7.3 Chez La Vieille, 1, Rue Bailleul in the 1st, no reservations, open 12-12 except Sunday's and Monday's is the latest of Daniel Rose's inspirations, following Spring in the 9th, Spring in the 1st, La Vie et La Bourse, Le Coucou in NY and diversions into lobster rolls and coucou des Rennes.
Ok three digressions:
Todays photos are not mine but courtesy of my co-diner, Stephanie Fray.
Disclosure, I've known Daniel since his first venture and consider him a friend thus anything I say can quite rightly be challenged.
I ate on opening day and as we all know, things change.
In any case, Daniel started four of us, all food nuts, two in the biz, with glasses of a Loire, a hefty red and light red and starters of his take on her (the Dame's) terrine de canard with his own pickles and horseradish and onions, rillettes of sardines with algae butter, yes, he's been serving and surprising us with this for years, and traditional herring with potatoes (but never better).
Then we shared, as we had the firsts, his Basque bouillon with potatoes and lots of other things that those of you who dropped by his boutique across the street recall so well, his updating of her blanquette de veau and what was called a "Demi coquelet a la diable" - a joke, because it was chicken from heaven with mushrooms from outside its gates.
Desserts were a far with prunes and a poached pear.
Ok, the bill, the truth - how about 136.50 E with bottled water, 3 coffees and a tea for 4, thus 68.25 E a couple?
Go? If you love(d) any of Rose's prior ventures, you'll love this, if not, I feel sorry for you.