5.5 La Causerie, 31, rue Vital in the 16th, 01.45.20.33.00, (Buses: 22 and 32) closed weekends, is in what used to be the space occupied by Chez Gerard, where I ate at years ago and then in 2007 when it was on its last legs and rated it average - 5/10. I returned to it in 2007 when two colleagues from the Royal Monceau took over and thought it improved - to 5.4. More recently, they renovated something, redid the carte and reopened under a new name La Causerie. Since I'm always looking for a place near my friend's work, at the OECD, I leapt at the chance to go with her and a colleague when I read Francois-Regis Gaudry's recent report. It seemed pretty much the same as the last time we were here, although the menu is radically different.
For firsts, we spread the table, with lovely looking warm vegetables, lovely looking oeufs mayo and salad and lovely looking warm mackerel, without the classical potatoes and vinegar, but tabouli, which I shouldn't be picky about but I am.
For mains we went with the fish, chicken and veal kidneys, which again, were lovely, well prepared but didn't shoot any stars.
Desserts were the rice pudding, which I'm never wild about and Baba, with decent rum.
Our bill with a bottle and two glasses of wine, no bottled water and three coffees, was 163€ or 108.66€ a couple.
Go? I'm afraid it's not worth the schlep unless you're living in the Godforsaken 16th. DB's were a high 84.7 and there were some pesky Yankees.