0.0 La Fidelite, 12, rue de la Fidelite in the 10Th (Metro: Gare de l'Est), 01.47.70.85.77, closed Saturday noon and Sunday, was a place a reviewer friend and I visited in 2009 after its 1880 brasserie had been renovated by the Costes Empire - at the time I titled my review "Fidelite in the 10th: Q. Can this place survive?" Well, apparently it didn't under their control and was recently acquired by another hopeful soul who renovated it yet again and it is indeed beautiful, but as is said - "you cannot eat the scenery." I asked the chef couple who had suggested it what they knew of it, "little" except it was recently rehab'd and looked nice. OK.
Our friends has brought their beautifully behaved 3 year old and she started out with spaghetti with ham and parmesan that she surely liked; the adults split between a carpaccio of daurade and globe artichokes with a lovely vinaigrette (the highlight of the meal). From there, things went downhill.
My friend had a entrecote which is pretty had to screw up, Colette had the carpaccio of daurade and the two remaining adults had the unpictured veal liver the piece of which I could not finish it was so null.
For desserts our little friend enjoyed her ice cream cone and the two women didn't complain about their chocolate mousse and raspberry crumble respectively.
Our bill for 5, with two non-alcoholic cocktails (one "The Garden" the other "Gatsby le magnifique"), 1.66 bottles of wine, harmless bread and three coffees, was 277.50 E or 110 E a couple.
Go? In 9 years this place has not improved and with 2 guests other than ourselves in this cavernous brasserie, they've got an uphill climb to attract my business or anyone else's.