4.5-5.0 (Depending on where you live). Petit Panisse, 35, rue de Montreuil in the 11th, 01.43.71.37.90, closed Saturday lunch and Sundays with formulas at 10, 12 and 15 at lunch and 24 and 30 € looks like a real dump from the street; faded signs, faded woodwork, old advertising signs, aged metal shops – great ambiance. By digging one finds out this is associated with the Vache Acrobate and it’s sure a funky space.
Here we are in a recession/depression and the place is packed with locals, by 1 PM flowing out into the street waiting. No wonder, three courses at lunch are 16 € and at dinner only 30 € and wine by the ½ liter is 12 €.
I was seated at a corner table which suited me just fine and had a great view of the scene. I started with a fish soup with rouille, that both had a different taste than I’m used to, but they were just fine.
Then I had the coq au vin, which had a sauce as good as they come.
The desserts were made on-site; I had an apricot/pistachio one that again was quite good.
The outside says traditional food and it sure is: the above plus foie gras, charcuterie, boudin and seafood raviolis. They served up three sorts of bread, one a nut bread, had a more than ample cheese platter and gave me the best Illy coffee I’ve had in months.
The bill (tap water is on the table) was 30.50 €.
Go? You won’t so it’s futile telling you I wish there were a down and dirty place like this in my, indeed every, quartier.