Posted on March 21, 2019 by Staff Writer
Serving a wide selection of fine wines and authentic French cuisine, In Vino Veritas/Le Café Gourmet is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing meal, sip a glass of wine or share a romantic evening. The new French bistro and wine bar, located in Drayton Tower at 102 E. Liberty Street in downtown Savannah, offers more than 40 wines by the glass, beer and an extensive bottle list, as well as delicious food with a decidedly French flair.
“The combination of In Vino Veritas and Le Café Gourmet is the result of two professionals wanting to bring the best of French bistro ambiance to Savannah,” Le Café Gourmet owner Angela Yeo explains.
While savoring a steaming hot cup of café au lait and a freshly baked croissant, customers may find it difficult to remember that In Vino Veritas/Le Café Gourmet is nestled in Savannah’s National Landmark Historic District, not in a Parisian marketplace.
“Our overall vision is to create a space with a great atmosphere where you can come and relax throughout the day,” Angela says with a smile. “Our customers really enjoy fresh croissants and sandwiches during the day and great small bites – known as amuse bouche in French – after 4 p.m.”
Angela and her husband Alexandre Darbousset, a professional baker, moved to Savannah from France three years ago to open what Angela refers to as “our French little cafe.” They recently partnered with In Vino Veritas owner Nolan Wolf to offer expanded culinary options that complement the venue’s extensive wine selection.
“We offer a little touch of France in Savannah, where you can come and enjoy typical French pastries, sandwiches and crepes,” Angela explains. “Everything is made fresh every day with the best ingredients.”
The restaurant’s menu features sandwiches, salads and paninis, including a number of vegetarian and vegan-friendly options. Popular items include The Gourmet Croque, a toasted sandwich made with fresh bread, homemade béchamel sauce, bacon and turkey, as well as The Frenchy salad, which elevates the typical greens mix with the addition of black forest ham, hard-boiled eggs, fresh tomatoes and gruyere.
Smoked salmon and charcuterie platters complement In Vino Veritas/Le Café Gourmet’s selection of quality red, white and rosé wines, starting at $7 a glass. Local and regional craft beers from Savannah’s own Southbound Brewing Company and Service Brewing Company, Belgium beers and mainstream classics are also available for purchase.
Nightcap snack offerings include roasted brie served with house specialty bread, smoked paprika almonds and a wide variety of French-style quiches. Those looking for a sweet treat can sample tasty macarons, cannelés and almond pastries.
In Vino Veritas/Le Café Gourmet is a true gem in Savannah’s vibrant dining scene and a can’t-miss experience for your taste buds.
In Vino Veritas/Le Café Gourmet is located in Drayton Tower at 102 E. Liberty Street. The wine bar and café is open Thursday-Monday from 10 a.m. to midnight and Tuesday-Wednesday from 4 p.m. to midnight. Party reservations and catering are also available. For more information, call (912) 662-6665 or visit invinoveritaswinebar.com or lecafegourmet.com.