70dB* Crom'Exquis in the 8th was so crowded and well-reviewed that when I ate there a few weeks ago I immediately made a reservation for when Colette would be here. We started out with the signature cromesquis, today made with foie gras. A fine start especially with the bread.
Colette glomed onto the Jerusalem artichoke soup with foie gras and lemon and I had a dish of mackerel filets with various raddishes. Both were terrific.
For mains, Colette had the cod with a very light creamy sauce with mushrooms and I had a veal milanese which needed a boost of extra lemon and salt along with the tartaresque sauce provided as well as the creamed celery or leeks (looked like celery, tasted like leeks) to rise to the occasion.
To end, Colette had a crumble of apple, pear and raspberry and I had a millefeuille of mango and chantilly; Both fine.
The bill, ah the bill, read 159 E and I automatically signed it not looking at it until I was home and realized they'd charged us for two bottles of Cotes du Rhone.
Now readers from cities like New York or San Francisco probably think $100 per person at lunch for an almost star meal is par for the course but I sure had sticker shock until I realized the error. In any case all will be illuminated when I return to the 8th Tuesday to negotiate a refund.
*the dB ratings are decibel max's recorded on my handy-dandy acoustic sound level meter, an idea Francois Simon pursued for a while.