Anyone who has indulged in the brilliant dishes at Le Maquis will likely agree: this bistro has been leading the pack in the race for northern Montmartre’s best lunch for years now… But the good news? Ever since October 2023, there’s a cheeky newcomer who’s carved out a prime position in the neighborhood: Le Boréal, the latest restaurant from Philippe Jaillet and Charles Neyers (La Traversée, Petite Fleur), which leaves you spellbound with its beautiful brass-topped bar and classic Thonet chairs. So, let’s dive right into the menu of the day, which paraded out onto said bar: a very clever pairing of roasted salsify, tangy pickled mussels, sunchoke purée, trout roe and smoked ricotta; a generous serving of free-range chicken ballotines enrobed in a creamy mushroom sauce, hiding silky spinach and a few chanterelles scattered around here and there; before a chocolate mousse subtly spiced with just the right amount of green Kampot pepper. At night, the chef shows off his culinary prowess with a selection of à la carte offerings: a veal rump and langoustine combo, roasted farm-fresh cockerel, gilt-head bream, butternut squash wellington… // Albin Nycta
FEELING THIRSTY? : A big enough selection that you risk feeling disoriented: Le Marmot, a Roussillon cinsault-carignan from La Grange Saint André (€7 a glass), Primitif, a gamay from Sébastien Congretel (€35 a bottle), or Les Mouettes, a chenin from Thomas Zurbach (€44).
PRICE: : Set menus €24-28 (weekday lunch), à la carte €49-65.
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