7.1 Vivre, 3, rue de la Michodiere in the 2nd, 01.58.22.89.90, closed Sunday and Monday nights (Metro: Opera) is a restaurant recently opened by Caroline Savoy, daughter of Guy, which has a female chef, one Caroline Thiercelin, who spent time at Pickles in Nantes. It was my birthday (and also Election Day in the US) and since Colette is out of town, she encouraged me to eat with people who would lift my spirits and who better than my yuck-it-up friend and her husband the standup comic. (As we were leaving he pointed out the shop sign across the street that said AUDITION OPERA; get it? Anyway, it has a very well-thought out "look" and an interesting starch-free menu, which is why my female friend concluded it was very women friendly.
We ordered and were told there were only two portions of scallops snackee available because their seafood for the day had not yet arrived (so we knew everything was fresh). Much back and forthing among us ensued but then, we were started off with a rich veloute of Jerusalem artichoke and while waiting for our starters to arrive a guy dressed in waders and a fish-monger's outfit entered with boxes of fresh seafood. Ah this might change our order. And indeed it did so Madame had the boudin noir, made in house of course, and the 2 boys the scallops, All were happy.
For mains, Madame had the newly arrived scallops snackee, the stand-up comedian the pork and I had the fresh sardines on lentils and a carrot puree, wasn't it? All, in retrospect were quite good, but not innovative.
None of us needed more but I, oblivious to the possibility my friends might have tipped the restaurant off it was my birthday, insisted we share a coffee cream cake that was very good, along with which came a scoop of clementine ice cream with a candle. Some lightness was made of the fact there was only one candle but I noted that I was, after all, 80 and 1 years old. This was followed by coffee and madeleines.
Our bill, with a bottle of wine named for me - Enfant Terrible - terrific bread rolls and a carafe of house fizzy water, was 142 E or 94.66 E a couple. The decibel level was a quite acceptable 81.8 dB's.
Go? Hummmm. Maybe for the Talbot wine, from whose Chateau I have not had a sip in quite a few years.