On Tuesday night a friend and I enjoyed an excellent gourmet dinner at Alliance, a Michelin one-star restaurant in the 5ème featuring a respected Japanese chef, Toshitaka Omiya. The dining room is intimate, with only six or eight tables. It’s beautifully decorated in a subdued modern style. It was lucky that I had reserved because it was full by 8 pm.
We chose the eight-dish Alliance tasting menu. Each dish was tiny but by the end of the (three-hour) evening we were happily stuffed.
Overall, I found it a very satisfactory experience, and at 110 euros each a fair value. The service was unobtrusive except just when we arrived, when it almost verged on obsequiousness. The space was lovely and intimate. The food was on the whole excellent, although another time I would ask not to have the foie gras de canard, even though it’s their signature dish, just because I personally find it too rich. The pre-appetizers and post-dessert dessert lay it on a bit thick, but this is just an observation, not really a complaint. We didn’t have wine but I note on their website that bottles are available for only 18 euros, which is surprisingly reasonable. I might still give a slight edge to Frenchie, but reservations are very hard to get there while you can reserve easily at Alliance.