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Invictus in the 6th: Life is Short, Eat Dessert First....or Maybe Only Dessert.

By Johntalbott

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5.4 (He 6, me 4.8, everything will be iluminated) Invictus, 5, rue Saint-Breuve (not a Saint/Sainte at all, just named after another critic) in the 6th, 01.45.49. 07.22, closed Saturday lunch, Sundays and Monday lunch was a place that's gotten a lot of press, albeit not totally exuberant; I was dying to go (1) Because of the name - I loved the movie - but it turns out it's named after the poem by the unknown (to me) William Ernest Henley that the movie was named after, because (2) Chef Christophe Chabanel spent 6 years in South Africa after he left the wildly successful and greatly good (3) La Dinee located at the end of the #8 line (Balard) which our gang frequented.  The menu here is a pretty simple - 3/3/3 but nothing called to me - first bad sign.

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 My pal from the depths of Cambridge (MAA as the car boys would say) ordered the egg au gratin with cauliflower that was pretty good; but my terrine of duck was underpar.

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Then he had the very dull merlu a la vapeur with a ton of nice looking veggies but an intense tomato sauce; while I suffered through the palid palette of pork with lentilles and an OK sauce (no could finish Papa).

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But my friend, 24 hours off the plane from snowland, looked raring to go, so he had the so-called fromage blanc with mirabelle halves and I had the vanilla creme brulee which was really super, redeeming an otherwise lost meal.

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The bill was quite reasonable despite the wasted calories; with a bottle of nice Fronsac, pleasant-enough rolls, no bottled water and two coffees = 87 E.

Go?  Boy, we must have gone to La Dinee 8-10 times and I so wanted to return to those days of yesteryear, but..........  Oh the rating.  Well, at the end of the meal I asked him his number having settled on about 5 (average) for me and he said 6-7, but on the way home to our respective flats we both revised them down - he to a flat 6, me to 4.8 so it wound up as 5.4.

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