7.1→6.1 Basilic, 2, rue Casimir Perier in the 7th, 01.44.18.94.64, open 7/7 (Metro: Solferino) is a place I went to years ago because Adam Gopnik had written about going for lamb with his son and I had a pleasant but not incredible meal. Recently I read about some change in ownership, chef, dishwasher, I forget, that prompted me to return. It looked absolutely the same - hustle-bustle, lively, full, upbeat and welcoming. I felt at home, picked up the menu and ordered -
"I'll have the foie gras to start and then an entrée portion of fried calamari." "We're out of calamari" "OK"
"I'll have the foie gras to start and then the veal Milanese." "We're out of veal." Hummmmm
"I'll have the foie gras to start and then the tartare of tuna." Yesssss.
The foie gras was nice, and nicely offset by a roasted pear and strips of tangy apple. The crowd was warming up and I looked around at all these Ministerial types, Whoa, they let guys with red pants in here. Shocking. Then I had the tuna, which was also quite nice although the roll I wished to spread it on was dead, defunct, gone.
My bill, that's with two starters and some wine and no bottled water or coffee, if had by two would wind up about 100 E a couple.
Go back? As I was calculating the rating I would give, I looked to my side and there was a big rip in the banquette. To me, that's a sign of dying, so whatever is new in this place better get its act together or it'll be a long time before I return.