Les Jalles, only open for a few weeks to universal acclaim, was, in the (academic) year-end summary of great restos of 2012 in Figaroscope, named one of their favorites with a full first page cover pix of Megali Marion & Delphine Alcover, the co-heads, but thankfully all this has not given them swollen heads. Sure it's full, but then, so was/is its older sib the Bistro Volnay.
Since I've been over-gushing over both I was not surprised when Madame Marion greeted me warmly on entering and whispered to me in English that she had just received today, the sort of wine that I like, which to the ears of a cheapskate is sweet music. While we caught up with our cooking guru friend we enjoyed the superb toasts and rillette.
Our friend ordered the hierloom tomatoes and gaspacho which Colette, Ms. Gaspacho, announced was the best of the year and perhaps the decade, and I had a mound of intriguing, slightly smoked eggplant "caviar" with julienned summer veggies stuck in like pick-up-sticks, surrounded by a tomato (I think) "soup."
Then both ladies had a very nice block of cod with summer veggies that were perfectly al dente and I had a magnificent whole fried merlan (whiting) with a Colbert butter sauce that was unfortunately salted twice (which Madame Marion apologized for). It was still plenty good and plus.
Then I, who was having the 42 E "menu," got the giant Baba which was much better than average, shared it with the ladies and we all enjoyed the various mignardises.