Pirouette (5 Rue Mondétour, 75001) Nice little spot in the middle of the crazy mess next to the LesHalles project. Very pretty, well thought out food in a casual atmosphere. Mix of English and French speakers, chalkboard menu in French and English, definitely well discovered by tourists looking for good modern French cooking.
We did the 3 course menu for 42E with some upcharges. Nice little amuse of fried pork skin (think pork rinds!) topped with herbed cream cheese that was quite yummy. Entrees were squid with pine nut pesto, pomelo, red cabbage that was ok but didn’t wow and a rabbit terrine with horseradish cream, turnip, grilled endive (+2E) which was very tasty. Plats were both seriously spectacular. Dandieu volaille and foie gras with barley and corn was totally worth the 4E upcharge and the veal cheeks with smoked anchovies, artichoke hearts and poivrade was delectable. Dessert was a fairly simple ris au lait with a drizzle of caramel and some candied nuts that was just fine but better was a white chocolate and cardamom tart with a cilantro brulee served with intense strawberry glace and some fresh berries. With 2 glasses of wine and a bottle of water the bill was 114E.
The plats made this meal worth the trip and I’m very glad we went but I don’t think I’d return or wave a banner to recommend it either. While the plats were extremely delicious and all the dishes were beautifully presented, the entrees and desserts lacked any real wow factor and somehow the whole experience was missing some essence of heart that makes a meal in its totality great for me.