3-7/10 Pages, 4, rue Auguste Vacquerie in the 16th (Metro: CdeG-Etoile) 01.47.20.74.94, closed Sundays and Mondays - well,....
- I read of Pages opening and was socked back by the prices but then
- Someone said "John, they have a 40 E menu at lunch"
- Then one of my best friends in NYC, even though he's a big-time lawyer for a BIG firm, called and said "this place is fabulous and the lady in charge wants to know why you've never come, she reads your blog
- And another friend said "it's on my list, let's go."
So the nice Japanese lady (who was the conduit to my NYC big-time lawyer pal) comes over and asks - "Do you want me to explain in French or English?" Ans. French
"Would you like the wagyu beef at a supplement of "X E"? Ans. No
And the dishes appear-
- a very nice ceviche, really quite nice
- a tartare of veal from Uncle Donald's Farm (or someplace else) with "garden" vegetables from Uncle Dodier's Farm (or some other one)
- a lovely piece of cod/cabillaud with a crispy rice crust
- terrific pieces of tender pork cooked on charcoal from Uncle Dodo's factory in Japan
- white chocolate over a blackberry
All this is quite over-blownly explained but quite, quite good.
So what's the problem John?
1 - The place is full of white French males in suits & ties talking in loud voices about business, well, OK
2 - There are no blinds on the windows so my dining partners are each blinded for 1/2 the meal
3 - There is no carpet, no wall coverings, no sound dampening and thundering music (which I asked to turn down from the 80's to 77.1 dB, a real assertive move for me)
4 - They hide the wine so we must ask to have it on the table, and
5 - There is an air of "noblisse oblige" around the whole meal.
Our bill?; well, I'd figured for 2 @ 40 E with a cheapo bottle of wine and a coffee a couple could get out with their skin; but no, it turned out that my generous host and I used up his family fortune on wine and cognac, I won't even tell you how much, but.....
Go back? Not until my IBM stock goes sky high. Dad always said "Never sell the IBM".