Les Enfants Rouges in the 3rd has been a favorite of ours since it was taken over Tomoko and Dai Shinozuka, he the long-time ex of Camdeborde's, not that we didn't adore Dany Bertin-Denis' version of a wine bistrot plus. Today our center table had an extra feature, a vegetable centerpiece that could have come straight from Giuseppe Arcimboldo. The menu, printed up each day (take a lesson Louis) had many old delights but a few new ones.
But first a little BoBo - in the form of 3 slices of tete de veau with several new, marinated veggies and greens plus some black olives puffs - Thanks Chef! And with them a Syrah, well-beloved by the table.
For firsts, (Colette was missing in action), my colleague from the deepest 19th had the thick carpaccio of bar on veggies, her husband - the asparagus with black olives, parmesan and veggie garniture and I had wild baby asparagus with a fricassee of veal kidneys and soft-boiled egg - sounds simple, eh? well, it's not!
Now in a way, our mains all resemble each other, because the Chef has the Japanese sensitivity to layering and using lots of vegetables and greens: but they were all quite different: Madame's "apple" of foie de veau, her husband's echine de porc and my pigeon (of which 1/2 came home it was so generous). All superb.
They "offered" us a pre-dessert- 2 "first black cherries (Burla) of the year" with a mousse of almond milk; then we had the real desserts - strawberries, apricots with tapioca and a made-at-the-last-minute baba au rhum. Scrumptious.
Our bill, with fine bread, 3 coffees, 2 bottles of wine (and 27 E in supplements) was 142.66 E a couple.
On my way to the Metro I passed street art in progress.