5.5 Le Balcon (6th floor of the Philharmonie de Paris), 221 ave Jean Jaures in the 19th, open Tuesday-Saturday and some other times when there are performances (Tramway: Porte de Pantin) 01.40.32.30.01 is a stunningly spectacular space (think Windows on the World) in a building that comes out of the ground like a vision (think Frank Gehry's Louis Vuitton Building). Colette and friend wanted to go hear some Beethoven (not on Mezzo, Mezzo HD or Brava) and inveigled our long-time friend, the sister of a highup Minster of Culture guy, to snare the last 3 tickets in the Hall. After schlepping around forever with my cane, we eventually found the elevator and walked into blinding sun on the 6th floor where the chairs were made up like Papageno's usual outfits in the Magic Flute. The vista is stunning and on a warm day or evening one can go outside to take pictures (some were out there to smoke, alas).
We four took a long look at the carte and all decided that a full meal at 7 PM after big lunches was not in the cards. Our wait-guy was theatrically appalled - how could we not have some of their great charcuterie? - he was persuasive, very persuasive - he should work for the start-up - but he failed to sell that Edsel.
So, Colette ordered todays quiche (salmon which she loves) and the other three of us had the Fish n Chips (I know, I know, never order the same things, especially away from their native habitats.) All were disappointing -.25 points are deducted for having no vinegar for the chips. Ach, who's the chef - research shows it's Karil Lopez who at Le Cristal de Sel fooled me once; I guess I deserved him fooling me twice.
Then dessert time and the ladies let loose - a chocolate craquant with nut ice cream, an aspic of agrumes and (what our wily, great salesman, but subtle waiter insisted on) a macaronade that was truly outstanding.
Any problems John? oh yes, just as we were seated at our table by the window, loud jazz music assaulted us. We asked to have it turned down, our fine waiter fixed the problem. BUT later the same noise came out of the loud speaker.
Our bill, with a bottle and glass of wine, no bottled water, good bread and 2 espressos, was 139.50 or 69.75 E a couple.
Go? For ars, for dessert, for our waiter, for the setting but for the food, nah.