54 avenue Felix Faure, 01-45-04-57-59 in the 15th
Lovely place, very comfortable chairs, tables fairly close together but not quite elbow to elbow. Has a very French, neighborhood feel. Warm welcome and immediately a small plate with a few slices of fine charcuterie and good olives appeared along with the menus. Next came a lovely amuse of veloute of spring vegetables (tasted like mostly fresh peas) which was tasty but needed salt to really bring out the flavor. The formula is one entrée and one plate chosen off the regular carte for 26E, a real value.
For entrees we had foie gras de canard mi-cuit, smooth and very delicious, served with red fruits jelly, bitter greens and toasted baguette. Flavorful, rich and satisfying. The other entrée was fish tartare (fresh and smoked salmon and haddock) fresh as can be tasting of the sea. Subtle and delicious. Mains were bar en croute (bass) served with creamy mashed potatoes (some very nice fine julienne of veggies inside the crispy filo pastry with the fish) and filet of beef with roasted potatoes and mixed vegetables. Everything was cooked perfectly but slightly under-seasoned.
For dessert we had profiteroles, filled to order with good vanilla ice cream, topped table-side with rich, very hot, chocolate sauce and a generous dollop of good whipped cream. Also a salted caramel moelleux with hazelnut ice cream and tuille. Both desserts were sinful and totally delicious.
The coffee was decent and served with quite passable madelaines and nice little chocolates.
This is a lovely restaurant with good honest food. I wouldn’t cross town for it but if you live in the area or are staying close to the 8 metro line, it’s a fantastic neighborhood spot and a fine value. 2 entrees, plates, and desserts with one glass of wine, one bottle of water and 2 coffees 83.80E
I have outfitted a coin purse that never leaves my handbag. In it: a current French phone card, my Avis card, my Monoprix affinity card, a few personal cards, a couple of French postage stamps, band-aid, rubber band, cough drop, anti-acids :), antihistamine, lip balm, Advil, a 0.20 euro coin for WCs, pepper that I freshly grind and replace before leaving the states, sea salt and a plastic wedge that levels bistro tables. Gets me quietly out of all sorts of jams.
(Not only for us, my husband delights in handing out the wedges to frustrated waiters who are trying to stabilize a table for cranky clients.)