As I have said before, the bistrot scene is pretty hip right now in Paris. Parisians and tourists alike are flocking to these restaurants that take us back to basics, all while adding modern touches (molecular cuisine for example) and using fresh, seasonal produce. Many newspapers, food blogs, and food magazines are bonkers for the bistrot right now.
Le Pantruche is located in the 9th, just off the lovely rue des Martyrs. This area is one of my favorites in Paris since it is not that frequented by tourists, and the rue des Martyrs is the quintessential Parisian market street. Food stores, pâtisseries, boulangeries, boucheries, flower shops spill out onto this street on Sundays, allowing for pedestrians to meander leisurely up this street, and eventually, it affords a very picturesque view of Sacré Coeur.
The interior of Le Pantruche is very simple. Mirror mosaics are on the two dividing poles in the room, and the back wall is also a large mirror. The menu is presented on a chalkboard or ardoise. People can wait at the bar, sip wine, and munch on tartines. Fab and I were seated by the door, which is my least favorite place to sit in any restaurant because of the draft, as well as feeling crowded by people as they wait to be seated. I asked the waiter if we could change, explaining that we really were hoping for a romantic little corner...but the only other table for two that they had was by the toilets...my other least favorite place to sit in a restaurant. Door it was.
|Poached egg with chorizo sauce|
|Quail stuffed with onion confit, vinegared lentils|
Until dessert arrived anyways. I had a moelleux au chocolat with a caramel almond sauce and bourbon vanilla ice cream on top. Very simple, but an amazing combination of flavors, none overwhelming the other. Fab had a chocolate ganache macaron that was in the shape of a éclair and served with coffee ice cream.
|Moelleux au chocolat|
|Macaron façon éclair|