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Olive oil for cooking

That's what we use for cooking and the fancy imported stuff for salads.

about 3 hours ago
John Talbott in France

Paris at the Junction 8th and 16 th end of June.

"Brasserie Stella" Absolutely. And farther away, Hugo Desnoyer's butcher shop-restaurant.

about 11 hours ago
John Talbott in France

Fun Lunch in Paris

"crowded, loud and warm,"
For that it's almost alone, save the brasseries.
How about the Clande, the old Clandestino in the 12th or Hai Kai in the 10th?

about 11 hours ago
John Talbott in France

Report: Pirouette

Not my experiences at all plafield, and not worth Le Parisiens's #2 rating http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1014... either, Sorry Pti, couldn't resist that.

about 22 hours ago
John Talbott in France

Group of 20 Women dining in Paris - help with current choices....

"the website was letting me book a group of 20 in their online system."
I would telephone, you'll remember those things?, and ask for the private room on the South-West side.

about 22 hours ago
John Talbott in France

Group of 20 Women dining in Paris - help with current choices....

"For Sunday brunch, have a look at Hotel Amour on the rue Navarin in the 9th"
I'm still trying to digest this advice Parnassien, but then, you're 37 and I'm approaching my 80's. It is so so Bobo.

about 22 hours ago
John Talbott in France

Report: Amarant

"I haven't yet been to Amarante because I'm afraid of getting the instant depression that I used to get at Christophe's old place in the 5th. So, other than the excellent food, how is the vibe/ ambiance ? Is it less earnest/ funereal than Christophe's ?"
The old was indeed gloomy; this is indeed sparkly. Much the same food though; What more can you expect?
http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

about 22 hours ago
John Talbott in France

Group of 20 Women dining in Paris - help with current choices....

I'm not sure how big the Terroir Parisien (RD) Bourse private room is nor Les Papilles - also we were discussing group dining just a few days ago but I cannot find it.
Never heard of the places near St Georges; Parigi lives there so maybe she can comment.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Fun Lunch in Paris

whoops, missed that.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Fun Lunch in Paris

Except for the decor, I wouldn't classify it as "fun.
Wouldn't fun be more like Au Passage, Bones or Yard?

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Foodie Honeymoon Trip. A couple post-research queries, s'il vous plait.

Yup

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Reporting: Tintilou

"but felt there could have been more food on the plate."
I seem to recall they implied that the dishes weren't huge, and not just the bento.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

The 100 "best" Paris restaurants under 50€

"l'Ourcine,"
Is it still good?; my last visit (granted long ago) produced a very overcooked pigeon but I recall Mangeur said hers was not around the same time.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

The 100 "best" Paris restaurants under 50€

It is quite, quite different, no vestiges of the old - new team, new look, new menu. http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

2 days ago
John Talbott in France

Does anything happen in the 15th?

"I think we have sufficient recommendations from you and the other Chowhounders to put together a fine time in the 15th."
Remember what we all say - Nothing is more at max than 40-50 minutes away by public transportation in Paris; you need not limit yourself to the 15th, esp when you're on my line, the spiffy #12.

2 days ago
John Talbott in France

Paris intrigue

"Does Le Severo have the "best meat in town" ? I doubt it... good, yes and a safe choice but there is competition from lots of other places i.e. Hugo Desnoyer in the 16th,"
Interesting debate.
I don't think The Lone Ranger or Kimosabe99 can go wrong at either.

2 days ago
John Talbott in France

The 100 "best" Paris restaurants under 50€

But of course, it's not at all the same, much more French, see http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...
John

2 days ago
John Talbott in France

The 100 "best" Paris restaurants under 50€

Sure, I can quibble too, but this will be a list we can refer people to.
I'd be interested in Mangeur's take on which have the chef's heart or soul on the plate.

2 days ago
John Talbott in France

Foodie Honeymoon Trip. A couple post-research queries, s'il vous plait.

"Sad sad news."
No comment.

2 days ago
John Talbott in France

Paris Diary - 5/26 - 6/7/15

"Catherine & Pierre Breton"
ditto, and they're very nice too.

May 26, 2015
John Talbott in France

Fun Lunch in Paris

So "fun" is the defining factor, eh? Haven't had that question since a year ago - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9746....
What do you think about the ideas there?

May 26, 2015
John Talbott in France

Paris intrigue

"Pirouette or Zebulon?"
Both good but different despite the fact that the same gang runs them and they have some of the same menu items. Cambodian versus Cameroonian chefs make the difference I guess and their histories.

May 26, 2015
John Talbott in France

Paris intrigue

"Sounds like Hexagone is good, too. John, do you recommend indoors or the outdoor garden at Maison de l'Amerique Latine and what does one do if it starts raining ? "
Well, Hexagone, an hour after wasn't "my type of "grab you by the guts" food.
I've eaten at Maison etc inside and out; never rained yet, but.....
Re: Madame Royal, I just stood there stunned. No Roger Federer selfie moment.

May 26, 2015
John Talbott in France

Reporting: Tintilou

Great to have this up-to-date update. Always loved it.
Thanks

May 26, 2015
John Talbott in France

Paris intrigue

The first two a few weeks ago (the others much longer):
http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...
http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

May 26, 2015
John Talbott in France

Is Au Bon Saint Pourcain closed?

"I think it is closed Sundays and Mondays."
Well, Yves Nespoulous in Le Fooding said the same - http://lefooding.com/fr/restaurants/r...

May 26, 2015
John Talbott in France

4 nights in paris

"I did read about La Mediterranee and I think it's on the same block as my apt, but I don't think it's ever mentioned here at all! I think it's supposed to be a good seafood place? So would you recommend that over Constant? Or that over Clamato? What other places similar to Constant (more traditional bistro than modern) but better do you like?"
Lots of questions here.
The fact that La Mediterranee is not mentioned here should not be a killer; lots of places are not; it does serve mainly seafood and in season, awesome artichokes.
Phil has answered about it vs Constant.
As for Clamato, very different vibes; Clamato is like a bustling seafood bistro and La Mediterranee like a more elegant coastal restaurant.
As for "traditional bistros," best to consult recent threads on the subject where we've discussed an array of them.

May 26, 2015
John Talbott in France
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Does anything happen in the 15th?

"John Talbott has some recent reviews of places in the 15th.
Of them and the places Pti mentions, my favorites are the Casse Noix, El Pario and Axuria.
"a foodie wasteland" it is not.

May 26, 2015
John Talbott in France

Report: Bistro Belhara and Hexagone

"Do you know where I can find a sample menu from Belhara?"
There's a sample of the menu at http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

May 26, 2015
John Talbott in France

Foodie Honeymoon Trip. A couple post-research queries, s'il vous plait.

"early reservation eliminate the noise"
Yes, probably; or sitting on the ground level or outside; it's upstairs that the sound travels to unimpeded.

May 25, 2015
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