Ms. L. and I had lunch at this new place in the 7th today and were pleased; precise cooking and excellent rapport quality/price...€22 entrée-plat/€30 entrée-plat-dessert. It took over one of our old favorite fish and game places, Leo Le Lion whose owner retired for health reasons and even though it just opened about 2 months ago it was packed with locals. I don't have an aversion to dining with other Americans as long as they are polite, but we were the only ones today for the lunch service, and I am aware that many CHers have expressed a preference for places where English isn't the lingua franca. Those of you who went to Leo Le Lion will be glad to know that Frederique, the waiter of long standing is still there. The new chef worked with Guérard, Loiseau and at the Louis XV in Monaco and seems to know his pots and pans. The menu is fairly traditional; Coeur de ris de veau, joue de boeuf, etc. with a few Basque touches as befits the name...Belhara is a shoal just off St. Jean de Luz which creates the giant waves that attracts the surfers to the area.
All I can say Laidback is that 6 days later it's still good.
But we had different offerings; specials today were sauteed girolles, poule faisane and fabulous sweetbreads plus a huge spread of ham three ways and runny hot chocolate dessert. It's not the Volnay-type food but pretty darn good.