Ze Kitchen Galerie, 14, almost 15 years after it opened (which was 6-7 years after William Ledeuil started at Les Bouquinistes) has been a steady point on our monthly eating schedule for all that time and never disappoints. I was dreadfully late due to downtown being screwed up on the surface and the rest of our table of 5 had already assembled and dipped into the wine to my relief. The carte as usual was full of tempting choices and they adding in the 3 specials overwhelmed us with possibilities; first off though came a delightful cup (offered) of squash soup with crisped parmesan.
The table split between the cold shellfish, crab, green mango and kalamensi sauce and warm obsiblue shrimp, mushrooms, white coco beans and Thai bouillon; both spicy and thoroughly tongue-pleasing.
Describing the mains as pollack, whiting, veal and duck hardly does credit to them due to the assortment of vegetables, including kimchi, ginger and Asian condiments, spices and herbs. A very exciting array on all dishes.
For dessert we all shared the white chocolate ice cream with banana, passion fruit, pineapple and wasabi as well as aged peccorino; and then I assumed we were done but the chef sent out an extra dessert of coconut and caramelized something (picture kindly supplied by our friend from the South) - all desserts offered and superb.
With 2 bottles and a glass of wine and 3 coffees, our bill was 292 E, thus 116.80 E a couple.