Tucked away from the tourist traps of Montmartre, you’ll find one of my new favorite restaurants, Moulin de la Galette. The scenic stroll to dinner from the Lamarck-Caulaincourt metro stop made me feel like I’d discovered a sacred Parisian cloister filled with beautiful architecture, trees and silence. You’ll be greeted by the restaurant’s romantic courtyard, the perfect spot to have a glass of wine before dinner.
Thanks to Mackenzie’s parents visiting from Michigan, we were treated to a great dinner at Moulin de la Galette. We shared several starters including the risotto with mushrooms and asparagus tips, salad with goat cheese toast and pesto grilled vegetables, and escargot with garlic butter. That was the third time in 10 days that I had snails. That makes me officially French now, right?
Sarah and I chose the duck confit with potatoes and bacon-wrapped green beans for our main course. Yes, I said bacon-wrapped. Dreams do come true. Everyone else opted for seafood such as the whole and peeled Atlantic lobster with tagliatelle and bisque with lemon thyme and sea bass with risotto and shrimp.
Despite almost keeling over from a food coma, we managed to spare room for dessert. The six of us shared the cedrat (or lemon) tart with meringue cream and Manjari dark chocolate cake with praline heart and vanilla ice cream. Oh mon dieu!
Escape the overwhelming Sacre Coeur crowd and find your way to Moulin de la Galette while in Montmartre. The quality food, bright atmosphere and rich history will make it worth the hike up the area’s notorious hills!
Moulin de la Galette, 83 Rue Lepic, Paris (18th), M: Lamarck-Caulaincourt