8.0 Anthocyane, 63, rue Daguerre in the 14th, 01.43.27.86.02, (Metro: Gaite), closed Sundays and Mondays, has clearly got it's eyes on the stars, the Michelin stars that is: voituriers up and down the street, 2 amuses, 4 mignardises, 59 E for 4 plates, 100 E thin glass wine glasses, their unique sauce spoons, etc., but, but, but....
I push the door open at 12h20 and the only wait-guy says "we're not ready yet, not serving." I see a lady's bag on the banquette, "but, my knee, could I just sit until you are ready?" My friends enter exactly at 12h30, we ask for the wine list, order one red and one white - minutes tick by - "we're out of the Medoc" (this is a new restaurant mind you), would you like to hear the "menu?" Guy looks at back of his order book and rattles off 5 maybe 6 items, I hear artichoke and fish and nothing else (is it so hard to print up the daily specials on the supposed 39 E "menu"?) OK so they're not ready for prime time and with two in the kitchen and one in the salle, not prepared for the paltry 10 people who showed up.
At this point, I've reached the world of utter detachment, whatever happens, happens, it's probably all downhill; so go Tao, go with the flow, like a leaf in a river. But the food is dazzling: a parmesan wafer, beet thingy and squid thumb, then divine scallop. Whoa, hang on here guys. It might be worth hanging around. BTW, at this point the only waiter has apologized.
None of us could stand the idea of 4 dishes each, so we ordered 2 apiece; they starting out with the crispy poulpe and I with a "perfect egg" with artichoke puree; then they moving on the rolls of undercooked lamb and me to the poulpe; then JJ to a lemon butter cream and all of us the mignardises. This is good food folks!
Our bill with house-made bread and butter (yes), 2 bottles of wine, no bottled water and one coffee, was 186 E for three, thus 124 E a couple.
Go back? Yes, I'll come with Colette in two months when they've worked their service "kinks" out (like not being willing or able to wrap my uneaten poulpe in saran wrap or aluminum and printing out the "menu").