5.5 Le Saotico, 96 rue Richelieu in the 2nd (Metro: Richelieu-Drouot), 01.42.96.03.20, currently open only weekdays 8 AM - 8 PM, has been open Madame Surcouf informed me for only three weeks and Alexander Lobrano has already written it up on his "Hungry for Paris" Diner's Journal. In the article/review, he notes that Madame and M. used to run Le Reminet on the Left Bank, one of his and my favorite places.
That resto had maybe 30 covers and this two-story place has about double that number, in very commodious space. We were supposed to be five and for that we needed to be able to communicate. Even with the four that showed up, I'm glad we were on the second floor.
We chose to order off the ardoise rather than the carte or "menu." Three of us had the Greek mushrooms topped with Spanish jamon which was very tasty and the other of us had the foie gras which with a glass of sweet Alsatian wine (I think I got that right) was terrific.
Then two of us had the confit de canard with garlicky potatoes (which were not crisp enough for me) and the two others had the salmon which was also quite good.
We divided up the special desserts: I had the figs in honey with coffee ice (above), one of my companions had a chocoate fondant and the third had a gratin of strawberries with zamblione; it's a toss-up which was better, they all were so good.
With 5 coffees, a bottle and extra glass of Bordeaux and no bottled water our bill was 141 Euros, thus 70 E a couple.
Go? I'd say so.
Metro: Bourse or Richelieu-Drouot