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Never mind Angéla's Banh Mi

Must... try.... fast...

Oct 19, 2014
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Michelin star restaurant for lunch in Paris

You and those microgreens !

Oct 19, 2014
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A week of inspiring and disappointing meals!

Maybe the format doesn't work well for sharing... When I went a couple of years ago, both Mrs Yeti and I ordered the tasting menu, so every time the plates arrived we could each concentrate on our plates, and share our thoughts.
I didn't think the multiple small dishes were a burden, but I didn't think it was genius either. And I understand what you mean about "bitter" tastes, some of our amuse-bouches had some weird combinations, I remember a beer gelée on top of a yogurt which didn't work at all...

However, I also remember the most delicate, best cooked and absolutely spot on seasoning on a Palamos gamba, with a sablé, salicornes and bisque... One of the truly memorable dishes of my life.
There was also a subtle and addictive mushroom consommé... and... and...

For me it was the 3 star experience I was looking for, but at the same time I totally understand your critics.

Oct 17, 2014
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A week of inspiring and disappointing meals!

Thank you for your report !

Oct 16, 2014
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Solo lunch in or near 6e + Inexpensive Dinner

Less of a splurge, especially if you stick with the lunch menu, but I would suggest Semilla. It seems to be in line with the kind of place you were hoping for (Septime, Yamtcha), albeit different of course.

Oct 14, 2014
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PARIS IN OCTOBER -- MUST EATS

I agree about their spelt bread, I also had a "chocolate millefeuille", which wasn't bad (if you tolerate the idea of a chocolate millefeuille AND if you tolerate the "new hip" way of presenting a millefeuille on its side). Their éclairs are meh.

Oct 11, 2014
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PARIS IN OCTOBER -- MUST EATS

I strongly suggest you try David Toutain, for french creative cuisine, unpretentious (at least I didn't think so).

Although I've never been, I also hear mostly positive things about Akrame.

Oct 10, 2014
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Eric Briffard leaving Le Cinq

Christian Le Squer (ex-Ledoyen), will take Briffard's place, starting october the 28th.

So I'm not sure I would keep my reservation for this sunday if I were you... since this may be a "weird moment" for the brigade...

Oct 10, 2014
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Paris and Avignon Restaurant Report

Nice report, thanks !

Oct 08, 2014
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Eric Briffard leaving Le Cinq

I'd read that !

Oct 07, 2014
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Eric Briffard leaving Le Cinq

I only talked about it here because I know how the place and its chef are loved on this board (including by me, although I wasn't as enthusiastic as others)...
If he really was fired, amongst other things, for not getting a third star, it really is disgusting.

Oct 06, 2014
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Eric Briffard leaving Le Cinq

Everything is said in the title... according to Gilles Pudlowski, Eric Briffard was fired for "stagnating and failing to pass over the 2stars, as well as the restaurant losing money".

Whomever takes his place, I have a feeling that the great lunch deal will become history...

Oct 06, 2014
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Pate To Go

I have to admit I'm a bit surprised by the Hénaff recommendation... and on the verge of sneering... but Having never tasted the stuff (only heard about it as the "mystery meat of France"), I will have to go grab a can before activating the full on sneer.

Sep 30, 2014
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Our 1st time in Paris!! Want to do it right!!

I don't know enough about this side of business to be sure, but don't forget that all around this restaurant in the 6e are buildings with apartments and people who can afford the rent... so even at this kind of restaurant, locals may be more important.

Sep 29, 2014
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What do dirt-poor French people eat?

When I say Fontainebleau, I'm talking about the forest of course... I have no interest in the château or the town.

Sep 26, 2014
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What do dirt-poor French people eat?

As an unfortunate Veal-headed Parisian (literary translation), my weekends stay this side of the périph' (or sometimes Fontainebleau)... I know, I know...

Sep 26, 2014
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What do dirt-poor French people eat?

Exactly.
I also prefer fresh baguette, but not being a morning person, and living on the 5th floor with no elevator prevents me from being courageous enough to go get it fresh for breakfast... so I guess I'm with the president on this one.

Sep 26, 2014
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Our 1st time in Paris!! Want to do it right!!

True.

Sep 24, 2014
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Our 1st time in Paris!! Want to do it right!!

Don't know that one, will look it up.

Sep 24, 2014
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Our 1st time in Paris!! Want to do it right!!

Redowl, you said it yourself : "the food ain't at all bad".

