Mensae in the (way to hell and gone) 19th is "the place" to be today; sleek, spare and spacious; reminding us both of Eric Frechon's old haunt only a few blocks away. The regular carte had several specials added; all of them sounding pretty standard but were hardly standard in their execution.
- we shared the starter for two which consisted of 4 frogs' legs sauteed in butter and garlic with not a hint of bite
- Colette's lieu jaune was perfectly sourced, perfectly cooked and perfectly sauced with a mousse of mustard seeds, horseradish and parsley
- my "crispy" (in English) poitrine of porc was so crispy it required a heavy hand on the knife, and
- our shared dessert of a poached pear with caramel beurre-sale was as good if not better than I had a couple of weeks ago.
Our bill, with a bottle of Chinon, no bottled water but 2 coffees, was 102 E. Colette wants me to note that the music in he first room (where one enters) was intrusive; we sat in the next room and were comfortable, but noted that one couple moved away from the window, we think because of the cold emanating from the glass.
Go? Oh boy, Yes, New Year's eve is only 70E which is a bargain if you can get in.