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Five Parisian questions

The Cafe Constant and Les Cocottes
Fables de la Fontaine
Pottoka
Thoumieux
Me I'd go to the Cafe Constant in your case.

about 3 hours ago
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Alain Ducasse at Le Meurice

I don't see the final cost.

about 16 hours ago
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36 hours in Paris-Pretty specific guidelines

Miznon is not for everyone. I called it "The wackiest, weirdest, wonderful "food experience" of 2014."

2 days ago
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Porte 12 ,Paris

Thanks Mangeur; it's good to have details even if they counter the experience of others here (myself included).
We should give readers the opportunity to see varying opinions.

Jan 30, 2015
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Pirouette in the 1st: Perfection on the beaten path, hidden in plain view.

"Thanks to the constant searching of JT for this find."
well Laidback my friend, search no more. Their second place - Zebulon at the Palais Royal is every bit as good as the Mothership. A Cameroonian, via Kyoto, has arrived and every dish we had today hit a home run.
I hesitate to say this, but given its location (Le Louvre etc) and Pirouette's clientele already, I suspect it will be in all the Chinese and Japanese guidebooks soon, so go. I intend to.
Details at http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

Jan 29, 2015
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Paris Restaurants

I'm not up on pastries since I shop local but your restos look fine except that Frenchie seems to have fallen off the favorites list and Au Petit Sud Ouest might not be in my top ten.
I'd endorse "Le BAT and A.noste but good luck on getting into Porte 12.
But thank you for doing the research and not just saying"Where do I go" or "What's the best.....?"

Jan 29, 2015
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Help us plan our Paris trip food-wise

Parnassian, as usual, is helpful to the nth degree but might I suggest yoi look up prior threads on eating with kids/children and narrow down the universe of thousands of possibilities.

Jan 29, 2015
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internship in French bakery?

You might want to write Camille Malmquist who hangs around at Paris by Mouth.

Jan 28, 2015
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Paris Trip report over the Holidays: old friends, a few warnings, a Laotian Feast.

Thanks for the wonderful feedback.

Jan 28, 2015
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My Final Choices For Eclectic Dining in Paris & Marseille

Except for the Gabriel which I've never been to, looks fine for Paris.

Jan 24, 2015
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Matiere a, tiny gem in the 10th

I guess this is my contrarian day (tmrw will be better Annie says) but I found no soul in the food and no character.
I've always trusted Mangeur & Parnassien but my meal was maybe good for me health-wise (it's what my wife tells me to eat more of) but mental health wise it screwed up my day. Plus stools yet. Cheap though. And neat bathroom.
OK enough. For masochists - http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

Jan 23, 2015
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Valentines in Paris, without breaking the bank

Nope, despite living just down the hill, the chef rumors don't run this way.

Jan 23, 2015
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Valentines in Paris, without breaking the bank

Did the chef change?

Jan 23, 2015
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Valentines in Paris, without breaking the bank

I would agree the setting is floating on top of Paris but the food is anything but floating above anything.

Jan 23, 2015
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"Tip and Tax not included." A new trick on visitors unfamiliar with Paris restaurants?

Pti: Reading the entire thread is a chore I realize, but it turned out to be be just "Tip not included" in English. The sentence is gone from bills now.

Jan 23, 2015
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Five Parisian questions

Please do & report back; it's such a great location.

Jan 23, 2015
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"Tip and Tax not included." A new trick on visitors unfamiliar with Paris restaurants?

Since I think this is addressed to me, these were two reports I got and neither party saved their bills.
But we were at Pirouette a few days ago and the message is gone so I think CH gets respect.

Jan 22, 2015
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Five Parisian questions

Yah but none us has been in years; about time.

Jan 22, 2015
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Long weekend in Paris, can you help with my list?

Not really; I called the food "Perfectly wonderful" It was the service that stunned me.

Jan 22, 2015
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Help plan meals for 9 day trip!

"Without that information any suggestions will be far too random to be of much use."
Phil has pinned it; give us some targets and we'll fire away.
It's also helpful for us to see if you're looking for particular types of cuisine, new/old, traditional/edgy, etc and don't ask me to define those terms.

Jan 20, 2015
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Sunday lunch in Provins?

Jake Old Soul; I waited a few days hoping someone would comment but no one has so I will plunge in. This recollection is 25 years old so go at your peril; but we ate at the Hotel Aux Vieux Remparts whose restaurant now is called L'Esquisse, I'm not sure it was then. It was pretty good. Provins is a great day trip and our highlight was buying replicas of antique tiles for our flat in the "no-go" zone.
John

Jan 20, 2015
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Are these choices too similar in style?

Yup.
But I do believe I'm guilty of calling some "perfect food without soul."

Jan 16, 2015
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Are these choices too similar in style?

"Les Chouettes on rue de Picardie....open 7/7 (I think but certainly on Sunday.)."
Correct - plus a great setting, spectacular; beats the Cafe du Commerce or Bofinger IMHO.

Jan 15, 2015
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Are these choices too similar in style?

I never addressed your title "Are these choices too similar in style?"
Not necessarily but you've listed none of the Japanese-chef'd or influenced places - see http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1001...
or some newer places like A Noste, Porte 12, Chouettes, Le Timbre (new), Bon Georges, Clown Bar, BAT, etc.

Jan 15, 2015
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Are these choices too similar in style?

Hi Plafield, good to see you again. Off the top of my head, my reactions:
Septime - no longer what it was - substitute Gare au Gorille
L’ Ober Sale - Parnassien's best one to speak on it
Le Servan - love it, fun & funky
Bistro Paul Bert - been a while
Le Sautico - ditto
Bistrot Belhara - fine choice
Yard - love it
Pramil Restaurant - Ok, but....
Glou (for a last minute or maybe Sunday) - Less than OK
Zygomates - too long ago
Le Villaret - ditto
Régalade - Just heard a great report on #2 (#3 ids not so.)

Jan 15, 2015
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Long weekend in Paris, can you help with my list?

"Sunday lunch"
52 (Rue) Faubourg St Denis
Clamato
Jeanne B.

Jan 15, 2015
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Long weekend in Paris, can you help with my list?

"Hexagone" "loved it" "the reviewer wasn't overwhelmed"
Ironically or paradoxically, perhaps it was because Rubin's co-workers had hyped Hexagone up so much the prior two weeks; I counted 3 references.

Jan 14, 2015
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Help pls w/this Sunday night, walkable to Denfert-Rochereau, don't want to make reservations,

I was just about to reach the same conclusion/recommendation when you said it. Why compromise; cab it!

Jan 14, 2015
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In response to avoiding "Pesky Americans!" (Yankees)

Just some of us.

Jan 14, 2015
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In response to avoiding "Pesky Americans!" (Yankees)

"It ended up being one of our favorite meals."
Come on Paula, one of the unwritten rules here is we spill out out secret places, save Mangeur.
Cough it up. Where were you?

Jan 12, 2015
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