6.65 Bon Vivant or Bonvivant, 7, rue des Ecoles in the 5th (Metro: Cardinal-Lemoine), 01.43.26.51.34, open 7/7, was launched (sez Figaro) this Spring by the group that brought us Jaja, Glou, Beaucoup and the Grand Coeur, only the latter of which I slobbered over but maybe they're getting better with time.
I went with Franco-English couple I've dragged to a lot of places, some good - most bad, and they were safely seated in this tiny (40 covers spread throughout a L-shaped ex-café) joint. I had no expectations but that was probably good because the food that rolled out was quite good.
Our firsts were both spicy soups, a gazpacho and a crab bisque, and our wait-guy thought my male friend might have thought them too spicy, but we all assured him "unh, unh." Before that they brought us Spanish Olive Oil and great bread to dip it in. We also ordered (well, I did, since there seemed to be a Spanish/South American tilt to the music) a very nice Rioja.
For mains, Madame and I had the 24 hour lamb knuckle that she swooned over (it was that tender, tasty and good) and Monsieur le Professeur had steak tartare and fries that he ate every bit of.
To finish up, the three of us shared a "soup" of strawberries and a huge brioche perdu with caramel sauce.
The bill, with no bottled water but 2 coffees (misbilled as 4) and 2 bottles of wine, was 154 E (misbilled for me at several euros more) - they clearly have a math problem here as well as too few staff in the front spaces for a place that's quite a success and well-known among my countrymen and women.
Go? Absolutely despite the awful music and noise level (66.8 dB), understaffing and overbilling. This place is a keeper. And next time I won't forget my 2 cameras.