Chai 33 Restaurant in Paris
Located in the heart of the Bercy Village, which is part of the historical wine centre of Paris and next to the Parc de Bercy, the Chai 33 is a modern chic restaurant that has fabulous wine cellars where you can choose your own bottle of wine, plus has a bar, and snacks available on their terraces.
About the Chai 33 restaurant in Paris
This restaurant in Paris has a chic and ultra modern design with some very unusually shaped wooden tables and classical brown and grey colours for some of the seating and decor, yet this is mixed with reds, and a bright almost fluorescent blue that makes this a very unusual place to eat out in Paris.
The Chai 33 also has a bistro style area with plenty of wines on display behind where you would sit, so you can enjoy a drink, a light lunch or both.
And the theme of the wicker style chairs with round tables are also carried through on to the terraces with one on the Cour St Emilion and the other next to the Parc de Bercy, which are ideal on a warm summers day. Yet it is also within this area here that you can purchase food and wine to eat and drink in, or to take away and enjoy in the park or back at your hotel in Paris.
In addition to these areas in the restaurant, you have an intimate and cosy atmosphere within the bar area, known as the Pink Bar, which has vibrant colours and lighting that can change depending upon the mood, and not only can you enjoy one of their wines, they also have a fabulous range of cocktails drinks and other alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages on offer.
The Wine Cellars at Chai 33
Visiting the wine cellars at Chai 33 is a very unique experience, as they offer a completely different approach to the numerous wines on offer, which are well over 300 different varieties that are stored within approximately 250 metres squared of cellars, and these are accessible to anyone.
The wine cellars are actually designated by three different areas and the first is the taste and Colour cellar, with a colour code that will help you to pick the bottle of wine that correct for your palette.
The next area is called the Coups de Coeur Cellar and this is the chief sommeliers pick of the time, where every eventuality has been thought of, such as whites for fish, reds for red meat and of course those for special occasions and much more.
Now the third area of the cellars at the Chai 33 is called the Paradis Cellar and that is where you will find the great of Grand Crus wines, so if you are a bit more than just a novice, you will be able to choose your fabulous wine for that special occasion or celebration.
However, even though the layout and designation of the cellars makes it easier, for those of you that are not experienced with different wines, there is still the sommelier to advise you of the best type of choice depending upon the situation, or your chosen dish for the evening.
The Cuisine at Chai 33
You will find creative and modern cuisine at the Chai 33 that really fits in well with its surroundings, yet the menu is still inspired by traditional French food and world cuisine, and there are numerous different options available, not just an a la carte.
For instance, you can order an express meal to eat in or take away and these start from around €12 or for a Dejeuner Express set lunch meal of either a starter and main course or main course and dessert with coffee is a cost of €16 as of 2013.
Another option is the selection from the menu, which changes according to what produce is available, as the menu changes with the seasons, but on this type of special, they are around €23 and there are quite a few different choices available such as lemon-crusted salmon with creamy polenta or roasted Iberian pork chop.
For the Dinner Formula you again have a choice of starter and main course or main course and dessert for €22 or a three course option for €28, both offering a wide selection from the menu. Yet there is also a childrens menu for any child under the age of 12 and this is a cost of €7.50 as of 2013, but on a Sunday or on the French National holidays the Chai 33 restaurant offers a brunch for €29 and childrens entertainment on the same days from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.
Now, some of the delights on offer may be starters such as Crab cake with green salad, Crispy chicken salad with liquorice and coriander or Foie Gras with chutney. Min courses could be Atlantic sole meuniere with mushrooms and vegetables, Charolais beef tartare with fries and green salad or Fillet of beef with béarnaise sauce and potato gratin followed by desserts such as Crème brulee, Fruit salad, Chocolate gateau, etc.
However, there are also options such as a selection of hams, salads, cheese selection, pasta and risotto, plus you can also add additional garnishes to your main meal from salad to French fries and haricot beans to mashed potato.
Access to the Chai 33 Restaurant in Paris
The Chai 33 is open every day and during a weekday it is open from 8am for breakfast then 10am on a weekend. However, this restaurant and bar in Paris does not close until midnight on Sunday and Monday, 1am on Tuesday and Wednesday and on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday it does not close until 2am.
Located within Bercy Village overlooking the Parc de Bercy in the 12th Arrondissement, this restaurant and bar with its wine cellars are in a very apt location considering the history of Bercy was that of the wine merchants area of Paris, yet the only main remnants of this are the Pavillons de Bercy, which were fully restored.
However, there is much to see and do in the area, like visiting one of the museums in Paris, do a bit shopping, and of course enjoy a lovely meal, which is where the Chai 33 plays an important role. And there are actually two Metro stations nearby, one being called Bercy and the other, which is serviced by the high speed Metro called the Meteor on line 14, is the Cour Saint Emilion stop.
Normally reservations are not necessary, however, for an evening meal it is advised, but if you are going to be arriving as a group, then, booking is definitely a must. But the Chai 33 also caters for private functions and corporate events along with wine tasting events, and therefore if this is something you are interested in, you would need to contact the team to discuss things in more detail.
Address and Contact Details
33 Cour Saint Emilion
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 53 44 01 01
Tourist attractions close by
- Bercy Village
- Parc de Bercy Park
- History of Bercy in Paris
- The Pavillons de Bercy
- Musee des Arts Forains Fairground Museums
- Maison du Jardinage House of Gardening
- Agence Parisienne du Climat
- Jardin Yitzhak Rabin
- La Cinematheque Francaise Cinema
- Musee de la Cinematheque Museum
- Le 51 Restaurant
- Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy Stadium POPB
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