5.6 Le Petit Keller, 13 bis Rue Keller in the 11th, 01.43.55.90.54, closed Sundays (Metro: You're scuppered mate; maybe Bastille, Voltaire or Charonne) is a place both Paris Update and Le Figaro made sound like if you chose wisely you could have great French food - such as hummus of red beans, duck wings, white asparagus with crabmeat, pork shoulder and strawberry tart - instead upon entering and watching the dishes go by, they looked awfully rice and fish centered. Spoiler Alert: they were. Indeed I'm not going to describe each one because whether made up of veggies, fish or meat, they all looked the same, except for:
- A lovely small plate of confited and sauteed mushrooms,
- Three breaded sardines with a terrific house-made tartare sauce,
- Fish with green veggies,
- A pastry shell filled with wonderful beef tartare wild asparagus and harcots verts, but then came:
Three dishes with meat or fish and shaved stuff on top of rice with various Japanese sauces.
Desserts were quite good and quite French: a mix of rhubarb and other fruits of the season and a crepe with chocolate and baked apple that was 5* quality.
Our bill is unknown to me because my friend from up the hill picked it up (but the small plates are about 5-6 E each and with 2 bottles of wine, my guess is under 190 E for four); I do know the cost of the Uber home in the midst of flooding, manifs and brochants and all in all the afternoon was a bargain.
Go? Yes, but expect a mix of French and Japanese food, not necessarily fusion. (Colette was not blown away)