When settling on a place our relatively new friends (who live a few blocks from us but we didn't meet until introduced by a classmate I saw at my 50th reunion), Colette and I thought that Ze would probably fit all our bills and needs. We came in 10 minutes early and Cedric Maréchal rushed over with some bubbly - a very nice touch, as always, repeated when our more famous chef/cooking prof entered with her husband.
We flipped open the cartes and immediately seized on the marinated daurade and razor clam/etc. dishes for firsts but snapped back when we heard of the special - a zucchini blossom stuffed with langoustine with squid strips in a spicy sauce; which we all ended up having to our joint delight.
For mains, we had one order of the zucchini/etc. and one each of rabbit, the baby pork special and veal cheeks, each with its own vegetables and sauce that are as always with Chef Ledeuil, impossible to recall each ingredient thereof, but in my mind of a much loftier quality than the one-star Michelin has given him.
For desserts, the ladies had a cappuccino of berries and figs and roasted figs with ice cream; both superb.
Our bill (with the champagne comp'd and inscribed complimentary copies of his new book for Colette & I and Madame the chef - Ze Kitchen Galerie: Produits et recettes creatives de William Ledeuil with stunning photos by Eric Laignel offered), two bottles of wine, fine bread and four coffees, was 233.50 E, ergo 116.75 E per couple.
Go? As we were getting ready to leave, I thanked Cedric again (who except on Mondays, directs KGB down the road) and said "C'etait superb," and he said "Mais?" to which I responded "Pas de mais." Maybe inelegant but heartfelt.