Anthrocyane in the 14th: This was my second meal in as many months and perhaps I had hyped it up more than I should have; but, but, but I compounded it by being 20 minutes late. Our two friends, both in the business, had arrived before us and seemed to be having a great old time without our company. The decor remains stunning, the kitchen separated by a piece of soundproof glass pulling you into the work area, and the menu (39 E for 3 dishes, a glass of wine, bottled water and coffee), terribly reasonable.
The amuses-bouches were a trio of unidentifiable (the wait-guy's accent was a puzzle to us all) but tasty Asiatic/worldfood items (we caught the guacamole and Japanese wafer but missed the rest) and a small cold jellied beet soup-puree. The bread was impressive and came from just West of us. Then three of us had the "menu's" crispy octopus, with beet leaves, capers and confited red onions on a basil sauce.
Then we went our separate ways; with fine chunks of turbot and veggies; scallops with Jerusalem artichokes and citrusy sauce; and a quaisi de veal, cooked perfectly for me (but undercooked for one friend) with incredibly tasty mushrooms and sauce.
All four of finished up with the chocolate soufflé which again I groaned over alone.
Our bill, with the equivalent of two bottles of wine, one of bottled water, mignardises and 4 coffees, was 208 E for four or 104 E per couple.
As we exited, our two friends, involved with two different food enterprises - turned to each other and said "how would you rate it?"; I saw them begin their discussion and chose not to listen. For me, it was pretty near the top. For them, the oral substitutions, poor pronunciation of items, inability to deliver one veal rosé and the other blue and delays between courses were enough to rule out a repeat visit. Tant pis!
Extra points? Anthocyane does not imply coal or cyanide but according to food.info are ingredients found in "berries, such as blackberries, grapes, blueberries etc, and some vegetables, such as egg-plants (aubergine) and avocado. Other sources include oranges, elderberry, olives, red onion, fig, sweet potato, mango and purple corn."