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LAST SUPPER IN PARIS (LITERALLY)

Thank you all. Eight posts but only three with a restaurant suggestion. Congratulations to John for reading the exam question carefully. And to Paragi and Souphie, England is a painful move though perhaps not as final as harikiri (we will survive beyond dessert). A decision based on education rather than our palate. I'm liking a 'gutsy bistro finale'
Aurevoir

Aug 21, 2010
trixie007 in France

LAST SUPPER IN PARIS (LITERALLY)

Sadly returning to England after five fabulous Paris years. My husband's birthday just before we leave. Where to take him and our foody eleven year old son for a Saturday lunch and a final memory?
We've loved The Crillion, Le Cinq, Jules Verne, L'Arpege, Le Meurice. What have we missed?

Aug 20, 2010
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Aix-en-Provence, Apt

Apt is barren. We've lived between Saignon and Paris for thirteen years. Try La Petite Cave in Saignon, owner chef is Andrew Goldsby a young English chef who serves a very nice fixed price (40€) menu. Soko is a young Japanese lady who came to the village last year and has a very enjoyable Asian inspired (refreshing in this part of the world) menu. We find L'Auberge du Presbytere, overpriced and mediocre. Good for a pastis by the fountain before dinner elsewhere. Ceap and cheerful is a pizza at the La Flambee in Bonnieux with amazing sunset views (ask for a table on the terrace)

Jul 08, 2010
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Allard - Good Risk Bad Risk ?

Parigi - We've lived here five years in 6e, we speak fluent French. Our hypothesis of restaurants consistently full of English speaking tourists is that over time they cater to that target rather than stay true to their (if ever) original strengths and quality. It's business. Corners can be cut at the same time that prices can be raised. A relationship with a transient visitor is less authentic than with a regular. We wonder how many regulars remain at Allard or perhaps they have two totally different standards. We sat in the 'English' room because my non French speaking sister made the reservation whilst visiting us. I watched the waiter's approach with Japanese and Americans either side of us. It wasn't pretty. No imagined conspiracy. No need to have my mind opened on this occasion - except to realise I'll never set foot in Allard again. Great to know it has a glorious past, pity about its present.

Feb 15, 2010
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Allard - Good Risk Bad Risk ?

Ordinary. Like a bad French mime of a good bistro. Over priced, over attitude. Sit next to Japanese, Americans and Australians all clutching their guide book for 'an authentic bistro experience' Trouble is they've all got a 1977 edition!

Feb 13, 2010
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CHEZ L'AMI LOUIS

Visited with an English chef friend last winter who has two Michelin stars with his London restaurant. He too had heard great things of L'Ami Louis. We both agreed it's the emperor's new clothes. The ingredients are good, not exceptional - and available to many establishments. When we were there it looked like a foreign underworld HQ. Service was dire. It felt old, tired and trading off a former glory. If you have that money to spend, there are myriad of great Parisian experiences to be had.

Sep 03, 2009
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Ordering in Paris

load your iPod with Michel Thomas and learn on the flight. Simply having you string sentences together in no time. Absolutely know the polite phrases - please, thank you etc. If you have food favourites or preferences for how your food is prepared (bleu par example) 'google translator' them before you go and paste them to a page, creating your own personal dictionary.
Enjoy, it's a fab city. We've lived here for four years.

Sep 03, 2009
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HELP! LATE RESERVATION FOR MY HUSBAND'S BIRTHDAY WEDNESDAY

Le Cinq was stunning. Everything we could have wished for and more. Champagne trolley to start (offering my ten year old a finger full to toast his father's birthday) Foie gras, poulpe, sea bass, pintarde, a series of extraordinary amuse bouches and chocolate desserts my husband and son adored. Exceptionally fine reisling with the foie gras. The sommelier recommended appropriately by the glass as we didn't want to heavy a time of it at lunch (and in charge of a child) As grand as the room was, the service was open, warm, efficient with great charm. One of our more memorable dining experiences.

Sep 03, 2009
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Where to Eat till You Puke

obscene

Sep 02, 2009
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HELP! LATE RESERVATION FOR MY HUSBAND'S BIRTHDAY WEDNESDAY

Thanks for the encouragement, about to go run around Tuileries twice to make room for tomorrow's lunch. They were charming when I called to book, shall report back as soon as we can again move/speak/write!

Sep 01, 2009
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HELP! LATE RESERVATION FOR MY HUSBAND'S BIRTHDAY WEDNESDAY

Where to go? Lunch with my husband and our son. Left it a little late. Le Meurice on a waiting list. We did Crillion for my son in April. Is Le Cinq still good? Would like to go for hotel 'wow' fine dining. We live in Paris and eat well locally and constantly, but a hotel splurge is a treat. Advice please!

Aug 31, 2009
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