais Sans Mon Kmion.
Inaro – 38 rue René Boulanger, 75010. Tel: +33 (0)9 83 07 92 52
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