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Thank you, thank you for Chez Denise rec's!

Our waitress at Les Chouettes was lovely.

1 day ago
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4 hungry nights in Paris

@Parnassien

Onzieme beat me to it with the recs... But you are right it is a bargain, and it turned out nice for an improvised dinner with no reservation. I'm just saying I wouldn't specifically call to make a reservation and go there.

It's nice, better than average for sure, but not a destination (for me).

May 22, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

4 hungry nights in Paris

I wasn't impressed with Ober Salé that much. It's a good place, I wouldn't call it "casual", but it's not uptight either. Personally I didn't like the server, I get it that if you are visiting and stumble upon typical Parisian servers with their noses in the air, this joyful guy makes for a nice change... but he kept making jokes, and kept pushing us to order wine (jokingly...), and in the end I found him a bit over the top. I was with a friend who I hadn't seen for a long time, and didn't need all these efforts to make a new friend...
As for the food it was very precise, perfectly executed, but it fell in what someone (sorry don't remember who) coined recently as "a new trend of under-seasoning". Everything was on the verge of being bland, cooked to perfection but I wanted just a touch of salt, or acidity, or spice... just a touch...

This needs to be put in perspective. As you say it is a great neighborhood place, although it is more posh than your typical neighborhood bistro, and I wouldn't refuse returning, far from it.
Actually my friend with whom I ate, enjoyed the place a lot (and I'm guessing he will be surprised when he reads what I have to say about it on my blog... if I ever find the time to catch up with the accumulated delay of posts...)

But I wouldn't recommend it to someone spending just a few days in Paris, and I can't count it as a place I would actively want to go back.

May 21, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

Paris trip report!

About truffle brie.

Never had it til yesterday... I went to La Crémerie, rue de Lancry (which is a great cheese shop by the way), and when I saw "brie à la truffe", I remembered this post.

Bought a very expensive slice (65€/kg I think), and oomph. gloups... Wow.
This stuff is addictive !

Next truffle season I will definitely try to make my own with Pti's recipe !

May 20, 2015
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Seoul BBQ Recs?

Thanks. Since I'm heading back to Seoul in september, I'm looking for new things to explore (with my mouth).

Paris - Feedback on food itinerary

In my personal very short experience with 3 starred places, it is always hard to follow them and not be disappointed... no matter how good the food, the level of precision you will probably get at Ledoyen (I never ate there, but I'm speculating) will tarnish even a great meal following.

So I would either drop Au Passage, and just eat a picnic, some bread, some cheese on thursday night. And/or, if you can change the reservation, I would actually try to book Ledoyen as the latest possible meal of the trip...

Other than that the choices seem good. You did your homework !

May 19, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

late evening restaurant recommendation?

You are right by "Chez Lili et Marcel" which is open everyday until 1am, is a bistro, and is not half bad.

May 19, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

Paris restaurant suggestions

I understand you didn't try to offend, and I'm sorry if my comment implied that you should know all the rules of this board, which you shouldn't... But please understand that when you come to a food board saying basically "I'm coming to Paris, I will be visiting all the (very) touristic spots, where should I eat ?" it's like going to a coffee forum, where enthusiast discuss the differences between different brew methods, the ins and outs of every machine on the market and you come saying "My Nespresso just died, I like all types of coffee, need a new machine, which one should I buy ?".

In all forums on the internet, one should try to read a bit what is being said on the boards, try to find his own answers to the questions he may have, and post once he either didn't find an answer, or once he narrowed down his request enough to start a conversation. (emphasize on the word "conversation")

If you type "Louvre" in the search, or "Tuileries", or "Montmartre", you will find tons of recommendations, so I advise you to try to see what appeals to you in particular restaurants which have been reviewed here, and come back with more questions.

And as for the comment about "Whenever I ask an American what is good in France their response is 'everything.'", it is I'm afraid a very naive comment... This was probably true twenty/thirty years ago, but today with the incredibly dynamic restaurant scene in the USA, and the ever-increasing "reheated soft pocket food" in french bistros (although things seem to get better again), the trend is not so black and white anymore.
This is what this board is about, talking about places that do things right (keeping in mind that "right" for me is not necessarily "right" for you).

