The craft beer boom in Paris has grown at such an astonishing rate that the market has essentially become saturated in a matter of years. These days, if you want to open up a beer bar, restaurant, or bottle shop, it’s in your best interest to find a niche or specialty that makes you stand out from the rest. The team behind Le Triangle had no problem making a space for themselves in Paris’ craft beer scene, as they simple pulled from their own particular passions – cooking, micro-brewing, and hospitality – to create one of the city’s few craft beer tap-houses.
Jocelyn, Maily, and Laurent, the husband-wife-brother team behind Le Triangle, had the idea of combining thoughtful cuisine with craft beer while spending time in Quebec, Jocelyn’s native land. As a microbrewery and beer lover, Jocelyn wanted to set up a brewery in which guests could taste an ever changing selection of beers (he never makes the same beer twice) in house. Laurent, a Ferrandi School trained chef, brings ingredient focused plates that pair perfectly with the house beer selection (as well as a rotating choice of bottles and draught beers from other craft breweries). The Le Triangle trifecta is rounded out by the warm and friendly Maily, who handles the front of house and makes guests feel welcome and well taken care of.
The seasonal menu changes frequently, depending on the chef’s mood and the beers on tap. A recent October menu featured starters such as Red Tuna Carpaccio with Sesame Mayonnaise (12,50€) and Roasted Beets with Goat’s Cheese and Balsamic Vinegar (9€). Main dishes range from the bistro favorite French Faux Filet with Homemade Fries (22€) to a classic beer accompaniment, Fish & Chips (18,50€). The carefully prepared comfort food is elevated by the use of fine ingredients and the attention to detail – rich homemade sauces, tart vinegars, and a flirtation with the joys of fried foods – that make those unaccustomed to drinking beer à table wonder why they don’t do it more often.
Reservations are recommended at Le Triangle, especially for their monthly “Mange ta Poutine” events where the menu showcases the classic Quebecois dish of fries, cheese, and gravy (15€, add sausage for +1,50€).
While it’s tempting to just come for the food, you’ll definitely want to stay for the beer (especially since you won’t be able to find it anywhere else). From wine barrel-aged fruity session ales, like the elegant Nelson Dans le Bois that Jocelyn presented at the latest Paris Beer Week, to the sultry winter stout that was fermenting on a recent late summer visit, the adept brewer has a delicate sense of flavor and an adventurous approach to making beer.
If you happen to fall for one of the homebrews at Le Triangle, growlers are available as a take-away option. Otherwise, you’ll feel more than welcome to stay a while to taste another beer, and probably another.
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