2.0 L'Etoile du Nord, 8, rue de Dunkerque in the 10th (inside the Gare du Nord), 01.40.36.54.36, open 7/7 (Metro: Gare du Nord) has been open 2 months to a lot of PR buzz but scarce serious reviewing. A couple of weeks ago a more serious food writer suggested we go because she was curious given the fact that she doesn't think Thierry Marx knows how to cook. She later had a "must-make" business conflict so I induced Colette to try it. Despite the Gare du Nord's interior ugliness, the glass enclosed two-story restaurant/brasserie is quite nice.
I started off with the leeks (on the 25 E 3-course "menu") which were way undercooked and tough and not helped by chunks and sauce of oranges.
Then after a very long long wait we got our mains: Colette had a duck filet in a casserole that she deemed quite good, but my fish n' chips was in such a tidy square it could not have been prepared today. In addition the chips were stone cold and thus gelatinous and yucky.
In addition to the long waits, when the staff spilled a few drops of wine they did not clean it up and after our main course the crumbs were not removed from the glass table. Also, the music was loud disco stuff and there was no sharp knife for the duck.
Another long wait ensued - we alerted the waiter and instead of bringing the dessert, he brought the bill! Finally the dessert arrived; it was supposed to be an ile flottant, but I've never seen a square island; it too was not up to par.
When the check arrived, it was for 3 palerons of beef..........
Our bill, when it finally arrived...., with no bottled water nor coffees, but a bottle of wine, was 76 E.
Unfortunately for us. our friend's warning was accurate.
Go? Not even if this were the only restaurant to open in 2017.