Recently, my companion and I ate at these three restaurants..
Neva Cuisine: We had lunch here with John Talbot and Colette. Over all, the food was some what disappointing. I started with the foie GRAS which was rich and flavorful. The main dish sweetbreads
needed salt and even when it was added was bland. Dessert, Baba au Rhum, was a good example of what it should be, moist and rummy.
Pirouette: We had dinner at this restaurant based on John Talbot's recommendation. It's a new addition to the Les Halle's area and if I may say so, an excellent one. I began with Alouette, a small bird, that was crunchy and heavenly. My main dish was Cou de Cochon ( pork). This was a very tasty interesting dish where the meat was complimented with small potatoes a vegetables. An excellent interpretation of a country dish. My dessert, rice pudding flavored with caramel and crunchy nuts, was very different than the typical version.
Abri: This is another new comer by a Japanese chef with impressive credentials. This hole In the wall restaurant seats 18 people. I had the Menu de Gustation (38 Euros) consisting of 6 courses. Three of them were outstanding, and three were mediocre. The escabeche, a beautifully presented dish of roasted winter squash with nuts herbs and a tiny potato in a light dressing , juxtaposed different favors and textures. The duck breast, cooked rare, was in a delicious red wine sauce. The dessert, a rich marquise of chocolate with a scoop of chocolate sorbet was a chocolate lover's heaven. A Chablis went beautifully with the food.