Alliance in the 5th is one of those places that is consistently good by being surprisingly different each visit. By now the chef, Toshitaka Omiya and his delightful front room staff know us but at this level of the game there's no way he is giving us anything special, except a friendly welcome. That results in everyone in the small place being happy and leaving with a smile.
He started us off with two amuses, one a minibrioche and the other a crisp pastry clam shell with a dollop of anchovy; then a crab and broccoli concoction with a surprising sauce.
The fish course consisted of lieu jaune with haricots verts, intense apricot that perfectly completely complemented the blander fish and almond slivers that didn't add anything to the fish, IMHO. The sauce that accompanied the lieu was light and very flavorful. Then came two pieces of tender as can be spring lamb, wow! (with a wonderful sauce)
Desserts rolled out equally impressively; citrus fruit with mint, a vanilla mousse with shaved black olives (it may sound bizarre, but it was anything but), a chocolate mousse with nuts and perfectly lovely warm from the oven financiers. Did I forget one chocolate at the end?
Anyway, our bill, with three bottles of wine, rec'd by the gracious front room major domo, no bottled water but two coffees, was 219€ for 4 thus 109.50€ a couple for what is called a 3-course menu.