7.2 La Machine a Coudes, 35, rue Nationale in Boulogne-Billancourt, 01.47.79.05.05, (Metro: Billancourt), closed Sundays and Mondays, is a place my late great friend Paga told me about and I never got around to trying it. But when Aurelie Chaigneau of the jdd said the new chef, Jean-Baptiste Ascione, a former Top Chef contender was at the piano cooking all French ingredients, farm to table, it was an easy decision to go with my old pal who now lives nearby.
They have a 4 dishes for 32 E or 6 dishes for 48 E and we went for 4 dishes, 3 of them forced, the other fish or meat. The first two dishes were shredded brebis with black and red radishes and haddock which gave the bouillon a kick; and a soft egg surrounded by shitakes and Jerusalem artichoke shavings with another broth; both exceptionally tasty. Then Colette had the free-range chicken that was fantastic and my friend and I had the lieu jaune which need salt to push it into the OK range. Dessert was bits of pound cake, figs two ways, and two ices - also good.
Our bill with a bottle and a half of wine, their filtered water. their bread (I think) and watery coffee, was 104 E a couple.
Go? be forewarned - the noise level is very high. the tables are too close together, but everyone is having a good time. I hope I can talk you out of your propensity to eat "downtown", and go to the toilettes where you'll spot an antique phonograph.