Paris: Pirouette

Incredibly excited to share what might just be one of my favourite meals of a recent trip to France. Met up with an old friend and we decided on a slightly more extravagant menu given that he had just finished defending his thesis (yay!). Hence a 6 plate degustation at Pirouette in Paris – every dish from good to excellent and am pretty sure they are on track to a michelin star or two. Only gripe was that the service was adorably uninformed when it came to describing the plate’s contents in English. Otherwise a very enjoyable meal, in a casual setting, all paired with a most versatile Alsatian 2012 riesling. I’ll just let the pictures do the talking.

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Pork crackling with radish, eggplant mousse and salad green
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Saucisson with peanuts
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Squid escabesche with grapefruit, endives and pine nuts
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Ark shell clams with cauliflower puree and ricotta cheek
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Pollock with agria potatoes and whelks
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Hock tender snacked, piquillos and green peas
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Ossau-Iraty cheese with black cherry jam and spice

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Finished off with a white chocolate and coriander tart paired with strawberry ice cream. I especially loved the cheese course, though by that time it was getting rather crowded in my belly. But I’d go back just for this dessert – cheese treated till it’s become gorgeously creamy, with a perfect tinge of saltiness that paired brilliantly with the black cherry jam. Of course it’s made from sheep’s milk, my favourite kind, and a dab of the rather spicy pepper powder added a wonderful kick that was quite unexpected. Really wished A were there to try all this – he would love it. This place is truly a keeper.

Pirouette
http://www.oenolis.com/pirouette/
5 Rue Mondétour, 75001 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 40 26 47 81

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