Zebulon in the 1st is a place we only ate at last week but Colette insisted we return to with a very dear old friend whose brother just happens to work in the Palais Royal in the Ministry of Culture, so he could join us and show us around - the Ministry has a lot of original art, not usually accessible and a wonderful view of the Buren courtyard and Bourse de Commerce.
Our friend chose to start with a dashi (Japanese bouillon; the chef is French, from Cameroon, worked in Japan many years) with foie gras, magret de canard and cilantro that gave it a kick; her brother had the entree du jour - aubergine and its caviar plus slices of a terrine de campagne and Colette and I both had their ever-splendid quail with crosne(s) and razor clams which also had a kick.
Then the table split 50/50 between lovely slices of veal filet, artichoke and white asparagus and the pigeon royal with with potato crisps.
For desserts we sort of shared a deconstructed tarte tatin and some pineapple with sorbet.
Our bill with two bottles of wine, no bottled water and 4 coffees, was 256 E or 128 E a couple (lots of supplements to their 45 E "menus").