NOTE: There are three restaurants sharing this brand name. This review is for the Blvd. Montparnasse location.
For the first night in Paris, tired and jet-lagged, we weren't looking for much, but found from John Talbot's blog, a surprisingly satisfying meal in this smart, nicely furnished modern bistro. The menu items were mostly familiar dishes, but done with a light hand. We started with cold, gravlax style salmon, a small butterflied filet rather than thin slices, which was flawless. The four delicate ravioli, with a hint of foie gras inside, and just a spoonful of light cream and a few cepes was spot on. It was a cold and rainy night, so we went for substantial entrees. The confit duck was uncommonly tender and flavorful, with pureed potatoes to help capture all the jus, and the special of the day -home-made sausage with pistachios - arrived as four silver dollar sized slices of artisanal charcuterie, with carrot puree as a side. Desserts were good, the tarte tatin better than a plate of mixed pear and apple pieces with a gingerbread cookie. Service was good, and the wine list modest but diverse and fairly priced. We rarely confine ourselves to ordering the menu unless it happens to have exactly the dishes we want, but in this case all three courses could be done as a menu for 27 Euros; two courses would be 22 Euros, quite a value in this high-priced town. If the other two locations share this formula and successful execution, bravo.
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