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

Le Galopin has our heart. Yes, it can be hot in the summer, but they have made some internal modifications to ameliorate the tiny enclosed space. They do not have, or to date have not had a terrasse. LG is not for everyone. It sings to those who seek a connection with kitchen, enjoy sparkling flavors, love produce and herbs with protein as a partner rather than boss. I seldom recommend this handful of favorites because they are not to every taste.

(I'm going to have to tell Jake, "Hush!")

about 8 hours ago
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One more Paris lightening round - Chez Janou or Bistro Bellet?

"When we pointed out that it was a little funny to have sliced duck breast on a tiny salad and then magret, they said "we can remove the sliced duck breast from the salad if you wish us to"."

Aaaaarrrrrggggghhhhh! Glad I wasn't there.

about 13 hours ago
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Foodie Honeymoon Trip. A couple post-research queries, s'il vous plait.

Absolutely. I personally think that it is better. Simone Tondo is sailing! And Martin, the som is superb.

about 14 hours ago
mangeur in France

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

Nicely done. I personally would swap Gare au Gorille for Philou because it offers a different format from your other picks.

As Rue Levis serves a residential rather than tourist area you are smart to consider how many shops may also take vacation at that time. I don't know how you would check it out beforehand.
Montorgueil might be a safer if mundane choice. Or hip and bustling Martyrs.

Rather than Semilla or Matiere a, you might consider Roseval. A different area from your other destinations, sweet service, good chef and excellent wine pairings.

about 20 hours ago
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Lyon, France

Rather than rave reviews, I would give Daniel et Denise my highest rating for being quintessential of its genre. We go there to eat the hearty even daunting plates for which bouchons are famous.

I have never considered ordering a daily special since I always going for something classic off the carte: tablier de sapeur, quenelle, cervelle des canuts. And always at the original location.

May 22, 2015
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4 hungry nights in Paris

" One of the prime attractions of Ober-Salé is that it is so easy for most, tourists and non-tourists, to feel that they have found a slice of the "real" Paris."

Excellent.

May 21, 2015
mangeur in France

4 hungry nights in Paris

" But tell me, what other restaurant at this price point (34€ prix fixe for dinner) would you recommend...?

And herein lies another crux. People travel with a hypothetical budget. There are variances for special occasion meals and for picnics of leftovers. Locals have different demands from visitors, those who are merely hungry from those who are looking for a special or specific experience.

What I preach to visitors is to think about the total cost of your transportation and lodging, and try not to get too hung up on an occasional 10 or 20€ "splurge". Even if you uptick every night for a week you will be out some 300€ more for the entire visit for two people. Is this worth missing some of the more exciting new chefs in Paris?

4 hungry nights in Paris

I think what has happened here is that Ober Salé was originally mentioned as a decent quality/price non-touristy option in the neighborhood. As often happens on Chow and elsewhere, its name was picked up, it was positively reviewed by a few diners and soon became seen as a destination for new Chow readers. It may even have become relatively touristy! ;) I would guess that its quality has not diminished and that it is still a decent quality relatively inexpensive restaurant that doesn't necessarily belong on every reader's must-do list.

May 21, 2015
mangeur in France

4 hungry nights in Paris

If you want to dine near your hotel, you might well enjoy Les Climats. http://lesclimats.fr/#les-climats-2

It gets lots of love here.

May 21, 2015
mangeur in France

4 hungry nights in Paris

You have much more precisely described my recent referral to "meh" plates: "on the verge of being bland, cooked to perfection but I wanted just a touch of salt, or acidity, or spice... just a touch..." Nothing wrong, precisely executed, but missing that elusive touch that would make them memorable.

May 21, 2015
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Searching for the best baba au rhum in Paris

Definitely! Am delighted to find Erica again. She lights up a room!

May 20, 2015
mangeur in France

Beaune trip report!

I want to be adopted when I regress.

May 19, 2015
mangeur in France

Table d'Aki

It's called soul, non?

ETA, reflecting on my glib response, I realize that it is pretty close to my truth. Leaving with that feeling happens more often after a simple meal that was prepared by a tiny kitchen cadre. A very few in Paris, a handful in the most unexpected corners of the countryside.

May 19, 2015
mangeur in France

Paris - one night, meal for one, in hiking boots...

Chez Denise for a gut-busting bistrot plate. Huge portions of really good bistro classics. Catch a metro to Gare de Lyon at Les Halles afterward (long underground hike).

Arriving at 7:30, should get you out in an hour if you warn them of your time constraints.

May 19, 2015
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Univerre Paris (UP!)

Any information on or experience with this new, possibly only "softly open" wine bar?

http://www.lasuite-atelier.com/projet...

May 19, 2015
mangeur in France

Paris - one night, meal for one, in hiking boots...

