Belle Maison in the 9th is a safe harbor off the Rue des Martyrs' madness and despite its cool temperature, provided a warm welcome.
Colette started off with some splendid scallops and our fried just back from South Africa and I had the raviolis stuffed with crustaceans and salmon. A very auspicious beginning but as Colette pointed out, portions seem to be approaching American standards.
For their main courses, all of which are printed on a separate listing of 2 daily specials and two fish specials, convincing me they stick with what came in today; our friend had a big chunk of veal with veggies and Colette had two large filets of merlan - I being content to poach off their large portions.
For desserts, Colette chose the baba a la williamine, our friend had a chou with pralinated cream and I went with a scrumptious right out of the oven tarte tatin sort of - to me it looked like a tipped over kouing-aman - all were worthy of their roles in finishing out the meal.
Our bill, with fine bread and algae butter, a bottle a glass of wine, no bottled water but three Illy coffees, was 133 E or 88.66 E a couple.