You must be wondering why this place was singled out for its own post. It is for two reasons actually. The first being that it is quite near (200m) to our apartment, which I only found out when I was in Paris. The second reason is because this is the first Spotted By Locals suggestion that we took up and it did not disappoint.
Le Tambour is located on 41 Rue Montmatre, it is nearer to Les Halles rather than Montmatre. So don’t get confused with the street name. The main attractive factor is the long opening hours; until 6am in the morning! We were there a little earlier, around 9pm. Most of the shops that we walked by were already closed. It was raining. We were cold and hungry.
The shop is located at a corner, probably due to the rain, there were no sitting outside. We did not reserve a spot but found the place pretty much empty around that hour. Must be because of the rain again. The restaurant is decorated with numerous oddities, old signboards, posters and be sure to check out the diorama next to the entry on your right. Kooky and weird was the initial experience.
Be sure to check out the diorama next to the entry on your right
The waiter did not rush us to make an order, which was a good point, considering the fact that we were trying to make head and tail of the French menu. Knowing French is a plus here but the waiter had no difficulty in understanding us, so not to worry.
Having zero experience with French food, I can’t give a good review. We ordered a boeuf trompette and a parmentier canard. Whatever that means. I guess a lot of you would be wondering where are our starters? What is this? Do not worry, from where I come from, we rarely had starters. And from what we know, a meal with starters, mains and desserts is too much for our stomachs to handle, hence only the mains for us. By the way, we don’t do wines either. I usually would develop a rash from consuming any significant amount of alcohol. However, alcohol mixed in the food is okay for me though.
Overall, we were very satisfied with our dinner. The beef was tender and soft, the portion just nice to give you a sensation of 80% full. The duck dish was an eye opener as it is supposed to be a pie, but it doesn’t look anything like a pie. This was a great way to end the day after trying to battle with mother nature. Rain was still pouring outside as we were sampling our food. The usage of yellow and red neon lights as décor was probably to stimulate our appetites.
When does the French usually have their dinner?
We thought we were the only people up for dinner at the ungodly hour of 9-10pm, but within half an hour, we were joined by at least 4 other tables. This left me wondering, “When does the French usually have their dinner?”
“The bill?” €44 for two persons.
Pierre Hérme Macarons
A little note here, earlier in the day, we came across Pierre Hérme’s macaroon shop and bought ourselves an assorted 20-piece box. We wanted to do a comparison between his and Gérard Mulot’s version but unfortunately, Mulot’s shop was closed for the day (I meant the one we went to).
Talk about sweet! These little one-mouthful cakes/cookies probably come coated in sugar! They appear to be hard but once you take the first bite and the inner filling of either jam, buttercream or ganache starts to ooze out is when that heavenly feeling (pun intended) sets in. In normal speak, it is the sugar rush that gets you.
They come in an assortment of rainbow colours, I lost count after 5. Be sure to try them out if you are in Paris. The more famous version would be Ladurée.
The price of 20 macarons? €38 for a box.