Petit Café Du Coin
Berry Street, Liverpool
Review by Hannah Fowler
I’m no wine connoisseur so the thought of reviewing a French wine café – although delicious – was daunting to say the least.
Any doubts were put to ease when entering Petit Café Du Coin on Berry Street. This French venue serves up wines, cheeses, coffee and cocktails all to the smooth sounds of jazz.
Warmly greeted by staff, the café oozes Parisian charm and is a perfect choice for a date or chilled evening catching up with friends.
In fact, there is no snobbery or elitism at Petit Café Du Coin. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and more than happy to chat through wines to see what takes your fancy. A blackboard displays the large selection of wines on offer, while coffee, cocktails and bar snacks complete the menu.
My friend and I decided on white wine and we were given a few samples of the selection. After our tasters, I went for a glass of the house white wine (La Metropole 2015) for £3.50, while my friend had a glass of Felicette Grenache Blanc 2016 (£4.50).
The house white was very reasonably priced and was a balanced mix of fresh fruit flavours with hints of melon and pear. The Felicette, which our waiter told us was named after the only cat to have been sent into space, was one of our favourites – it had a summery taste with exotic fruits, citrus and nectarine.
With its rustic interiors of dark wood and emerald green, candle-lit tables and fairy lights adorning the walls, it’s easy for the hours to pass by at this French café. Especially with the collection of board games available including chess and Scrabble. We settled in to the latter and, with a glass of wine in hand, it made for a relaxing, cosy evening.
I would definitely head back on a weekend too. On Friday and Saturday nights music fills the small space with bands such as The Manouchetones – a gypsy jazz ensemble – performing live.
Petit Café Du Coin offers a selection of snacks to accompany its drinks menu, from cheeseboards (£9.95) and baked camembert (£8.95) to fresh garlic bread (£4.50).
My friend and I went for the Soup du Jour – mushroom soup served with fresh warm bread (£3.50). Full of rich earthy flavour, the homemade soup was proper comfort food guaranteed to warm you up on a cold evening. The crunchy ciabatta was perfect for dunking and I didn’t want the bowl to end.
To finish the evening we decided to try two more white wines – the Mont Rocher Viognier 2016 (£4.50 a glass) and R Prüm Riesling 2016 (£30 a bottle).
The Mont Rocher Viognier was deliciously aromatic with ripe favours of apricot and nectarine. Although a rich wine, it was still dry and refreshing. The R Prüm Riesling was much sweeter and fruitier, with fresh flavours of peaches and citrus fruits.
If you’re looking for a chilled evening with great wine, delicious food and perhaps a board game or two, then look no further than this Parisian hideout on Berry Street.