5.1 Au Rendez-vous des Camionneurs, 72, quai des Orfevres in the 1st, 01.43.29.78.81, open 7/7, looked like the ideal place for a calm Sunday lunch, since we don't do brunch, which seems to paralyse Paris restos on weekends. It's right on the quai, bright light shining in on a very cold day and brightly colored inside as well.
While they have weekday formulas at lunch for 24 and 36 E for dinner, a la carte is a bit more and required on weekends, as is normal. They started us off with some slices of beautiful salami, their very good warm bread and butter - we're all set.
To start with, Colette had a scallop shell sealed with dough, within which were 20 pieces of sliced baked St. Jacques on a bed of leeks with a light curry sauce; great idea - ummmm execution. And I had what was called a blanquette of joues of veal prepared as Commissairre Maigret (remember we're on the quai des Orfevres) would like it; lots of teeny-tiny veggie pieces and rice that needed salt and pepper - you;ve got it - great idea - ummmm execution.
For dessert she had a tarte chocolat croustifond and I had an "omelette" norvegienne, really a baked Alaska, both quite nice but not outside the normal, except that Colette thought the latter was "very good."
Go? Well, on my way out I read an article in Le Parisien from 20 Sept that said this place was the brain-child of "Patrice Hardy, à la tete de la Truffe noire à Neuilly-sur-Seine, et avec le chef Helmi Delbal en cuisine," but I think they've got some work to do to execute the very good ideas they have. Let me know what you think.