This restaurant is closing for good on 17 August. There have been a number of excellent reports from people I respect highly, so I figured I must try it before I return to the US since it won't be here when I return in September.
I guess it's one of those love it or hate it places. I hated it.
1. Far and away the noisiest restaurant I've ever been to in France. We were yelling at each other across the table and still couldn't make each other understood. I was brought the wrong main dish, no doubt because the server hadn't been able to hear what I ordered and assumed that as an American, I didn't want sweetbreads.
2. Were there any non-native anglophones in the building? Not that I could see/hear.
3. Food was international in style and ingredients in some cases weren't the best. In fact, the sables we were served at the end were made with rancid nuts.
4. A heavy meal. No, a VERY heavy meal.
5. Another boring, militant natural wine list. (Actually, the wines we had were pretty good, but there is a certain monolithic aspect to these wines and it would have been nice to have been offered the variety of some other choices, notwithstanding the extensive length of the list.) Cf. the comments of Kermit Lynch, who was the first real backer of natural wines, on natural wines on Paris restaurant lists in his latest newsletter: http://kermitlynch.com/newsletters/15....
6. Re 1-3 or 1-4 above -- this unpleasant experience could have been in Brooklyn, London, or many other cities throughout the world. Absolutely nothing French about it.