And finally to finish my hopefully not too patronizing post, here is a rec for Montmartre that could fit your price range (even though I saw you extended it a bit). Jeanne B has simple food, very french, and a rare non-tourist-trap in the neighborhood.
More expensive, and specializing in roast chicken, there is Coq Rico not far also.

May 18, 2015
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Paris restaurant suggestions

"I'm very swamped at work and might need a few days to actually look up restaurants"

Take your time, nobody's in a rush, and don't assume that the people posting on this board, freely giving advice, are not also swamped at work (I'm not saying you are, I'm just saying you shouldn't... just in case you are).

"basically if it's good enough for a French person it's probably good enough for us."

I don't really get what that means... A lot of french persons I know have no palate and very poor restaurant taste... In fact, I know a bunch of french persons who are perfectly content with going to Burger King...

Paris - April Trip Report or How To Lose Your Abs In 10 Days, Part 1: Pierre Sang Oberkampf, A Noste Upstairs, Les Tablettes, Le Comptoir du Relais, Hugo Desnoyer

Haha thank you very much.
Yes Beard Papa was my dealer while in Japan... Unfortunately I also tried one in Seoul, and it really wasn't as good (but I found another shameful sweet fix there...)

May 18, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

Paris - April Trip Report or How To Lose Your Abs In 10 Days, Part 1: Pierre Sang Oberkampf, A Noste Upstairs, Les Tablettes, Le Comptoir du Relais, Hugo Desnoyer

"Not sure if the board needs another trip report as there are a whole lotta them now."

Oh yes we do. It's a good sign that there are different reports at the same time! It paves the way for future readers...

"PS. If this is too wordy, let me know & I'll prune the next installment"

Please don't. I know some people just want yes/no, go/don't go, lists, and quick answers, but me, I enjoy a good read, especially when it is as eloquent and enthusiastic as yours!

May 17, 2015
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Seoul BBQ Recs?

@burton
The only place I have been to that could (I think) fit 15/20 people is Heukdonga, which specializes in pork... I would say it is mid-price leaning towards the expensive, but definitely not as expensive as some Hanwoo places.
However, if I remember correctly the whole place is with ondol seating (on the floor), so you might want to check that all your group is ok with that.

@filofari
Would you say the majang market is foreigner friendly ? I'm very interested in it when I come back to Seoul, as I'd love to try some great beef, and think it may be a better (and cheaper) experience than a classy restaurant... But I'm afraid I'll be a bit at a loss of where to buy the meat and where to go eat it...

Looking for lunch/dinner place in Paris

You're like a zen master.

May 17, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

One night, one dinner, one big deal.

I agree, but I'm still a little perplexed by the general term "Asian"... Sushi is very different from dim sum which is very different from Sishuan cooking or Vietnamese specialties...

Capeannetoo, do you really not care what kind of Asian food to eat ? Or do you have something more specific in mind ?

May 17, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

Paris trip report!

Pti's the honorary president, the winner of the Darling Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Judge... So she can't possibly be a contender for 2015 (it just wouldn't be fair).

Paris trip report!

Thank you for taking the time to write such a thorough report !

I think we have a new contender for the France Board Darling 2015.

May 15, 2015
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Le Severo VS. Le Relais de l'Entrecote

I never went to Le Severo, so can't compare... but went recently to le Relais de l'Entrecote, and it was "fine"... nothing more nothing less.
The meat was extremely tender but lacked flavor, the french fries were good but not awesome (maybe they also did lack a bit of flavor and color), and the sauce... it's a sauce, with pepper, tarragon, mustard, maybe cream, yeah I know it's a big secret, woooh... what could be inside ? Who cares, again it's not bad, but didn't blow my mind.
And for the JT followers around here, I would add that the room was filled with pesky everythings, except french.

And for a place that only does one thing, I thought it wasn't cheap.

Based on other reviews (but unfortunately not my personal experience) I would go with Le Severo.

And as for Toutain, I'm part of the cheerleader's team. Give me a T... give me an O...

May 13, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

Tips for Dining Well in Paris

Yes...
Funny story, a friend of mine (who is even more old-fashioned than I am, and would be caught dead before wearing sneakers) decided to buy some New Balance shoes for his weekly sport ("weekly" as in "once I have adequate shoes I will do sport weekly"). After the first session, his feet were so full of blisters he realized those are not "really" basketball shoes... they're just shoes that look like 70s basketball shoes.

