It's always interesting to hear about different tastes. Your praise for Bar Tartine doesn't match the meal six of us had there one evening.
Of all the dishes we tried, only one would we want to return to, and I can't remember what it was. Everything was unctuous and overly flavored to the point where we didn't want more than one bite because we didn't want more, not because we had had enough.
You probably have it right when you described Bar Tartine's cooking as "personal."