What a surprise to be invited to eat with my fingers in Paris.
At Cuisine de Bar, (3 locations, I ate at the rue du Cherche-Midi venue, next door to the main Poilâne bakery) the basis for their offerings is wood-fired sourdough Poilâne bread.
This bread is so popular that lines regularly stretch down rue du Cherche-Midi from the bakery, and loaves are featured on foodie tours and overnighted to gourmet groceries in NYC.
The Cuisine de Bar’s specialty is the tartine — oblong, open-faced sandwiches topped with meat, fish and veggie pâtés, melted cheese, figs, and more.
The menu describes the restaurant as without a chef, and without a kitchen. While you tuck into a starter of beautifully dressed greens or a robust soup, your tartine is prepared on a counter near the front door and heated in a toaster oven.
Eating with your fingers is not the norm in Paris. But the tartines are sliced across the grain into pieces that are easy to pick up. I was pretty sure that young people would go for it (and they did), but I had doubts about the middle-aged bourgeois couple beside me.
Surprise—they eagerly scooped up the pieces of their smoked salmon tartines, which were served on flat, rectangular plates.
The vibe is casual and service is efficient—making it a great place for a quick lunch, a leisurely bite outside regular lunch and dinner times, or a meal out with the kids.
Mille fois merci to Molly P for recommending La Cuisine de Bar, and for accompanying me!
Have you eaten here? what was your experience?