Alliance in the 5th is one of those places whose magical cooking draws you back for reasons you can't put your finger on; it's simple, complex, multilayered and elegant. Neither Colette nor I were seeking a big meal so we ordered one dish each and a light dessert- yah sure.
Our light dishes were a piece of fish from the waters around one of our favorite places - Noirmoutier - and sweetbreads in butter and the dessert a vanilla mousse. But around them were a flurry of vegetables, soups, desserts and chocolates that dazzled the palate.
Our bill for this feast with one bottle of wine, no bottled water, but 2 espressos was 136 E.
And as a treat I'll leave you with this bathroom art: