Coretta in the 17th is a place I visited in January 2014 and rated slightly above average (5.3/10) summarizing that I hoped Beatriz Gonzales of Neva Cuisine (which I loved) would up the level on this, her outpost, and hoped to hear reports of such. And indeed I did; many, from friends, frenemies and unknown sources. So I entered today with a positive attitude; looking out over the multi-colored trees in the MLK Park but avoiding as did several others, sitting in the blinding sunlight by their stunning windows. The amuse of mackerel, wasabi and radish was a great start.
The carte and menu were as interesting as before and we went in different directions.
We started off with what I thought was a great Languedoc but Colette didn't like (we'll come back to that) and my fellow-blogger, who was having the "menu" at 29.50 E had "green meat" (actually not meat but a green emulsion of vegetables), oysters and blackberries - whoa! this was serious stuff - and I had pumpkin trumpets stuffed with smoked eel, yogurt and toasted aveine (avena sativa = oats) on top - again, a surprisingly complex dish.
For mains: Colette had the fish of the day, at first advertised as cod, then pollack, beautifully cooked with artichokes, brocoletti, granny smith bits and zippy small green peppers; our friend the poitrine de porc (with a perfectly crisped skin), parsnips and tiny perfectly cooked potatoes; and I had the colvert (duck breast and leg) with pear slices covered with mashed red carrots that were flavored with star anise and cinnamon - just terrific and endives and sliced red carrots - all were inventive and healthy folks!
At some point Colette decided we should switch to a Shiraz, which she found more to her liking. For dessert we shared a (huge) brioche with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce, while our friend had the vacherin with raspberries and chips of white chocolate.
Our bill with 2 bottles of wine, no bottled water, fine bread and butter and 3 coffees, was 154.50 or 103 E a couple.
Go? I'm revising my grade up to 6.9 into serious Laidback territory, so yes.