4 months ago, famous restaurateurs Olivier and Julie Demarle – who already run several successful places – opened their latest restaurant. It’s called Moloko Pigalle, a festive restaurant housing a cocktail bar. On weekends, it’s a musical bar where one can dance until the break of dawn on soul, funk, black, vintage and hip-hop music.
We (almost) don’t count the businesses open by the Demarles (Le Café Chic, The Bistrologist, La Fidélité, Magnifique, Le Basilic, L’Entrée des Artistes or even burger restaurant Le Dépanneur set on 27 rue Pierre Fontaine).
For their latest place, Moloko Pigalle (standing just across Le Dépanneur), Julie and Olivier Demarle called in chef José Mendin based in Miami Beach. He helped them create a menu based on plates to share and Asian specialties.
Dishes taking patrons on a travel straight to Asia.
Moloko Pigalle fusion cuisine is simply a success. We tried (a lot) dishes that are on Moloko Pigalle menu and every one of them delighted us.
The warm edamame is served with spices. A good idea to enhance these beans that would be too simple without this twist.
The salmon carpaccio marinated with soy, yuzu and covered in truffles is delicious.
As for the Wagyu beef tataki with the tofu/truffle sauce and shimeji mushrooms, it’s excellent. The softness of this quality meat is enhanced by the seasoning.
Moloko Pigalle also serves a choice of tacos: the one based on bluefin tuna is very spicy, the one with white fish ceviche is finely spicy but not too spicy, in the one based on wagyu beef, the meat is cooked, unlike the fish-based ones. They all are flavorful thanks to a mastered seasoning. The crunch of the tacos stands out against the softness of the filling.
Moloko Pigalle is also a choice of rolls. The crispy rice tuna mixes cooked and crispy rice on which lays very seasoned tuna. This warm and crunchy piece awakens the mouth. As for the Yellowtail Rolls, they actually are a maki: crab meat surrounded by rice. Very good.
Moloko warm dishes have nothing to envy to the finger food.
Eggplant is cooked with miso sauce, baked and snacked and sprinkled with sesame. The sweet and savory marinade brings some caramel and nice taste to the vegetable.
Chicken leg is served as Japanese pan-fried dips.
Wasabi/nori sauce isn’t too spicy.
Filet mignon is perfectly cooked. Here, this meat is cooked with sake and sesame.
But the best dish at Moloko Pigalle is undoubtedly the black cod. Cod is marinated in miso sauce. The perfect cooking leads to a caramelized side and the inside is so smooth. What a wonder. The best in Paris?
Despite all that, you want to keep some room for dessert because Moloko Pigalle sweet offer is worth the trip.
The Moloko basically is half a coconut filled with pineapple, browned butter crumble and of course coconut in several textures including toasted shavings. It’s great.
The Croissant Pudding is a chocolate/miso cream, sesame ice cream, chocolate pudding. The freshness of the ice cream is a sharp contrast with the lukewarm chocolate. To die for.
There are just so many good things on Moloko Pigalle menu that – you get it – it’s hard to choose. You better come several times to taste everything.
Covering two floors, Moloko Pigalle enjoys a bar on each floor. Cocktails provided are Asian-inspired and original. For instance, the Emperor Kir is based on Taittinger champagne, aloe vera and lychee mangoustan. Very bubbly and decorated with a flower, it’s so delicious it’s highly addictive.
As for the other restaurants opened by the Demarles, Moloko enjoys a design and sophisticated setting, a chic and trendy restaurant. The ambiance of the place filled with history (of Parisian nights) is lounge-like, rather dark – but not too much – with soft light. The bar is made of polished concrete.
A live DJ music is performed every night for dinner, but not too loudly. From Thursday to Saturday, a second DJ takes over from midnight and the music is turned louder.
Moloko Pigalle is THE new spot you want to try for cocktails, food and music. We couldn’t recommend more prior booking for your dinner or night out at Moloko Pigalle. And since Olivier and Julie Demarle could burst with ideas, novelties are said to arrive soon as for the bar. We’re just saying…
Alcohol abuse is bad for your health, please drink responsibly.
From 16 January 2020 to 16 January 2021
Moloko - Pigalle
26, Rue Fontaine
75009 Paris 9
Blanche ou Pigalle
dessert: 10 €
cocktail: 14-16 €
rolls: 16-18 €
black cod: 29 €