6.0 Guilo Guilo, 8 rue Garreau, in the 18th, 01 42 54 23 92 opened a few months ago to admirable reviews. Because of my rigid rule about only eating French food in France, broken only when I'm leaving for a period of exotic cuisine, in this case Romanian such, I didn't get around to eating here until today despite the recommendations of the big boys as well of at least two members and one co-host at the eGullet Society of Culinary Arts and Letters.
Colette and I tried reserving by delegation, telephone and finally had to walk over to this place in the midst of Amélie Poulainland to secure a table, only available at 7 PM, "in the back room," apologetically said the star chef. (As if it were Siberia - Folks, ask for the backroom if you wish to talk to your loved one, ask for the front bar if you wish to watch Eiichi Edakuni at work.)
There are 8 courses in the degustation menu, which from Clotilde's blog's pix, are clearly different each night/week/or whatever. Our amuse bouches consisted of figs in a sauce and jambon cru with a mango puree.
2nd was a panoply of veggies and fruits: a Japanese (cherry) tomato, eggplant, taro and sashimi strips and 3rd shrimp sushi with marinated vegetables. 4th - a soup with a folded over egg block with andouille in a sauce; 5th salmon pieces with a zippy sauce and cucumber.
6th for us were corn fritters/tempura with two sauces - one soy, the other dots of foie gras in another sauce. 7th was a spread of red tuna which one dipped in egg yolk and then a light soy sauce with pickled cabbage and rice with seaweed strips and sesame seeds.
And we thought finally, was a pumpkin puree/jelly with morsels of coffee jelly and an almond jelly block. I was humming "This is the end, Beautiful friend, This is the end, My only friend, the end" but the Doors did not appear.
Indeed, the chef proposed a topper - ennobled with his name (and presumably reputation) of dessert saki, fruit juice(s) and sparkling water - a nice end, but it was not part of the menu so another 17E was added to our bill!
The bill with 4 draft Asahi beers was 127 euros.
Go again? Despite the "show," I think in the 18th I'd choose Enishi.