Tintilou (37 Rue de Montreuil 11th) Very funky little bistro de quartier. Excellent food and friendly, if a bit haphazard, service.
We were the only non-French speakers in the place. This is a good choice for a Saturday night especially if it’s in your quartier (which it is for us.) 38E menu with 2 choices for each course or you can order from the carte or do the 48E chef’s surprise 4 course menu. We opted for the 3 course menu.
They forgot to bring us the amuse, which disappointed us as we saw other tables receive one and our entrees came out very quickly. The menu descriptions weren’t particularly accurate to the food but it was all quite tasty. Entrees were vegetable ravioli w/pti pois puree and eggs cocotte which the menu said “espuma de poivron rouge” but were instead in a parmesan cream sauce. Both delicious.
Plates were stewed lamb shoulder with asparagus, fresh peas, with jus served with excellent mashed potatoes and merlu (hake) over beef confit, diced mixed veggies with baby spelt. Both plates were comforting if a little wintery for May but delicious. Everything needed just a bit of salt to hit optimum flavor but they were happy to provide the salt grinder.
Desserts were both terrific if not particularly matching the descriptions. A “Tartelette inverse, fruits rouge” turned out to be a kind of deconstructed vacherin: a dish of strawberries and blueberries in juice with lemon sorbet topped with a lovely, crisp meringue, barely sweet and perfect. The other dessert was chocolate ganache with passion fruit custard served with an excellent madeleine. Rich and satisfying. With 2 glasses of very nice Cote de Rhone and a bottle of water the bill was $92E. A very fine value. I wouldn’t trot across town to eat here but if it’s convenient for you to get to, it’s definitely a great Saturday night choice.