I'm going to divulge one of my all-time favorite restaurants, knowing it won't be spoiled because none of you will go there. The chef is an attorney who decided to follow his passion. So glad he did. He set up his 12 seat shop a block or so from the Belleville Metro on a graffiti covered alley.
Here, 2/3 of his seating capacity plus street view.
The menu changes daily, is short, and iinexpensive, the simple descriptions hiding both product quality and kitchen skill.
Husband started with the oeuf mayo, always available but seldom the same way twice. Pic seems lost.
I went for ris de veau with jumbo asparagus and hazelnuts. While we were bombarded with asparagus this visit, this simple treatment with brown butter was by far the best. The sweetbreads were perfect: crusty, buttery exterior -> custardy interior. Excellent flavor. Divine jus.
Husband's plate = Duroc pork. Perfect cooking, great flavor and texture and, again, great jus. He raved.
My lieu jaune was just cooked through, with shatteringly crisp skin. I almost asked for a side order of additional skin.
Husband couldn't quite believe it when I also ordered the chocolate cake, strawberries and cream next since I usually shun desserts. Good instincts this time.
With 3 glasses of wine, tab was an embarrassing €98. This meal was early on in our visit and I waited for one to surpass it in simple perfection.. None really did. Plus Jean-Marc Sinceux is a sweet and generous host.
My concern is one of mass. I wouldn't mind risking being left out in the cold with only myself to house on short notice. But I would worry about snafus when hauling husband and several family members along. Room for me, easy. Room for 4 or 5, probably harder and costly to say nothing of spillover tress all around.