7.6 Alliance, 5, rue de Poissy in the 5th, 01.75.51.57.54, closed weekends, (Metro: Maubert-Mutualite) was a place I kept hearing about but not seeing any reviews or getting any personal tips from trusted friends, held off trying out. But two great friends had blown into town this weekend and the distaff member said "Oh yes, Pudlo says the chef, Toshitaka Omiya, has been everywhere - l’Arpège, le Cinq, l’Agapé Substance and David Toutain - OK, we're on! The ceiling lights are wonderful and the windowed kitchen visible; great care has been taken on everything from the cutlery drawers to the wallpaper. The big "menu" and a la carte are staggeringly priced, but the lunch one is very doable at 34 E for about 10 items.
The dishes were not hurried but gently paced:
- gougeres and a corn wafer with dollops of goodness
- a soup of lemon, grapes and I think cucumber
- thinly sliced navets, fennel, salmon eggs, coriander flowers and terrific foccacia
- merlan with carrots, garlic and cabbage (with great bread)
- faux filet with chive flowers and girolles (not pictured)
- frozen orange rounds (palate cleanser)
- vanilla and diced apples and other fruit
- madeleines and cookies and chocolate mignardises.
The photo above shows how carefully things were chosen; the coffee cup appears to have a ring of ceramic floating around it, which cleverly absorbs the heat of the liquid so ones fingers are not burned.
The bill for us 4, with no bottled water, 2 bottles of wine, 3 coffees and an infusion plus 2 young Calva's, was 216 E; thus 108 E a couple.
Go? Yes, despite the dB level of 84.9 and tables so badly designed that the wait staff must go between, over and around each person to deliver and remove the plates.