Hungry and excited to have a Parisian dinner, I picked Le Pearl as my first restaurant. Fellow Foodspotter Lindsey (lostincheeseland) is an American living in Paris, who was nice enough to share her favorite local eats. Out of Lindsey’s list of recommendations, I read her confidence in Le Pearl and was curious enough to see for myself…
I returned to my American ways and ordered tap water. I miss having this option.
We sat down at 8:50pm and the bread was still soft and fresh.
Duck Breast w/ Honey Sauce & Mashed Potatoes. 18,00
Sweet Chicken Breast with Tarragon Sauce & Potatoes au Gratin. 16,50
Le Cafe Tres Gourmand. 10,00
Must-Have Chocolate Cake.
Warm Apple Crumble.
Environment: Warm and cozy, with attention to detail: chalkboard board menus, modern cutlery, mix & match seats, as well as an open-kitchen. Seating is limited so it is recommended to call in advance (thanks Lindsey!).
Service: Exceptional. Le Pearl opened 6 months ago by a young husband and wife team. The wife greets her guests with a genuine smile and takes the orders, while the hubby mans the kitchen. Since my French vocabulary is limited to “bonjour” and “omelette du fromage”, the Chef was nice enough to come out of his kitchen to translate for me.
Food: Chef Thomas uses simple cooking techniques with quality ingredients. The honey chicken was tender and steaming with perfection. The potatoes au gratin bursted with flavors of thyme. Not to mention, the tarragon foam was a brilliant addition. For the duck breast, certain slices were quite tender (same duck used for foie gras), and the flavor combinations used in this dish were a really nice touch. Overall the portions were great and left us completely satisfied.
Desserts (yes, they get their own category): When we were ordering our main courses, the Chef highly recommended that we save room for dessert. After contemplating whether or not we had space in our bellies for sweets, we asked Chef Thomas to prepare a dessert that we could share. With a nod and a smile from the kitchen, he sent over Le Cafe Tres Gourmand, which translates into heaven on a plate. I started eating the desserts from hot to cold… and everything, and I mean everything WOW’ed me. Le fondant au chocolat cake oozed as if it were lava & the Crumble auz Pommes (apple crumble) was light and flavorful (kinda reminded me of a coconut macaroon on top). Needless to say, we finished the plate.
Prices: Based on the quality, portion-size, service and location, I couldn’t have been more pleased with the bill. Just under 25 euro per person- can you say deal?? And rumor has it that their lunch special are half that price…
39 Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011 Paris, France
If I lived closer, Le Pearl could very well be my Turne equivalent. Very happy to have had the opportunity to dine at Le Pearl and hope to return to the same quality and service my next visit… because I’m pretty certain that I’ll have to take a number just to get a seat.