12 Impasse Berthaud 3e arr., Paris
Metro - Rambuteau
Tonight I had grand plans to travel somewhere on the left bank and away from my apartment for dinner. Unfortunately I had to do some last minute work on the internet and didn't get too far from Les Halles where I found a internet parlor.
It's late so consulted my bistro priority list (yes I made one) and decided to visit Le Hangar which is in a little alley near the Pompidou Center.
I've tried to eat at this place before and either found it closed or too full. Tonight is a cold evening so a lot of people are not out and Le Hanger has seats available.
I am off to a slow start, the server promptly seated me but is taking a bit too long to bring the menu. I guess he is a little busy.
Le Hangar isn't a fancy place on the interior. Simple tables line the room without an inch to spare. The walls are creme colored with a few odd small pictures.
The menu has a wide variety and something that will please everyone. In addition to a variety of hot and cold starters there is a good selection of meats, fish and fowl. The menu prices range around €8 for starters, €14 for plats and €7 for fromage or desserts.
Before my starter arrives my appetite is tempted with an olive spread (for the life of me I can't remember what you call this) and some crispy toasts.
For my starter I am having a dish called Raviloi de Romans which I think is a specialty from somewhere near the French Alps. The little ravioli is served in a cream sauce and are quite tasty. My guess is that they aren't homemade but I can be wrong. It's a good hearty dish regardless.
The only item on the main courses that interested me (and one of the few I understood) was the filet de boeuf stroganoff. How could I go wrong with that?
Well, the stroganoff wasn't that good. There wasn't much meat and the dish was in a classic stroganoff sauce. When the dish arrived I though it was nice how it was served with in a lot of thin noodles. After tasting I realized those weren't noodles, they were onions! It was swimming in them. I thought there would be noodles.
There are a number of warm and cold desserts to offer including the "assiette de fromage". Regardless of how tempting it seems, I am leaving. The service is horrid and Miss Puff Puff at a nearby table is on her 6th ciggy.
I also have my "Tarte du Jour" in my bag. Today it's a "tarte almondine" from one of my favorite pattisseries in the 7th named "Julian". While at Julien, I also got a pistachio macaroon and gobbbled it up immediately while I had an espresso at a cafe.
Service at Le Hangar is not very personal. The single waiter who is running around the room is to busy to be nice. Poor man. I can only seem to give Le Hangar 2 hearts and maybe less. Service is horrid and the food average.
Smoking warning - This seems to be a very "social" restaurant. Those eating here will chain smoke before, during and after their meals as they socialize with their friends and co-workers. One female close to me actually had 5 cigarettes while waiting for her meal.
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