Like the earth itself, crème brûlée is protected by a firm outer crust that keeps its viscous insides from overflowing and demolishing civil society. Tempt tasty fate by cracking classic French fare with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Parisian-inspired fare at Pigalle. Today's Groupon is not valid toward prix fixe menus.
Parisian flavors inflect each bite of Pigalle's menu, which abounds with dynamic appetizers and surf 'n' turf entrees that have garnered accolades from Boston's top reviewers. A trip down the à la carte menu rewards foodies with delicious tangents such as the escargot bourguignon with a ramp risotto cake ($18) served with a soft fried egg quivering in slightly intimidated delight at its unaccustomedly high-status companions. Sweet-and-sour kumquats snuggle up to a crispy half duckling ($38) floating placidly amid fava-bean succotash and potato puree. The Angus sirloin ($44) spends the day with creamy potatoes before picking up sautéed spinach and crispy onions for an evening out on the white-plate dance floor. Homemade ice cream du jour ($6) or vanilla-bean crème brûlée ($8) dotted with blackberries and orange memorably punctuate any meal.
An air of romance meanders through Pigalle's stately dining room, weaving past dark leather booths and white-draped tables where diners relax over leisurely meals before embarking on the vicarious emotional adventures of the Theater District just outside.
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