53, quai des Grands-Augustins (6)
A moderately expensive, moderately elegant, comfortable, modern restaurant on the Quai near Notre Dame. Lovely, formal, without being overbearing. Businessmen in ties are comfortable; so are tourists without them. The kitchen is Guy Savoy 3-star standard for a “second restaurant” (of four), but managing a restaurant is challenging to delegate. Where is the soul?
Professionally managed, creative, carefully executed food, as one would expect from Guy Savoy ownership. The formula lunch menu focuses on seasonal choices, without shortcuts.
Professional service, but without a sense of ownership.
The surprising news is the formula lunch: Two courses for 26€, three courses for 29€, with a glass of wine. A steal.
Dinner a la carte and more expensive.