Aux Deux Moulins ParisOct 02 2013 · 1 comment · Snacks & Street Food
To be honest, we stumbled upon Café des 2 Moulins. As a big Amèlie Poulain fan, should I be embarrassed? Walking around the beautiful Montmartre area after seeing the basilique Sacré Coeur, we strolled around the area and found the cafe organically. After Amèlie came out in 2001, the café has become a huge tourist destination, somewhat of a homage spot to the film and the story itself. The café has a typically Parisian feel – as soon as you walk in, you notice there’s something special about the place, from the bar to the light fixtures themselves.
The influence Amèlie has had on the place is obvious – a large framed poster of Amèlie hangs out at the back while a collection of mementos from the film are behind glass on the way to the bathroom. The menu itself has a couple of items with reference to Amèlie, suggesting some of her favourite dishes. One of the first things we got was the Gôuter Amèlie which was a basic crème brulée.
Starting to feel hungry, we decided to wait until the lunch service started and opted for a charcuterie board and a beef carpaccio. The charcuterie was loaded with serrano ham, a block of terrine from Auvergne and an assortment of different cheese that ranged from sharp and strong to milder and more soft tasting. The requisite pickles made an appearance at the corner of the board and a light house salad tossed with mushrooms and tomatoes was included and sprawled across the middle. The selection of meats and cheese were varied, giving a nice overview of different flavour profiles. Ultimately though, I found eating the dish on the saltier side without the accompaniment of a bread or carb to eat it with.
The beef carpaccio was a standard – nice and easy lunch food.
The food wasn’t the highlight of our experience but in this case, it didn’t have to be. It was interesting just to be there – the Amèlie angle works here.
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