5.0 La Table de Marie-Jeanne, 4, rue Toullier in the 5th, 01.42.49.87.31, closed Sundays and Mondays (Metro: Cluny), is a place whose original stone walls, new colored tiles, huge rotisserie and clever animal decorations causes you to pause at the amount of money spent on them. My friend, the French person I know who is most knowledgeable about all things food, was there way before I was and had ample time to size up the situation - well she said "I hope they put as much money into the food as the décor (which is stunning)." We wrestled with what to have, centering on the cotes de boeuf at 70 E for two. Wait a minute, that's 70 E a kilogram; Whoa! Let's look at it before buying. "Unh unh, that at least 2 kilos, no way I can eat even a quarter" I said. OK, Plan B, the coquelet. "We only have one left, I'm sorry" the waiter said. "So be it. I'll have the sausage."
Her coquelet was moist and properly under-cooked but needed salt; my sausage was way over-cooked and was enhanced by the sauce; and the mushrooms we both got we nice but again needed salt as did the potatoes. For dessert we each had the chocolate cream, which was the hit of the meal.
Our bill, with a bottle of Cotes de Bourg that opened up quite nicely as we ate and one coffee, was 89.50 E.
Go back? For the décor? You're kidding.