Although Moutarde passed as a mid-century French bistro in the 2009 film Julie & Julia, the Park Slope restaurant was renovated a year later to create a more modern look. The updated dining room blends original design elements—such as electric wall sconces and marbleized mirrors—with contemporary touches like bright-orange wine pails, and a graffiti-like ceiling mural inspired by French artist Jean Cocteau. In addition to longtime signature dishes, such as escargots in hazelnut-garlic butter, the menu also includes a selection of poêlées: casseroles served in their original cooking vessels. Try the goat cheese—filled salmon pillows with arugula-pesto sauce.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.