6.5 NANA, 10 rue Breget in the 11th, 01.43.38.27.19, closed Sundays, Saturday lunch and Wednesday dinner (Metro: Breguet-Sabin), has been open since September 2015 but I'd heard nothing of it until a food writer pal told me to check it out. I entered and was struck by the 26 seats jammed into a table d'hote, tables and counters with only one hostess, one chef, one plongeur and a guy who had an apron and seemed to largely work the jam-packed room. When I entered just before my reservation time at 12:45 it was empty; 30 minutes later there was no space and the seats were largely taken by very attractive young women in their 20's who reminded me in their talking, clothing and style of my eldest grandchild now interning with the US Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, the center of the political world right now.
The menu is a simple 2-2-2 one with ingredients of the moment and from their gluten-free, bio, natural breakfast menu it was clear that this is a good-for-you, take it or leave it place, superbly suited to today's youth.
I started with a soup of two mushrooms, one lighter in color pureed on top of the other; a concept clever in the structure, but hard to pull off. Then I had a boudin noir (the other choice was haddock, of which I've had enough this year) along with an impressive array of wonderfully par-braised root vegetables. I ended with an orange pound cake and agrume ice cream that was top of the mark.
My bill, with these 3 dishes, their bottled water, a half bottle of Malbec and an espresso comes to 39.40 E. dB level reached 83.6 but was not unpleasant at all. Oh and a quick mention of the really cool plates, nice bread and excellent and attentive service, even when the place was completely full (the head, whom I suspect is the food writer described in reviews asked where I was from in the most perfect of my mother tongue and who referred me, which I acknowledged and she noted).
Go? Yes, it reminds me of the early days of Frenchie, with its farm to table, edgy, not always successfully prepared but enthusiastically presented, very reasonably priced food.