(3 Rue Chapon, 75003) Our last meal in Paris and the sadness about leaving was compounded by the sad experience here. We arrived for our 8:30 reservation and there was one lone diner in the restaurant. She finished her meal and left before our entrees arrived and then we were the only people in the place for our entire meal.
The food was fine and a few things quite good but the totally empty restaurant really detracted from everything. We started with croquettes of wild escargot, which were crunchy on the outside, inside a garlicky béchamel surrounded a juicy escargot on lightly dressed greens and a nice little crab tart. Plats were beef cheeks and a huge piece of cod with lobster cream sauce. The fish was perfectly cooked but the lobster sauce was lackluster so the dish was a bit flat and needed something acidic to brighten it up. The beef cheeks dish was excellent. We shared a dessert of chocolate moelleux which was slightly over cooked, which was served with mango sorbet.
I really wanted to like this place and if it had been filled with people having a good time I might have liked it a lot, but even if the food were exceptional, which it was not, it’s just not enjoyable to eat dinner in an empty restaurant. I’m not sure how this place can survive but I hope it does. With 2 glasses of wine and a bottle of water the bill was 110E.