Atelier du Joel Robichon, St-Germain:
Me: gazpacho (not your average tomato soup, topped with tiny purple flowers and extremely intense tiny basil leaves); carpaccio of sea bream with lime and olive oil; l'oeuf (gently poached perfect egg served in classic martini glass under a mushroom foam containing the smallest chanterelles you can imagine, with slices of black truffle at the bottom); tiny lamb chops with signature mashed potatoes (more butter and cream than potato, artery-closing)
She: cured Atlantic salmon with remarkable potato galette and black truffle creme fraiche; spaghetti (you had to see it to believe it, a perfect round tower, with intense sauce of fresh tomato); another signature dish we've had before-- quail stuffed with fois gras, and how they do it is a minor miracle of gastronomy, the skin crisp, the meat perfect, the fois gras not melted.
Our friends had the fois gras main course, in a cherry sauce with fresh cherries stuffed with roasted almonds, as well as red snapper in the most beautiful fish presentation I've ever seen.
Couple bottles: NV Bruno Paillard Blanc de Blancs, and 2002 Jayer-Gilles Echezaux, both drinking very well.
I love the tasting menu here, but we slept in this morning so I only had time for a coffee before we rushed to lunch, so this was really breakfast for us, and I have to say that while I can't do it on a regular basis like my friend wind + art might, I can certainly see the appeal . We'll likely go back for dinner 2 weeks from today.
Have had some really nice meals in places new to me, and will try to post some good recommendations later. Just got back from Sunrise Jazz Club (nice little sax led combo from Boston) and I'm guessing tomorrow won't be an early day either-- will finally be visiting catacombs, something we've talked about for years and with shitty weather, at least we'll be dry down there.