3.0 La Pulperia, 11, rue Richard Lenoir in the 11th, 01.40.09.03.70, closed some lunches and Sunday, is beloved by everyone - Bruno Verjus, of Omnivore and France Culture and of course his respected blog "Food Intelligence", who TMK, "found" it, Jerome Berger of ANP and Aurelie Chaigneau of the JDD, who awarded it an unprecedented 8.5/10. So on the anniversary of the failure of the Argentinian banking system, according to today's Figaro, we decided to celebrate by going to a French restaurant chef'd by an Argentinian guy who had passed through the great kitchens of the Ritz, Crillon and Jardin Royal de Monceau.
Now across the street is the oddly named Bar O'Bistrorologue, hummm, is that a good or bad omen? Avanti. For lunch they have a most appealing-sounding and reasonably-priced "menu" of two items for 15 E and three for 18 E
and with three chefs in the open kitchen we were guaranteed brisk serving of dishes - not! They appeared in a leisurely if not languid, fashion which helped push the rating from an ordinary 5.0 down to a 3.0. So, how did I arrive at that.
6.0 Welcome and seating and warmth.
Our bill, with a bottle of wine, a bit more to get us through the endless waiting, no bottled water and so-so bread, was 117 E, 78 E a couple.
Go? To Argentina?, sure; through food bankruptcy in Argentina?, no need. I have only myself to blame though - I broke Talbott's Rule 5bis, never eat ethnic food in France unless the chef is Japanese or American.