46, Avenue de la Bourdonnais (7)
A new (May, 2017) restaurant in the 7th; handsome, modern, small, spacious. A specialist in charcuterie, but with a broader menu. If our one lunch so far is indicative, this will become a regular stop.
To call this restaurant and integrated pate takeout shop (“boutique”) a charcuterie specialist may shortchange the chef’s specialty. These are pates of such delicacy, beauty, variety and finesse that they elevate the craft. In addition, Michelle’s entrée of shrimp in a tempura-style batter, so light it resembled a single sheet of filo. This was followed by roast cod and a vegetable accompaniment. 28€ for two courses!
I ordered a la carte, large servings each of two recommended pates, one en croute, served with a delicate green salad. With wine, water and coffee, 70€ for two. And according to the menu, much more where that came from.
Two waiters covered the room. At lunch, all well-dressed businessmen, no women. Efficient, but without the finesse of the room or the execution of the menu.
Formula lunch: two courses 28€; three courses 35€. Plus a la carte. At dinner, 62€ with three wines, 80€. Or a la carte.
As promised, we returned on our next trip for dinner. Every seat filled by middle-aged French (from the upper middle class residential neighborhood?)
Marinated salmon served elegantly, with unusual accompaniments. Lobster pate, both top notch. Lotte (monkfish) over lentils, quenelle de brochet. Both impeccable.
Modern, clean space lacks warm touches, but food and genuinely caring service more than compensate. A very carefully thought out and well executed meal at a fair price.
A la carte with 49€ wine, 164€ for 2.