8.0 Les Chouettes, 32, rue de Picardie in the 3rd, 01.44.61.73.21 (Metro: Hummm, Republique, Filles de Calvaire, Arts & Metiers?), open 7/7 (in the old Bar & Café Rouge space facing the recently reopened Carreau Du Temple) is in a great 3 storey space and has a most intriguing carte.
Our guest, the daughter of one of our oldest and most cherished friends, now studying theater in the 18th had a crusty outside/luscious inside piece of foie gras, Colette had a carpaccio of bar, something of which she's become something of an expert this fall and declared it the best of all and I had a tube and tentacles of tender squid.
Then our guest had one of the best veal chops I've ever had, with a cheese macaroni and pleurotes and Colette and I both had sublime quail with sauteed foie gras, with a Jerusalem artichoke and grape puree.
Each of us had the Paris-Brest which had a surprise - a tiny chocolate bar imbedded within the choux. Boom!
Our bill with no bottled water but a bottle and glass of wine, fine bread and three terrific coffees, was 166.40 E for 3 or 110.72 E a couple. Despite its many covers and many people it was calm, although my decibel meter registered 86.7 dB. Must have been the 3-storey atrium.
Go? This place now goes to the head of our Sunday list along with Clamato - "Top Top" - not a misstep.