By Irene Fogarty
If you’re wearing a scarf and a hat in Paris today, you’re either suffering from a head cold or you’re simply over-dressed. Winter has not started here yet and most of us are just hoping it slips on by and goes straight into spring. Of course maybe by the time you’re reading this (in February), the weather might have a done a complete 180. Either way, why not celebrate this unseasonably warm/cold weather by heading out to a new little spot called Mojito and Bob’s in Oberkampf. I passed it several times and never dropped in until recently. It was a total surprise. First of all it reminds me of all the great little bar-restos in the LES. Small, comfortable, cool, with a really nice staff, good food, non-exorbitant prices. Not very Parisian. In addition, it’s full of locals and no one too trendy or hipster-y. It’s just cool without trying.
It all started about two years ago, when Frédérique and Arnaud Durandin, (a couple) decided to start a restaurant that simply offered something different: good food, good service, and a good ambiance, without the red ropes, attitude or ridiculous prices. Along with something else called ‘drunch’ dinner-brunch with “salt and sweet” tapas “formule” for only 3 and 4€ from 4 pm to midnight. The perfect Sunday solution when you don’t want to cook or know what you want to eat.
What strikes you is that it’s a bar-resto that caters to anything you want. Here’s what I had…the brochette au saumon à l’unilatéral, chunks of delicious fresh salmon perfectly cooked on a skewer served with risotto with comté cheese and coriander. Miam! Try it with a crisp white Grand Bateau for only 20€ a bottle. Très, très bon. Want a little bit of everything? Pas de problème. Le Grand Ardoise, offers 5 delicious tapas of your choice, a green salad and a café gourmand for 15€.
Of course, there’s a reason why it’s called Mojito and Bob. They serve mojitos (duh) and all the classics (caiprinhas, pina coladas, etc) but also ‘les créations’…exotic mixtures like Cucumber & Basilic, Mango &Tea, Merengue, Tonin all for only 8€. In addition to a wine list that includes a delicious Malbecs, Zinfandels from California, and glasses of Cava for 5€, you also have the option of BYOB…for a corkage fee of only 5€. This is the first time I’ve seen this in Paris. An international wine list as well as the option to bring your own bottle. Incroyable! Who says the French aren’t flexible! That must be ‘B(y)ob’ part of the name!
Be sure to go a little earlier on a Saturday night if you want to sit up at the bar. If you have a table booked for later, you might catch the dj who adds to the ambiance without blasting music that you have to scream over to be heard. Whatever time or day you go, I’m sure you’re going to discover that Mojito and Bob is cool place for any time of the year. Say hello to Benjamin (barman) and Arnaud for me and if you’re a rugby fan, all the better! Bon Appétit!
Mojito Bob’s, 3 Rue Oberkampf Paris 75011, Metro Oberkampf 5,9, Metro 8, Filles Du Calvaire, Hours: Tues – Fri 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 2pm. ?Sat, 6pm – 2am, Sun, 4pm – 12pm.
For more details, go their site, http://www.mojitaetbob.com/