Gaya happens to be on rue du Bac not far from another friend’s apartment. Chef Pierre Gagnaire’s seafood restaurant is contemporary and playful. Though it’s two stories, the space is small, seating 44 in total. While the décor is a bit trendy/modern, the service and atmosphere are intimate and personal. The staff from chef de cuisine to sommelier were all noticeably younger than me, but the levels of professionalism, knowledge, skill and attention to detail were truly impressive. My skate was nicely prepared and came with a potato purée that was out of this world.