La Cache a Vin
This charming restaurant underneath the old St Paul’s Tavern is by Thierry Galichet (the founder of Montrachet, which he has since sold to Shannon Kellam).
Every detail is fussed over here. Once John Rob’s Cellars in the 1980s, the history shows in the original brickwork and exposed beams. There’s even an old column that bears the signatures of winemakers who visited more than 30 years ago.
The venue can facilitate a quick business lunch at the bar as easily as occasion diners or private functions (in a 14-seat wine room). The menu of timeless French dishes includes foie gras, escargots, baked spatchcock and confit duck.
La cache a vin – which roughly translates to “a stash of wine” – is a fitting name given what greets you when you walk through the door; more than 250 Burgundies line the entrance, and there are 50 champagnes in the fridge. The wider list is unapologetically French and more than 90 per cent of the wines are imported by Galichet himself. You can also buy bottles at the wine shop next to the restaurant.
La Cache a Vin is open Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner only. This is because Galichet believes the more realistic hours foster staff loyalty and trickle down to better service.