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Hit it last night. 41 euro menu includes dessert. I have the beet salad which had a fresh, warm, deep-fried filet of fish lying across the top. I think is was mackeral but I don't remember. Wife started with the pumpkin soup which she raved about. I had the wild boar parmentier which was excellent, rich and meaty. She has the durade in a cream endive sauce.

The desserts were a pear sorbet with a meringue and vanilla ice cream, and candied chestnut chunks, vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. Both were generous and better than the same, average bistro desserts one finds everywhere.

I had an excellent Domaine du Collier Ripaille Saumur Rouge 2005 for somewhere around 60 euro that trashed the bill for us. The wine list was of average size, but very well-selected. Their mark up is 2X, but 2X the big French online discounter prices, so that's pretty good.

Table are crowded so the servers push by you as you dine, but that's the style here. I made a reservation the morning of.

I would recommend this place for this price level. The shame is that this type of place and quality should be the norm in Paris, and now one has to get all excited about it.

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