Lapinou re-opened their patio this weekend, so we went on Saturday night. It is protected from the wind in an alley, with a canopy overhead so it is good for a rainy evening. They have lots of heaters, so we were fine without jackets at 5 degrees (and have been fine previously at zero).
The food remains very good, leaning mainly towards French. We mainly sampled new options, so we didn’t order the cassoulet, which was excellent previously:
Fried squash, with yogurt, honey, pumpkin seed, Espelette - espelette very subtle, sweet squash, could use thicker slices of squash to balance out the thick-ish coating.
Baby Gem with fennel, breadcrumb, shaved Gouda, bay leaf emulsion - delicious salad, like a riff on Caesar
Bread rolls - arrived hot and perfect to go with the house smoked ham, with truffle aïoli, celery, Comte. We put them together to make fine sandwiches that rival the mortadella sandwich at Bar Piquette.
Chitarra with hen of the woods, preserved lemon, Parmesan - great noodles, with a buttery sauce nicely balanced by the lemon.
Garganelli with ground lamb, preserved lemon, nicoise olive (chopped over top), ricotta salata, jalapeño - delicious combo with a non-creamy sauce (some tomato).
Chocolate tart with miso Chantilly, caramel sauce, sesame crumble - more like a thin souffle than a tart, a bit overly salty, but otherwise nice.
Crème brûlée with yogurt, blackberry, cassis, Anise - lovely sweet blackberries highlighted this one.
In terms of drinks, we shared our favourite cocktail: Liaison Dangereuse. We then shared some lovely glasses of wine:
- Biutiful Cava Brut Bature NV - macabeu, chardonnay, Utiel-Requena, Spain - (repeat) did not disappoint. Peachy and light.
- Domaine Barou, 2020, Rhone - marsanne - light, buttery, a little herbal and bitter as well, it thought quite nice if subtle.
- Domaine des Homes, L’Amandier, 2020, Languedoc - cinsault - (also a repeat) delightfully violet, really enjoyed.