47 Rue de Richelieu (1)
A long-established wine bar begun by an English-born owner, now evolved into a small, popular restaurant in the second generation. His daughter, one of two very busy servers, her husband the chef. Popular with tourists and French, it is well-located a few blocks from the Louvre, tight and slightly uncomfortable, boasting plenty of energy, especially on a Saturday night in June. Prices are fair, value high, but for us, it was not unique or in any way distinguished.
Á la carte, langoustines with grilled melon in a spicy chili sauce, dressed with chopped raw almonds as entrée. Grilled tuna and roast lamb as plats, each dressed with herb sprigs, chopped nuts and vegetable nuggets, clearly the cooking style of the chef. Roasted fresh apricots with mascarpone and rhubarb panna cotta with sliced strawberries. Wines from every region by the bottle or glass. Good food, but short of very good.
Two incredibly hard-working servers do it all. They serve the water and wines, slice the bread, explain the menu, consult on the wines, clear and present the check. Helpful, but they could use a third.
For two, with five glasses of wine: 138€.