This is Chowhound, and people come here for "food" advice... whether there is a bunch of things that a poster wants to do around the food, is fair enough, but specifically recommending a place that is notoriously mediocre... or ok... not that bad, but far from great, is just weird. Nothing snobish about it, if this was HistoryHound or ArchitectureHound, this recommendation would be a good one.

As for 1664 beer... I don't want to add to the general bashing, because after all, if you enjoy this beer... why not... but again if people here come for food and drink advices, as in "really good food and really good drinks", then 1664 is definitely a weird choice... Try some trappist beers from Belgium... may I suggest Rochefort 8 or Orval ?...

P.S. : You mentioned McDo... I'm pretty sure you can order 1664 at McDo... if that gives any idea of its quality...

Sep 24, 2014
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La Table d'Eugene

Haha, I need to change my lifestyle then (or my neighborhood !).

Sep 23, 2014
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French hound in Seoul - Trip report

I understand.

I think I preferred the overall quality of the chicken at Wonjo Daelim (and definitely the ambiance). Kyochon's skin was crispier, because there was no sauce, and it wasn't bad overall although I thought the marinade was a bit too sweet, but I wouldn't crave it anymore than I crave any other type of fast food (that is, about once a year).
I also had a salad at Kyochon, which was plain disgusting.

La Table d'Eugene

Wow, things look more posh than last time I went ! I need to go back for sure.

Sep 23, 2014
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French hound in Seoul - Trip report

Thank you.

"Not enjoying" is a strong word, I did enjoy it, just didn't feel it was worth crossing town for (which I did)... but if I had been in the neighborhood, why not. I went to "Wonjo Daelim Maneul Tongdak" (the red one, with 2 floors). It was served on an iron plate, but still the sauce made the crust too wet... I went alone, so was a bit intimidated to try the larvae (if I had been with others, I would have tried it), I didn't want to try one and end up having to leave the whole bowl. I guess we can say I chickened out !

French hound in Seoul - Trip report

Thanks !

Do you speak Korean ? Maybe if you speak the language you can chat up those ladies and "get in on the joke" so to speak... a little bit like at a french market.
But as a foreigner with only a few words of Koren under my belt, the alley had a slight "aggressive" vibe... Although, I'm pretty proud that when they asked "noodles ?" (in english), I replied "Kalguksu", which they seemed to enjoy a lot.

French hound in Seoul - Trip report

First and foremost, thank you again to all who contributed to my previous post (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/980009). Korean food was something totally new to me, and the great recommendations you all gave me helped me have a better understanding of this fascinating and diverse food culture.

Here are some of the highlights of my trip.

- Kalguksu Alley in Namdaemun market : Great broth, amazing rough-cut noodles, and a lot of free goodies for about 5 bucks... But passing through this alley with all the cooks yelling at you to sit down at their stand is a rather unpleasing experience. It's the only time I ate kalguksu during my trip, but if I go back to Seoul I'll probably try to find a similarly good place with a less hectic vibe. (if you read french, I posted an article with some photos on my blog : http://www.chezfood.com/2014/08/07/ka...

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- Maru : This is the restaurant located inside the National Museum of Korea. I was really not expecting this to be great, as in Paris it seems that most museum restaurants are expensive and bland... It wasn't the case here. Although in retrospect I think the food was a little bit "soulless", everything was nicely cooked, nicely seasoned, and gave a refined view of traditional korean cuisine. (on my blog : http://www.chezfood.com/2014/08/18/ma...

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- Noryangjin fish market : I went with some korean friends for the "grab your fish alive and eat it five minutes later" experience. I'm really glad I did it, I spent a delightful evening with great company, and discovered a truly unique cultural endeavor. But I can't say I was blown away by anything. The live octopus is a "fun" thing to do, but in the end the taste is close to none and the texture is crunchy in an almost cartilaginous way. The hoe of flatfish was also bland and tough... I realize there is a korean fondness for those kinds of textures, and it was eye opening to confront myself with textures I wasn't used to, but I'll stick with sashimi for now...
I'm glad I tasted meongge which was very tender and briny.
And then we had overcooked fish, overcooked shrimp, overcooked giant mussels... So it came down to things being too raw or too cooked for me. Still, no regrets as it was culturally interesting, and a nice evening with friends. (on my blog : http://www.chezfood.com/2014/08/28/ma...

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- Sulbing patbingsu : I've had a bunch of patbingsu and I liked them a lot more than the japanese equivalent (kakigori). The ice was always fine like snow, and the condensed milk made a huge difference in the taste. But the best ones I had were at Sulbing (it's a chain so they have different shops). If I understood correctly they actually use iced milk instead of water, which adds an even more regressive and comforting taste. (on my blog : http://www.chezfood.com/2014/09/07/su...

