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Pirouette in the 1st: Perfection on the beaten path, hidden in plain view.

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Pirouette in the 1st: Perfection on the beaten path, hidden in plain view.

John Talbott | | Sep 1, 2012 07:41 AM

Recently, several posters have commented on places some of us eat at that are not on "the beaten path." Well, how about this one? Smack at Les Halles, like Poe's Purloined Letter or Ugati's Letters of Transit Pirouette, 5, rue Mondetour in the 1st, 01.40.26.47.81, closed Sundays, (Metro: Etienne Marcel) is a gem sitting in the sea of dreck, flotsam & jetsam merrily going its own way. Opened just 6 days ago, it has the coolest decor, the nicest staff and the best eel, langoustines and baba I've had in a very long time.
The not so pseudonymous Olivier Morteau in “Food Business: La face cachée de la gastronomie française” said the formula for a good restaurant in Paris was to "find a culinary dessert, a bold chef and set easy prices." Well here you have it. What could be more on and off the beaten track for good food than Les Halles?

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