So, let's get the rating/grade out of the way, that should be easy, right?, well not so:
9.0 Welcome (switching to English immediately after hearing our accents)
9.0 Setting, newness with old posters
8.0 Seating comfort
6.0 Clientele all French
1.0 Food, ahhh, read on
1.0 L'Auberge du Sanglier Bleu, 102 Blvd de Clichy in the 18th, 01.42.51.40.53, open 7/7 12-12 (Metro: Clichy or Blanche) was a place I read about somewhere that had been refurbished and was open Sundays - Yah Sundays, so I went with my old pal in the Food Biz. The moment she entered and spoke the amiable guy answered in English - that's OK - everyone else was French, not locals I think but visitors staying near the Place de Clichy.
After perusing the carte here's how it went:
- she ordered haricots verts with sliced raw mushrooms (very good by me) with a dressing she said was "out of a bottle"
- she had linguine with seafood (really clams) which pasta she barely touched (me I avoid pasta unless at home or in Italy)
- I had 3 planch'd shrimp that I swear were not thawed, with avocado and startling slices of citruses that I loved and
- then we barely shared a platter of cheese which was not a bad selection for a place of this sort. (They were good enough I took the remainder home for dinner.)
Our bill with a bottle of home-grown sparkling water, warmed bread and good butter and two coffees, was 83.30 E.
Go? Despite all the positives and what my friend Randy de Paris calls "the total experience: the food is not worth a trip, even from the Mercure around the corner.