Louis, 23 rue de la Victoire in the 9th, 01.55.07.86.52, (Metro: ND de Lorette, or multiple buses) is a place I ate at - it seems like yesterday - and Colette and a blogger friend both wanted to go based on my rave review. Chef Stephane Pitre, charming, young and inventive, started us off with a trio of amuses; a mini-brioche with EVOO, a parmesan and white truffle round and a leaf with Japanese sea eggs; and we ordered up some Languedoc-Roussillon which went very nicely with everything throughout the meal. They had as before 2 set menus with 3 plats for 32 and 6 for 48 E - we had one 6 and two 3's, as follows:
Well, let me be a bit lazy and just give brief descriptors of very complex dishes, hardly doing justice to the chef's putting is heart and/or soul on the plate:
- a ravioli of duck with a bouillon spiced up beautifully with ginger (methought)
- a melange of spring vegetables and fruits with verbena greens
- a beet soup plus
- monkfish chunks with the softest/nicest vinegar sauce on the planet
- beef with cucumber and a wasabi dusting
- lamb so tender it melted in your mouth with toasted shallots
- mini-babas with cumin and was it cinnamon (HELP!)
- a lemon tart with thyme ice cream and
- divine mignardises.
Then we settled back to digest with our coffee and the Chef appears and says "a digestif?" What a question. Of course. And it was a spectacular Eau de vie de Prunes offered most generously.
Our bill with 2 bottles of wine, no bottled water and three coffees, was 154 E or 102.66 E a couple. Hoo boy!