Botanique Restaurant in the 11th is a place I not only visited in January but indicated I wanted to go back to but somehow didn't get around to until our good friends from over the Mont suggested it. When I entered and installed myself, one of the wait-guys asked if I was French, flattered I said "No, American;" "Ah," he said "I'm Canadian" and after we'd established our Upper and Lower Canada familial ties and Colette had ascertained he was here originally to perfect his wine knowledge, we got down to business.
At about this point, as I ordered the wine, another wait-guy indicated he'd remembered me from last time and where I'd sat and what wine I'd ordered - what an incredible memory! Anyway, the chef one, Sugio Yamaguchi, set us up with an amuse of gougères with a cream of camembert - simply divine.
So anyway, we ordered and ate and shared three starters: a bulot salad, an eggplant salad and a fricassee of mushrooms; all were good but the mushrooms were the first among first.
Then we plunged into the entrecote, 7-hour lamb, raie and dos de cerf with cabbage stuffed with tete de veau and a pepper sauce; as good as the other three dishes were, the venison was worth the extra charge (10 E more than the other mains)
If it's possible to pile superlatives on superlatives I do believe the four desserts topped off the whole meal beautifully; with a fine tart of chocolate, citrus jelly with verbena, riz au lait and fresh figs on top of a panna cotta - there were really Wow! items.
Our bill, with a bottle of Badoit, 1.5 bottles of wine and three coffees, not to mention superb bread, was 304 E for 4 or 152 E a couple. (But remember, this was a Saturday and the "menu" prices are off; in comparison, during the week, my last bill was under 100 E for 2).