Reports on L'Auberge du 15, please
- mangeur Oct 12, 2011 09:33 AM
The fall menu looks interesting, featuring lots of game and an unusual plate: Abattis de Volaille which includes crétes, rognons, gésiers, foies mijotés aux cepes, jus de volaille au vinaigre. Wow! Also grouse, colvert, perdreau and marcassin. Many plates for two. http://www.laubergedu15.com/
I echo mangeur's request. John Talbott liked it last year: http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/... -- and so have others: http://parisbymouth.com/our-guide-to-... . But comparing the reatuarant's web site and last year's reviews, it looks like the prices have shot up since the opening? -- Jake
Thanks for this DCM. My worry was that at the beginning most of the more interesting main plates were for two, and I couldn't make the choices work for my husband AND me. Are the mains still portioned this way?
And to Jake, remember that JT's comments always refer to lunch unless a very rare exception which he usually notes. So after reading his comments, consider that there may be a completely different format as well as price structure at dinner.
Ms. L. and I also dined there last night. My impressions were, a lovely interior with blond wood highlighting stone and attractive brass lighting fixtures, rather expensive but generous servings of excellent product, nicely prepared. Ms. L is a langoustine afficionado and she could not remember ever having bigger, better prepared ones. My Tuna entrée was somewhere in the neighborhood of superb, served with a longitudinal slice of aubergine and purée of same with dried tomato. My main was a rack of agneau fermier with caramelized onions and good mashed potatoes. We had an interesting dessert called a Serviteur Muet, which was a very generous panoply of raspberries, apple, fraise de bois, physalis, cake and meringue.
I thought the wine list was a little overpriced and ordered a Jurançon sec for €35 which was among their lowest price offerings. Other than the tasting menu, the only main courses not for 2 were the langoustines, pigeon and lamb. Would I go back...absolutely, we have already reserved. Our bill for the above was €143.
Had lunch today, did the tasting, everything was perfect and delightful as usual, and without any sense of surprise or party as usual. The 68e tasting today was:
- chestnut soup,
- turbot, girolles and jus de viande (picture)
- partridge, cabbage and cognac sauce (awesome)
- mascarpone mousse
- chocolate fondant
A bottle of Savigny 2010 (chosen by the littel waitress) and sparkling water put the bill at 220€ for two.
The contrast was Bruno Verjus' table was striking - one of those guys is a cook, the other is a food lover. L'Auberge is still one of my personal favorites in town -- I just wish they had an element of excess and suprising delight, something alla Savoy, instead of that austere, no-nonsense, we cook well and are nice approach.