La Bourse et La Vie in the 2nd is in its 13th day and it's so hot you burn your fingers; since I came opening day the big boys and girls at Figaro, Le Fooding and the cursed NYT have arrived but miraculously today, except for our table of three, only French was spoken. The carte is a 5-4-4 one so there's something for everyone. I knew what I wanted day before yesterday and dreamt of it - the veal 3-ways pot-au-feu and that's all. Die after that a happy man.
But the ladies with me a table and in the cuisine had other ideas. So, we three shared the divine foie gras on a huge artichoke heart as well as three oysters gratinee with Normand crème fraiche (disclosure: comp'd by Marie-Aude Mery). With a great Languedoc, we were off to a great start.
The ladies then both had the deep fried quail the likes of which Colonel Sanders has never seen, with a big green salad untraditionally dressed; and I had what I was dreaming of all week - a medium sized piece of tete de veau with a pot au feu containing two other types of veal (a sliced quasi and a 7-hour chunk - both outasight), an onslaught of veggies (of which Colette thought the parcooked carrots cabbage and gorgeous green cabbage leaves were tops) and a sauce that I almost drank out of the copper pot. To say it was spectacular would slight the chef.
Colette had been eyeing the fig tart sitting on the bar counter all the meal and we did not let the opportunity pass - another super-hit for Chef Mery.
Our bill, with no bottled water, a bottle and 2 glasses of wine (one comp'd) and three coffees, was 131.50 E, thus 87.66 E a couple. For the best neo/trad bistro in Paris, that aint bad. We will be coming back, again and again and again! We love Marie's cooking!