6.5 Aux Plumes, 45 rue Boulard in the 14th, 01.53.90.76.22, closed Sundays and Mondays (Metro: Mouton-Duvernet), opened to pretty good reviews and Figaro said its formula was "etonnante" - as I was heading home afterwards trying to think of a title I thought "Nice at an astonishing price," I swear to Buddha. It has a format at lunch I've never seen before - it's clear on the printed sheet and carefully explained by our waitguy - but my dining partner had to repeat it in English because I clearly was out of it. 3 starters to share; 1 main to choose from; 3 (one cutely phrased "a faux-filet from our neighbor" (needless to say, Paris' best butcher, Hugo Desnoyer); and a cocotte of veggies to share. Much sharing here.
First we got the 3 entrees; a bouillon with sliced mushrooms (I thought it was blah; she liked it); a soft egg with sauce (I loved it; she said "ah"); then weird crepes with diced lamb (I can't recall what she said more but she only ate 1/2, which I did as well). So 1.5/1.5 if you're counting. Then she had the "thon blanc" which I misheard as a thunder fish and argued that tuna is only white in a can (I lost that argument); and I had the chicken leg (NB: which was really, really good - who whouldha thought?); then the cocotte of veggies, which since Colette is not monitoring my green Healthy food intake, I indulged myself with 1/12th of.
When I got the wine list, I opened it to find this blinding array of symbols, akin to those my wonderful friend the RFC invented at Gault/Millau in the 90's which I hated - these rating a wine taste of venison (huh, that symbol is a dog, I just got back from Cambodia where dog is, well, forget it, to cinnamon, really, guys, get a grip) and I ordered the Talmar (second cheapest) and it was quite lovely.
OK the bill, as commanded by Mangeur in an earlier incarnation - 77 E, that's right 77 Euros for two, thus 38,50 E pp. With two coffees and two incredibly good types of bread from the bakery just "en face." Back packer Alert!!!!