6.5 L'Archeste, 79, rue de la Tour in the 16th, 01.40.71.69.68, closed Saturday lunch, Sundays and Mondays, is a place cheffed by another talented two Japanese guys, plus two in the front room who struggle to serve a tiny restaurant of maybe 20 covers with elaborate dishes, failing to keep pace with the timely delivery of dishes, which in the end, aren't that great.
I entered way early and the head waitguy kindly allowed me to sit in the warmth and read my newspapers while awaiting my dining partner. From the time she arrived, though, until they proposed menus, it was 50 minutes, which is bizarre for such a small place. The guy then proposed two menus, one of 3 courses and another of 4: we chose the 3 (the whole table must agree).
They started us off with what everyone seems to be serving this month - haddock in some form or other, in this case a light mousse on a wafer of some sort - not bad! Then we had squid from the Ile d'Yeu with beets and a slice of foie gras that my guest did not take to a lot. For mains we had onglets of very tough veal that weren't terribly tasty either, surrounded by cooked leafy vegetables and peas. The veal cried out fir salt but that didn't fix its toughness.
At this point I said in a low voice in English, since the dB's had exceeded 80.8 in the room "I thought this would be the best meal of the year but it's not at all." A French gentleman next to us leaned over and said "pour moi aussi."
For dessert we had a roast apple that I have no memory of I was so disappointed.
Our bill with their filtered water, a bottle of Saumur Champigny and two coffees, was 115 E. Btw, the bread was very good.
Go again? Not on your life. The cooking may be complex, but it's not outstanding and the taking of orders and delivery of plates was so subpar for a Michelin 1 star we were amazed.