We were in Paris for one night with Stewart’s mom and boyfriend and a lot of the places on my list close on Mondays. My bible for Paris is http://parisbymouth.com/ and they have a nice list of open on Monday spots and after some research, I chose Pirouette as the food seemed interesting but not too exotic or strange that it could scare our less adventurous dining companions.
The vibe is modern and casual and the place is somewhat buzzy but not loud.
We all decided to do the three course dinner menu for €42. Several of the dishes have supplements such as the risotto starter that had a €16 surcharge for the morels.
What we ate:
Amuse of pork cracklings with goat cheese: this and the poultry main were the best dishes of the night. What is unfair is that it was an amuse and we got so excited for what was to come that expectations probably got even higher…….
Spelt risotto, morels, watercress and butter: this was honestly a tiny portion considering the supplement fee and it was not morel(y) enough to justify it but still a good texture with the spelt and a fun take on the traditional risotto. The watercress was a bit overpowering in my opinion and hid the morel flavors a bit.
Perfect egg, violet carrots, onions, chorizo, green peas: the egg was perfectly cooked and hiding underneath a mound of leaves and carrots and greens. The combination was unique and tasty and good but didn’t blow us away. It was the perfect cooking on the egg but not the perfect egg dish overall. Sometimes there are just too many flavours in one dish!
Spring vegetables, mascarpone , shallots: way too healthy of a dish and just a gorgeous combination of greens and flowers over a dollop of rich mascarpone. Lacked a bit of seasoning in my book.
Veal cheek “a la plancha”, asparagus, radishes, bear garlic: This was a solid dish, the veal cheeks were very tender and flavourful. Good but not enough to make me rush back.
Wild hake marinated yoghurt, asparagus and orange butter: this was delicious. Beautiful piece of fish and creative combination of flavours. The orange butter came on the side and was addictive. I even stole some and poured on top of the beef cheeks too. And then ate some more with bread………
Dandieu poultry, foie gras, organic barley, corn, spring onions: best dish of the night. The chicken was nice but the foie gras melted in our mouth and when paired with the chicken, it was a marriage made in heaven! The barley was also lovely and made risotto style and actually better than the spelt risotto starter. The corn added nice sweetness and everything just danced on a plate. This dish we would go back for but sadly none of the others blew us away to the same extent.
Rice pudding, salted caramel, caramelized hazelnuts: I had read raving reviews about this rice pudding and expected a lot. It was a tasty rice pudding and the salted caramel could have been slightly saltier. The candied hazelnuts served on the side added a nice texture.
Chocolate ganache, coffee ice cream, clove: the glove came in a wafer thin tuile and was unnecessary as it was overly clove(y). The ganache was rich and delicious but the coffee ice cream could have been a tad creamier. Still good.
Strawberries, dillweed ice cream, tapioca, almonds: my mother-in-law ordered this as she loves dill on everything. The dillweed ice cream was bright green and was tasted like slightly sweet frozen dill which is not my thing. It was interesting but I am not sure interesting is my favourite adjective when it comes to my desserts.
In sum: interesting menu that showed a lot of potential but dishes just didn’t blow us away! Sadly won’t be added as my favourite Monday night spot and I will have to research new options for next time.
Pirouette Paris http://www.oenolis.com/
5 Rue Mondétour, 75001 Paris, France
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