Had dinner last saturday night at Maison Courtine, 157 Avenue Maine, in the 14th. Had not been there since 2004 so decided to return and see how things are going. This restaurant used to have star but lost it a few years ago and has had a management change since.
This turned out to be one of the favorites of the trip. We ordered conservatively, was the end of a 2 week pig out so were looking for simple stuff. I had foie gras, mi cuit, which came with chutney of apricots and brioche, wife had girolles poelee and we both had beef filets with a very tasty wine-shallot sauce for mains. For dessert i had a mille feuille of fraise, wife had sorbets.
So you see, nothing pushing the envelope, but everything was perfectly executed. This one reminds me of violin d'ingres, very professionally run, excellent service, etc. Although, a lot of stuff coming out of the kichen looked a lot more inventive than what we ordered.
Total price, 2 champagnes (22e total) a 1 cru 2005 Volnay, 47e, and 2 menus, 35e each with a 5e supplement for the girolles, some coffee and water and it came to 163e for two. They had plenty of much cheaper wines, I just like Volany, and this price, converted to $ is about what they go for at retail in the US.
Some others please go and see for yourself, think you will absolutely not be disappointed. To me this one has a very high quality to price ratio.
tel: 02 45 43 08 04