The meal started out auspiciously - fine rillettes with what I assume was fine bread from nearby Poilane; the room filled rapidly and by 1:30 they were turning tables.
I ordered the chipirons which had a traditional Basque strips of ham/espilette/piperade/almost bisquey sauce which seemed OK at the time, but which I'm still tasting the echoes of 2 hours later; then (from maybe 10 mains possible, none of which appealed) I chose the cod which also was OK, especially the accompanying coquillages in saffron but most unespecially the pasta bits; and finally had an OK coffee with a classic madeleine.
My bill with no bottled water, 2 glasses of wine, the coffee and good service, was 56.50 E.
* So why the 5→4/10? Because, it would have been a 5 but due of the price-quality ratio, got demoted. I mean, yesterday at Le Galopin, two of us had a creative, nifty meal for 86 E.
Go? Despite my prejudice (my meal at Chardenoux #1 on the R.D. three years ago was disappointing too and a food writer friend insists she'll never touch his food again,) I think I came in with an open mind and I simply cannot endorse it. Unfortunately by expanding in this Costes/type manner, he risks becoming as big a joke as they are.