6.8 Histoires, 85, avenue Kleber in the 16th, 01.70.98.16.35, closed weekends, Mondays and Tuesday lunch (Metro: Boissiere) just got Chef Mathieu Pacaud (yes, that family) 2 Michelin stars and his other restaurant, Hexagone, same address, got 1 star: some month he's been having. I entered the same door for both, descended the stairs and was ushered behind an invisible door to the inner sanctum which is laid out like an elegant restaurant with ten alcoves. Sitting at each place is a bowl of straw with a sucked or blown-egg, covered with a dome of many holes, almost each of which will be used for the amuses.
This is too many dishes to do more than describe their chief ingredients:
- a "cocktail" of cucumber water (not pictured)
- many amuse-gueules, some with eggs, snails, etc.,
- a flat scallop covered with navet and sweet onion emulsion
- little langoustine morsels with a ?bar carpaccio
- two photos of the turbot sauvage before and after finishing it, the latter with the best dish of the day - Pampol beans
- two photos of the Bresse chicken before and after finishing it, and offsetting sweet and sour citrus and unnecessary gnocchi
- a pineapple pre-dessert
- a clementine ice, etc
- a chocolate croquant, etc.
Our bill, with a bottle of superb wine my hostess (sounds bad but she did host me) knew, bottled water, many breads and butter as well as 2 coffees was picked up by her and/or her company. But you can do the math: the 4-course "menu" was 190 E each to start you off.
Go? Definitely for your pals with expense accounts, not for our back-packing grand-kids.