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Billili

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Billili

Shortlisted by Bistronaut #4

WHO
Co-owners Thomas Brachet (chef) and Tristan Reynoux (sommelier) opened Billili as a companion wine bar to their bustling next door restaurant Les Arlots. Billili serves both as a waiting room, a consolation prize, an after-party and much more for fans of the duo’s restaurant.

FOOD
Thomas and Tristan are all about easy, tasty food. Much like their restaurant, Billili tends towards meat-heavy options, but here instead of composed dishes, there is a list of rotating small plates to share both at lunch and at dinner. A few evening hits:
- Meaty homemade terrine de campagne and pickles (€8), served with Mamiche’s thick and tasty seeded bread
- Juicy, giant, gluttonous pig ear croquettes (€9 for three)
- Large white asparagus with an herbed mousseline sauce and crispy ham (€12)
- Fresh and salty Morbihan oysters (€10 for four)
- Signature mullet tartare with chives and walnuts (€12)
- Vegetarian tartine on seeded black bread with herb pesto, fresh cheese, sweet potatoes, all topped with fresh salad and herbs, the lone vegetarian offering, apart from cheese – but tasty nonetheless (€8.50)

At lunch expect much of the same, with the addition of a daily sandwich.

DRINKS
An excellent wine selection, which you can either take home or drink at Billili with an added corkage fee. There are many options by the glass as well: a Languedoc white from the Domaine de Clovallon (€6), a red Rendez-vous des Acolytes from the Domaine des Accoles (€4.50) and a Beaujolais Pinot noir from Xavier Benier (€6), etc.

DECOR
Very little décor at Billili, save for the deep emerald green tiles that adorn the back of the bar/open-kitchen area and the huge wine selection covering an entire wall. A “humorous” Simba The Lion King poster also hangs by the entrance in opposition to the classic Michel Tolmer Épaulé Jeté poster found in most natural wine bars in Europe.

NOISE
Boisterous most nights, but conversations with friends remain audible.

SEATING
The restaurant is made up of an assortment of bar stools (in front of the kitchen area and/or looking out the windows) and mismatched tables and chairs.

VIBE
Fun! The perfect place to go with friends. Share plates, share wine, share anecdotes, more wine, more plates, more anecdotes.

RESTROOMS
Not as fun as those at Les Arlots.

SERVICE
Much like the vibe, the staff’s attitude is laidback and fun. They are thoughtful about their wine recommendations and make every guest feel like friends & family.

WOULD RECOMMEND
100%. Much like Les Arlots is the perfect Parisian Bistrot for the modern age, Billili is the perfect Parisian wine-bar.

WHO
Co-owners Thomas Brachet (chef) and Tristan Reynoux (sommelier) opened Billili as a companion wine bar to their bustling next door restaurant Les Arlots. Billili serves both as a waiting room, a consolation prize, an after-party and much more for fans of the duo’s restaurant.

FOOD
Thomas and Tristan are all about easy, tasty food. Much like their restaurant, Billili tends towards meat-heavy options, but here instead of composed dishes, there is a list of rotating small plates to share both at lunch and at dinner. A few evening hits:
- Meaty homemade terrine de campagne and pickles (€8), served with Mamiche’s thick and tasty seeded bread
- Juicy, giant, gluttonous pig ear croquettes (€9 for three)
- Large white asparagus with an herbed mousseline sauce and crispy ham (€12)
- Fresh and salty Morbihan oysters (€10 for four)
- Signature mullet tartare with chives and walnuts (€12)
- Vegetarian tartine on seeded black bread with herb pesto, fresh cheese, sweet potatoes, all topped with fresh salad and herbs, the lone vegetarian offering, apart from cheese – but tasty nonetheless (€8.50)

At lunch expect much of the same, with the addition of a daily sandwich.

DRINKS
An excellent wine selection, which you can either take home or drink at Billili with an added corkage fee. There are many options by the glass as well: a Languedoc white from the Domaine de Clovallon (€6), a red Rendez-vous des Acolytes from the Domaine des Accoles (€4.50) and a Beaujolais Pinot noir from Xavier Benier (€6), etc.

DECOR
Very little décor at Billili, save for the deep emerald green tiles that adorn the back of the bar/open-kitchen area and the huge wine selection covering an entire wall. A “humorous” Simba The Lion King poster also hangs by the entrance in opposition to the classic Michel Tolmer Épaulé Jeté poster found in most natural wine bars in Europe.

NOISE
Boisterous most nights, but conversations with friends remain audible.

SEATING
The restaurant is made up of an assortment of bar stools (in front of the kitchen area and/or looking out the windows) and mismatched tables and chairs.

VIBE
Fun! The perfect place to go with friends. Share plates, share wine, share anecdotes, more wine, more plates, more anecdotes.

RESTROOMS
Not as fun as those at Les Arlots.

SERVICE
Much like the vibe, the staff’s attitude is laidback and fun. They are thoughtful about their wine recommendations and make every guest feel like friends & family.

WOULD RECOMMEND
100%. Much like Les Arlots is the perfect Parisian Bistrot for the modern age, Billili is the perfect Parisian wine-bar.

CHEF

Thomas Brachet

OPENING HOURS

From noon to 3pm and from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.

RESERVATION

No reservations.

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