Disclosure: Monday, eating at the Cafe du Coin a couple of blocks away, I met David Rougier, who with his chef friends offered us coups of Champagne and today comp’d us to a bottle of wonderful Beaujolais. Thus this review may tilted toward the positive, but my Parisian codiner friend who had no such introduction thought it was an equally impressive meal.
6.3 The Coup d’Oeil, 80 rue Sedaine in the 11thhas 01.43.57.59.68, closed weekends and Mondays (Metro: Voltaire) has been open about a month and already has a loyal following and astounding food in a designer designed cave a manger with a most amiable host. When I entered and saw all stools, I thought I was in for much worse back pain, but somehow it worked out. It has a menu unique of three dishes for 18€ and they looked absolutely ordinary if not banal, but, but, but.......
The starter was described as oeufs mayo but the mayo was spread out on the plate and the eggs placed on top. Most inventive. Then come hachis parmentier, boring eh? Not so. He gets all his meats from Ah la Vache in Le Perche, where my companion has a Country house, so he’s sure to visit this bio producer. It was coarsely chopped meat (delicious) on which were the mashies, topped with various chives, radishes and other miniveggies. Then for dessert, our host provided an updated chocolate mousse with sweet-sour salt-mustard overtones. Once again, very inventive.
Our bill was distorted by the comp’d bottle of wine, but given the examples on Le Fooding, my guess is that an ordinary couple would pay 75€ or so with coffee.
Go? If looking for something completely different, as Monty Python would say, in a wine bar, yes indeed.