He wanted to be able to do his sport with style, but he will have to buy the flashy orange and green Air Jordans like the rest of us... (or forget about sport, which worked well for him the past 20 years...)

May 11, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

Tips for Dining Well in Paris

Jordan said her audience is 25/35... not 60+ plutocrats.

Obviously I'm not suggesting that Michelin stars are only for old rich farts (I'm actually heading to one by the end of the month), nor am I denying that the Bib Gourmands are indeed great recommendations. But I think the article that Jordan is trying to write should convey the more "up and coming" scene of Paris restaurants. Giving as advice to young travelers to just use the Michelin Guide, gives an outdated and boring view of what the Paris food scene is.
It is the Michelin guide, but it also is the Fooding, and it's also the blogs and the hipsters (god have mercy on their moustaches), it's the quiet bistro, and scandinavian influenced japanese chef revisiting french classics with flair... And all in between.

Tips for Dining Well in Paris

Totally agree, and not just because of the Motorhead reference.
While I personally hate sneakers and always wear shoes, I have never ever judged, or actually even looked at how someone was clothed in a restaurant... I couldn't care less.
In fact, as Ptipois suggested, it is more frequent to stumble upon a man or woman so overdressed that the bling is piercing your eyes, but the opposite never happened to me. (there is a limit to being a snarky Parisian, I draw the line at caring what shoes my neighbor wears).

May 11, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

Tips for Dining Well in Paris

"Absolutely ridiculous. I potentially see more sneakers or sporty shoes in Paris than I do in the US."

Yes, and that's so sad...

May 11, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

A month in Paris. Looking for critiques on my list!

Thanks for reporting back !

Matiere A which was on my list, then had fallen off my list, is now back on my list (until...).

May 04, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

Searching for the best baba au rhum in Paris

So, all this conversation got me curious, and to finish a pretty average (if not downright disappointing) meal at Vin et Marée, I chose the humongous Baba au rhum.
I couldn't wait to taste it as is, then add some fresh rhum, then... oh wait... but... they didn't bring a bottle of rhum to the table...

The baba was still excellent, fluffy and soaked just right, not too sweet and with the right bite of alcohol. The whipped cream was as I like it, firm and dense and insolent.
By far the best dish I had at the place... but I wouldn't return just for dessert...

May 04, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

Best Crepes in Paris

For me a good crepe is all about the batter. It shouldn't be too thick, shouldn't be too greasy, it should have a soft and elastic texture, with a paper thin tiny ring of crispiness surrounding it.

The best cheeses and products will not save a fat mushy crepe.

Apr 30, 2015
Rio Yeti in France
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Paris food recommendations?

I'll send you a private message with my fees.

Paris with picky teenagers, help needed

Did you check this thread ?

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/963592

Apr 23, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

Trip Advisor top 30 restaurants in Paris

No, TA is the dark side... the convenience of an easy list, with easy to read, fast comments. It's tempting, the path to the dark side is seducing, but the true power of the force can only be found through hard work perusing the labyrinth of posts that is Chowhound.

It is the only true way to become a Food Jedi.

Apr 20, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

Trip Advisor top 30 restaurants in Paris

Don't be tempted by the dark side...

Apr 20, 2015
Rio Yeti in France

Please help finalize food itinerary (researched)

If you manage to eat couscous after a lunch at Chez l'Ami Jean, I think there is a special registration you can fill in for the Guiness Book of Records (that is, if you don't pass out of course).

It's Here! Latest NY Times Reccos for the Hordes of Tourists This Spring/Summer/Fall

I agree that some of the dishes I had at Semilla were a bit sloppy, but I still enjoyed it overall. Some parts didn't work, but the ones that did were spot on.

For instance, I recently went to Ober Salé, and although everything was cooked to perfection, and masterfully prepared, the lack of seasoning and/or spice and/or acidity, made everything feel a bit flat (did anyone say soulless ?).

So while not the hugest fan of Semilla, I still feel its a nice place to go on occasion (I wouldn't make it one of my top recommendations though).

Apr 17, 2015
Rio Yeti in France