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This is it for the shameless plugs of my blog, as I haven't come around to writing about the rest yet... So what follows is Chowhound exclusive ! ;)

- Café Ropla (near Sinsa subway) & Champ Coffee (Itaewon) : Coffee culture is strong in Seoul, and overall it seems they make better coffees than in Paris... But the 2 best coffees I had where at Café Ropla (a musky and acidic Yrgacheffe) and Champ Coffee (a more mellow and juicy/fruity espresso). By the way, as a side note, I HATED Itaewon... I don't understand it. I just don't. I didn't come to Seoul to see a bunch of white jocks drinking beer and eating bulgogi-sushi... I didn't come to Seoul for Adidas and Le Coq Sportif shops... And I don't get why anyone, whether tourist or expat, would find this a pleasurable experience... I can understand why koreans like it for a night out, but don't get why it's recommended in all the touristic publications...
Rant over.

- Sicheonju (시천주) : A great find in Insadong where I suspect there are a lot of tourist traps... In a small street, this charming restaurant with wood furniture (you sit on the floor), paintings on the walls, and a slightly quirky vibe (with business cards and flyers under the tables like mosaics), delivers good fresh food. We had tteok jabchae, and doenjang jjigae served with great banchan.
A special note to acknowledge the young waiter who was particularly nice and friendly (in a discreet and respectful kind of way).

- Tteokbokki bulgogi – Tokori (?) : If you go around Bukchon to visit the Hanok village do yourself a favor and avoid by all means possible this place (that has a red and yellow chestnut as a logo with the english wording "With your dream – world")... Not only is the service like a rough stone with a few bird droppings on it, but the pot of simmering "wonders" that they served us had almost nothing good in it.... The tteokbokki was rubbery, the sausages tasted like factory meat, the calamari was tough as my bike's front-wheel... Avoid... AVOID...

- Wang Jokbal : On Saechang-ro, near Yongsan, there is a small jokbal place that kills it ! I had jokbal only a couple of times so that doesn't count me as an expert yet, but the one from this place was the best I had, tender, juicy, full of umami !

- Gangnam Myun Oak : This place has been talked about a bunch of times on Chowhound, and it is well worth it's reputation. Addictive to say the least, the broth they serve instead of tea at the beginning of the meal is like crack.

- Bong san jib : Also recommended here. Also great, although it is worth noting that the original location (near Yongsan) doesn't have a lunch menu, so it did amount to a fairly expensive lunch with chadolbaegi and a doenjang-jigae for 2 at 48,000won... Worth it ? Yep... definitely worth it, the meat was incredibly intense, and the fat nicely cut by the vinegary dipping sauce. Awesome.
The waiter was very shy and really puzzled that two foreigners had heard of this small place.

- Jinjujip : In the basement of a small department store (Yoido) is this place specializing in konguksu. I have to admit the noodles where good but the thick sesame broth felt a bit heavy and bland to me... However, the kimchi was probably one of the best I had, well balanced between acidity/fermentation/spice.

- Gwangjang market : A must for any food tourist ! While the jokbal and soondae I had where a bit disappointing, the bindaettok was great, the kimbap as well, and the yukhoe from the small alley that specializes in this korean tartare was also very good (although I would have liked it to be a little more beefy).

- Jung Sik Dang : Korean fine dining. Some great food (a kimchi cracker amuse bouche with nuts and a jelly of some sort, the best octopus I had (tender and crispy), the uni bibimbap...). The only real disappointment was the lobster whose butter sauce was a bit too rich and overshadowed the finesse of the crustacean. In the end it is a good mix of korean food with modern international influences, although to be honest the korean roots get a little bit lost.

- Daelim Dong's Maneul Chicken : Garlick chicken... I mean Garlicky garlic chicken... I mean Garlicky garlic sauce with garlic and garlicky garlic marinated chicken... To try and put things midely : no vampire could approach me for the next three days (and although Miss Yeti is not a vampire, neither could she)... But aside from this purely logistical problem, I was a bit disappointed by the chicken. It was alright, but the sauce was too sweet, and made the crust soggy... Service was hectic but very nice, but I didn't find this was worth the trip.

- Sawori Boribap : Good boribap (bibimbap with barley), but didn't feel that special.

- Saengseon-gui, Grilled Fish Street, Dongdaemun : Went to the one called Honamjib (yellow sign). The fish was superb, tender, very flavorful (from the charcoal grill but also the actual taste of the fish). Had samchi (Japanese Spanish Mackerel) and kongchi (Mackerel Pike). It was hard to eat with chopsticks for us white crackers, with all the fish bones, but at 7000won a person, I highly recommend it !