Will you be able to commit ahead of time, i.e., reserve, or will you need someplace you can walk into when they open?

May 19, 2015
mangeur in France

Paris restaurant suggestions

Okay! With your new guidelines, your options are greatly increased. Here are a couple of off-beat ideas:

Tulleries: http://pascade-alexandre-bourdas.com/...

Tour Eiffel: http://www.closdesgourmets.com/diner.php

Montmartre: http://parisbymouth.com/our-guide-to-...

The thread connecting these three is that, unlike most hot recommended names, these are three very decent dining rooms you might actually get into without reservations.

May 18, 2015
mangeur in France

Paris restaurant suggestions

While not the usual recommendation on this board, with your precise needs, i.e., lunch and dinner budgets in specific neighborhoods, I would recommend that you venture a few blocks from your touring ground-zeros and then check out the menus posted at each restaurant. When you find one that fits your range, check to see what people are eating and see if it appeals. Maybe even notice if diners are speaking French or something else. If it's French, as you say, it will probably be good enough to please.

May 18, 2015
mangeur in France

Lobrano, Best New Paris Bistros

I believe you are missing the tone of allende's post. Not snarky but rather droll, suggesting these four new bistros will undoubtedly become a magnet for visitors who do little research beyond the tabloids.

Regarding the "pesky" designation, it has venerable roots. But if you have ever sat through a meal tainted by loud, shrill, callow, unignorable conversation carried on by a pair sitting thigh to thigh with you, you will perhaps understand the annoyance. As Parnessien brilliantly wrote, "The French prefer to enjoy their own evening, not yours." Not French, but me too.

May 18, 2015
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Table d'Aki

Yes, the perfect food and zenly simple dining room play to a certain diner, one who appreciates the superior level of sourcing and cooking without swank or chic decor or hip ambiance or service. We always leave with a wonderfully cossetted feeling, realizing that someone very special has been cooking just for us.

May 17, 2015
mangeur in France

Paris trip report!

With Menton or Meyer lemon, why not!

May 16, 2015
mangeur in France

Paris trip report!

Some of the biggest "discussions" DH and I have had is the threshold or even definition of "sour". I have a much greater tolerance, even appreciation, of tartness in food than he. Apply this to wine and it becomes a minefield.

May 16, 2015
mangeur in France

Le Mas Caché, Saint Véran in the Luberon

Le Mas Caché is a maison d'hote in a hamlet a few minutes between Bonnieux and Goult. Tina and Marc share their lovely home, offering large comfortable rooms, ours on their stunning garden with our own little terrasse. Substantial breakfasts include assorted breads (brought in each morning), excellent orange juice, garnished homemade yogurt, ham and cheese, abundant coffee. Tina and Marc are delightful and generous hosts. Their property is a great choice for headquarters in the Luberon, minutes from the villages but without the tourist congestion and noise. Highly recommend. http://www.lemascache.com/

We enjoyed dinner in the charming stone dining room at Bartavelle our first night and that zany lunch at La Castelas the next day. (Reserve by phone or ask Tina to book for you.) http://www.bartavelle.free.fr/ http://www.luberonweb.com/luberon/cha...

Note that there is a terrific Sunday marché 15 minutes away in Coustellet.
http://www.theluberon.com/activities/...

May 16, 2015
mangeur in France

Paris trip report!

Perhaps white wines from Alsace or the Loire? Particularly those showing a bit of sugar which balances acidity. This may be what Pti more aptly referred to as gras or round?

May 16, 2015
mangeur in France

Paris trip report!

But Jake, paradoxically a balanced high acidity wine, particularly whites, need not be excessively tart. IMHO... So there is more at play than simply acid.

May 16, 2015
mangeur in France

Paris trip report!

re Wines #2. DH also has an aversion to tart wines. He has great success requesting something "pas trop sec". Maybe because it is the wrong way to say it, and therefore causes the server or som to think, or maybe because he is a visitor, it always seems to work for him.

(BTW, I think we enjoyed the same Greek elixir as you at Gare au Gorille. That is the third or so excellent Greek white that I have had recently. They've come a long way!)

May 15, 2015
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Paris trip report!

As well as Pti's considered and detailed response.

May 15, 2015
mangeur in France

6 nights in Paris

Who knew? http://thankyoumydeer.com/site/brunch/

I guess j gordon did! Thanks for this.

May 15, 2015
mangeur in France

Street Food in Marais

A pan like these...

May 15, 2015
mangeur in France

Street Food in Marais

I recall sausages being simmered with peppers and onions at various outdoor fairs, brocantes, etc. Typical event street food. Or grilled with the legumes sauteed separately in such a pan.

May 15, 2015
mangeur in France