7.1 L'Ecorcheur aka La Boucherie du Vertbois (backstory: remember when this guy Cedric Naudon was going to create a "Young (culinary) Street" on and around the rue de Vertbois in the 3rd a couple of years ago. Well, the rue itself today is pretty sad, except for Pramil, but one of its anchor places is doing very well indeed just up at 31, rue Notre-Dame de Nazareth (and yes, I just ate at the wonderful Elmer on that very street this week)). Telephone 09.84.45.13.41 (and you'd better call and reserve, because they only have 12 seats, unless you want to wait 2 hours), closed Sundays, open for dinner only Fridays and Saturdays (Metro: Temple). They have a wonderful variety of items on the chalkboard but my eyes went to the display case where I honed in on....
The first thing I spied was a nice looking terrine of lapin with nuts (marinated in brandy I was told), which with wonderful bread and house-made butter made a terrific starter. Then I chose a lamb chop but from the filet, cooked to perfection - blue, with semoule which I was not wild about. I finished with a surprisingly good mousse au chocolat. I should mention that the team of three work like a, well, team, with the guy behind the counter doing the butchering (esp the hand-chopping tartars and hamburgers); the other guy in front doing most of the order-taking and delivery and the chefesse in the open kitchen doing most of the cooking. The way they work together seamlessly and charmingly, you'd think they'd have done it for 20 years.
The bill for a couple with a bottle of wine and coffees (served in these beautiful cups) would be about 70-80 E.
Go? Don't dismiss this place as "just a butcher shop", it's got spectacular pieces of meat (indeed I'm having one tonight for dinner), wonderful service and it also looks like Banksy has visited the street. dB's = 52.9