- Budnamujip : Went for the galbitang... they were out... Had a good bibimbap though (I ordered the yukhoe bibimbap but they either got it wrong, or thought the stupid tourist didn't know better...).

- Kyochon : Another chicken disappointment... it's good, it's fine, for "fast food type fried chicken"... but I didn't have the korean fried chicken epiphany that so many people report to have. Maybe that's an american thing, and my roasted chicken trained french palate doesn't get it... or maybe it's good fastfood (although you do have to wait a half hour, since they cook the chicken to order, so not so fast) but nothing that someone truly interested in food will stop for, I feel.
It was just fine.

- Tosokchon : This place is great. Touristic, yes. Hectic, yes. But the samgyetang is delicate, complex, nourishing and subtle. They truly mastered the art of it, it seems. The haemul pajeon was undercooked, and the shrimps didn't feel fresh, but it was still good. Although it felt more like a guilty pleasure kind of goodness than the samgyetang which felt as healthy as it was advertised.

- Heukdonga : Black pork barbecue. Great, although not "so much better" than most joints I went too. So I'm not sure if the different price tag is really worth it...
I didn't like the "special sauce" they serve with the pork which is very intense and fishy (anchovies ?) and overpowers the taste of the pork.

- Juk : I think the place is just called juk, and that's what they serve, (I could locate it to 278 Hangangno 2(i)-ga (123-1 Hangang-daero), Yongsan-gu, Seoul). This small mom&pop joint serves good juk, but what really charmed me were the banchan, especially a sweet eggplant banchan that was like a warm blanket in winter (it was 100° out that day), and a small salad with (I think) a peanut vinaigrette. Nothing fancy, but really spot on.

- Naengmyun : I've had naengmyun in a bunch of places... but none really stood out... that is to say that I enjoyed everyone of them.
Naengmyun is good.
Eat naengmyun.

Feeew... sorry for being so long... I tried not to let myself go to my usual floral way of describing things, and tried to be to the point.

One final thing that I think is important mentioning, because I've seen a lot of people worried by this... I ate about 50% of the time alone. Not once did a restaurant refuse to serve me, and this includes places like Gangnam Myun Oak, which was packed, where I had to take a number, wait in line, and they ended up giving me a 4 top table just for me... just to say that this place could have easily done without my business, and still they accepted. Every single place had me, and more often then not they did their best to help me order (and even sometimes cook my own meat on the barbecue, which I didn't think I needed).
Also, a bunch of times, when the people (in restaurants or shops) didn't speak english, they either tried to find someone who could, or even called someone on the phone and made me talk to them... in short : people were really nice (well, except for that single tteokbokki place).

I hope I'm not forgetting anything, if I am I will add on to this already too long post. And if anyone has questions I'll do my best to answer them.

Thanks again to all who helped me have a great trip in Seoul !

Paris by district (review)

Yes, thank you for an original and thorough report !

The black tomatoes may have been "noires de Crimée" (which, when good, are my favorite).

You did well !

Sep 16, 2014
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What does "fait maison" at a restaurant mean?

Thank you for the links...

It's interesting to see that the logo is not mandatory, it's either the logo OR the text "fait maison" which has to be written near each dish that is made on the premise, or near the top of the menu if all the menu is fait maison...
What's even more interesting is that even a restaurant which has NO dish that is fait maison, has got to write somewhere on the menu ""Fait maison" dishes are made on the premise with raw ingredients"... the idea, is to explain what "fait maison" means (even if no dish is "fait maison")... however if one sees this sentence on a menu which has no logo or "fait maison" mentioned anywhere what will the consumer think ? Well, I'm pretty sure he will think "Oh, so they make everything on the premise here."... Adding to the general confusion about this law...

Sep 16, 2014
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Desperate for Seoul recommendations

I have yet to come back here for my Seoul report (I'd rather take the time to do things right...), but I second Steve's rec for Gangnam Myun Oak, it was addictive as hell, and the broth they serve at the beginning is pure drug.
You should bring your chef friends to the Gwangjang market and have a bindaetteok (from one of the places where they grind the beans).
Heukdonga is a great place for pork.
And Tosokchon, although touristic, is great for samgyetang (very well balanced broth, tender chicken, and feeling rice).

Have fun !

Dans les landes

Great review John, if I wasn't so broke right now I'd go tomorrow... Actually, let me call my clients about those delayed payments...

Sep 02, 2014
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