3.0 The Restaurant Paul, 15, Place Dauphine in the 1st, 01.43.54.21.48, closed Sundays (Metro: Pont Neuf) has probably been around as long as there were cops and robbers, but the Place Dauphine and the Palace of Justice have been sand-blasted and spiffed up after years of work so thought I'd take a sample of the food the folks in the correctional system here eat.
The menu is traditional, boy is it, and pricey. The two folks I dragged here had the eggs mimosa (not bad but runny in a watery way) and salmon tartare (not outstanding). I figured the gambas (hot) with avocado (cold) would work - it/they did not, kind of flavorless.
Then they had respectively - the bar and tete de veau - which again were OK but nothing special and I figured a sucker for the "traditionnelle blanquettte de veau [sic]", also no great shakes.
To finish, they had the chocolate ball and cafe gourmand and I the Ile Flottante in honor of Colette - at this point the food blogger/expert turned to me and asked "anything you liked, John?" having picked up my lack of enthusiasm and body language. "Ah, yah, T's nut ice cream and baba was good and the wine and oh, yes the eggs were OK."
Our bill, with two bottles of decent Bordeaux, no bottled water, oh-so bread and another coffee, was 197.90 E; thus 131.93 per couple.
Go back? Not unless I'm arrested and even then I'd scope the other 5 places in the square that look like they've been spiffed up.