Ah, Pigalle! Wait: I am talking about the restaurant in the theater district, not the risqué area in Paris! Located next to the Hilton hotel, this French brasserie has been there for years, feeding large number of tourists looking for a French experience at a reasonable price. It has been a while since we last dined there, and we recently ended up there at two different occasions. The first time was for breakfast, as we were looking for a place for a large group Midtown West. We were 14 people and a simple click on OpenTable made the trick. The second time was for dinner.
For breakfast, you have a choice between the buffet, that offers basic breakfast items like eggs, bacon, French toast or waffles, for less than $22 or the regular menu. We went for the later.
Jodi got the scrambled eggs and toast.
I got the salmon Benedict, one of my favorite brunch dishes.
Both dishes were good, the poached eggs of the Benedict being perfectly runny.
However, I did not like the potatoes and wished I switched them for fruit.
For dinner, I started with the escargots.
I thought I would get the usual buttery sauce, but it was a bit different, the sauce tasting less buttery than usual and containing some leaves that I took for spinach. It was still good and I enjoyed it with the fresh bread they brought us at the beginning of the meal.
For her entrée, Jodi ordered the Quiche Lorraine, that was served with few greens.
I was a good rendition of that dish: the quiche was fluffy, with some ham that gave a nice smokiness.
On my side, I went for the moules frites.
It was very good, the sauce, made with onions, tomatoes, cream and I believe white wine being the best part, delicious with either bread or French fries (yes, I always dip my fries in the sauce).
For dessert, we opted for the chocolate mousse.
Made with bittersweet chocolate, it was light and not too sweet. The only regret was that there was not enough whipped cream,which turned out to be not homemade.
I like Pigalle: the food is decent, with a wide range of brasserie dishes, at reasonable prices, served in a pretty authentic decor.
Enjoy (I did)!
And remember: I just want to eat!
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