2 Rue de Berne (8)
Tel: 01 45 22 18 91
This is a promising and deservedly well regarded restaurant in a far off corner of the 8th. The female chef and pastry chef have strong credentials (Grand Cascade; see 16th), and it shows in the food. The problem is the room. A fairly large space with places for 45 or so. So when it is less than 1/3 full, as it was at a Monday night dinner, any energy is dissipated. And with a staff geared to more demand, the food comes too quickly.
Choices of each of three courses; wonderful, rich gnocchi or marinated tuna with fennel salad; roasted cod or grilled veal rump steak. A sophisticated chocolate dessert (a perfect sphere of chocolate, hot chocolate sauce poured over it which melts a hole in the top, revealing cooked pears and ice cream!)
Not unfriendly, but distracted, part of the missing energy.
44€ for three very good courses. We shared dessert, so 38€ for one dinner. With four glasses of wine, water and coffee 118€.