Because lobster has appeared on several threads recently, the opening of the first Lobster Roll Bar in Paris may merit a new notation:
OK: I went, I saw, I did not conquer.
The Lobster Roll Bar, 41, rue Coquilliere in the 1st, 08.99.02.45.54 (Metro: Louvre-Rivoli) which opens April 2nd is trying hard; their entrees (4 E each) of 3 kinds of taramas (the crab and urchin are sublime), 2 kinds of rillettes, and fresh anchovies on superb bread are a great send-off and the desserts (today a brownie and spice cake, both with ice cream) perfect, and the 5.5 E glasses of wine wonderful, but ahhh, the lobster roll isn't there yet; even though owner/chef Mathieu Mercier worked hard for a year up and down on the East Coast to perfect it. For this New England Yankee who has summered in Maine for over 70 years, the roll was too sweet, the lobster OK but for 26 E, hummm, the binder/sauce too unfindable and the frites too cold. I wrote a very brief report to a guy who had gone last week and he said "I'm sure he will find the formula that works (out)." I hope so because how long this business model will work is an issue.