Paris report July 14-17 2011: Sola, Le Violon d'Ingres, KGB, Regalade St. Honore
Sola: Dinner in downstairs tatami room. We had the larger of the two prix fixe (no choices), which had two entrees, two plats, two desserts for 60 euros per person. Began with an excellent cold lobster salad with mango and some fresh herbs, followed by a second entree of razor clams with chorizo and a pepper sauce (not as good as the lobster), followed by a small fillet of bar (bass) fish with eggplant and other flavors, followed by steak with some tempura-ed and grilled vegetables. Best were the lobster and the steak. The only dessert I remember had a very good mint sorbet that was basically pure mint flavor. This was our best meal in Paris, though not cheap.
Le Violon d'Ingres. Dinner. Disappointed not to be given a table on the banquette when several were available; perhaps should have complained but I didn't. Excellent lobster salad. Also there was an excellent special entree salad with green beans foie gras and peaches. We then both had the turbot which was the "rotisserie" special--was good not great. Desserts were good not great. The list of wines of the month was well priced and we had a great burgundy (i think it was a 2004) for 40 euros or so.
Regalade St. Honore. Dinner. Good but not quite as good as it was last year. Best dish was the gaspacho w/ crab. Special peach dessert wasn't that good.
KGB. Lunch. The entree tapas (which they call "zors d'oeuvres") were quite good, the plat of pork with purple mustard not as good. Didn't like that we were shunted into an empty side room rather than to tables in the main room where french people were sitting.