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Recommendation for a favorite bistro in Marais

Of course no digressions for the OP, that's the rule ! The rest of us may digress freely, see mine below :)

Actually I love the free-form nature of these threads but I suppose it does make it easier on future users to keep everything tidily under the right heading.

Aug 26, 2015
shakti2 in France

Hidden Gems Or Cheap Eats In Paris?

Well I get paid in euros too but they haven't exactly been a pretty picture either ... never mind, tongue sandwiches for all, and hopefully see you at the rally this weekend.

Aug 25, 2015
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Hidden Gems Or Cheap Eats In Paris?

'... cool cheap eats ...'

I nominate the tongue sandwich with sauce gribiche to be had at hole-in-the-corner-y chez Aline in the 12th. It is a great combo, not a standard filling to be easily had elsewhere, too fiddly to make at home unless you are absolutely confident of a tongue-loving crowd, and I suppose the scruffy boys and girls hanging out in the lunch-time queue might qualify having as a certain east-end cool.

Aug 25, 2015
shakti2 in France
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Hidden Gems Or Cheap Eats In Paris?

Can't tell if you are being ironic or not but sub-25 for a limited-choice lunch menu in a casual restaurant isn't that rare. I've had good ones in Pierre Sang Boyer, le Servan in the 11th and Nina in the 14th recently and even Septime, with its built-in following from people who care about Michelin stars and the San Pellegrino list, and where the Gorille folks put in time previously, still lays one out at 28 euros (I think but haven't recently enough to be sure).

Aug 25, 2015
shakti2 in France

Taillevent or Le Cinq LUNCH

Heads up : I popped into Abri while in the area earlier this year to request a reservation in person after failing to ever get them on the phone. Was told they are fully booked out 2 months in advance.

Slightly scratching my head because they served up a well-cooked dinner when I went shortly after they opened but in a Paris context, not significantly more special than other ambitious small restaurants Pierre Sang, Deserteurs etc etc.

Aug 25, 2015
shakti2 in France

Please recommend a hotel in Paris

"No tourist wants fakes and counterfeits; it's greedy proprietors taking advantage of unknowing visitors."

Hm. I wonder. I see beautifully-cooked food left on the plate quite often because 'it's got bones/ eyes/ skin' 'too raw' 'I didn't realise it would be like THAT'. Not just in France but elsewhere too, and most typically in restaurants which are at once good enough to be on visitors' must-do lists and good enough to refuse to dumb down their cooking.

Aug 25, 2015
shakti2 in France

Please recommend a hotel in Paris

Actually you are just a very tolerant person if you'd go back to someplace where your disability attracts rudeness.

Aug 25, 2015
shakti2 in France
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Recommendation for a favorite bistro in Marais

I do find it has gotten more trad, less deconstructed, more expensive since it first opened at the Mutualite, to the point that it is now a very suitable venue for certain carnivorous and conservative dining partners of mine who would not be as happy in the more democratic conditions at Denise, Pipos and the like. Straightforward platters of homemade charcuterie, boudin noir with mashed potatoes, steaks, a specials list featuring yet more meat (whereas I recall more interesting veggie and shellfish preparations from earlier days).

Or perhaps I'm just going in between the good specials :)

Aug 25, 2015
shakti2 in France

Recommendation for a favorite bistro in Marais

Indeed a friend who lives more-or-less atop Temps des Cerises does actually describe her location as Sully-Morland, now that I think of it.

Aug 24, 2015
shakti2 in France

(Paris) Gare St Lazare - anywhere to eat there?

Easy walk but not the prettiest. I don't see why not a cab.

Aug 24, 2015
shakti2 in France

Paris Restaurant Recommendation-Open Sunday and Monday

Clown Bar on rue Amelot fits in terms of walkable distance, budget, Sunday and Monday opening, and has an excellent kitchen, pretty restored interior and diverse watch-able crowd. Reservations required though.

Aug 24, 2015
shakti2 in France

Please recommend a hotel in Paris

Can't speak to Chadsie's specific experience but the 4 Seasons is very much set up for biz travellers who need stuff like meeting rooms, call facilities, hot restaurant reservations at short notice etc etc. Also VIP travellers with large entourages (I'm guessing from the Arab groups I see there). The whole chain also does a wonderful job of recognising regulars and bestowing little treats on them.

But for most other visitors to Paris, it's not a great buy. Stay somewhere nice in a 'real' neighbourhood in Paris and treat yourself to a weekend at one of the chain's resort properties nearer home.

Aug 24, 2015
shakti2 in France

Recommendation for a favorite bistro in Marais

A reliable choice for well-turned out versions of what most folks would regard as 'bistro classics', in a setting more suited for a biz crowd than most places which serve similar food (less cramped seating). A bit more price-y too.

The walk from rue de Rivoli may be long but is a super-pretty one over the 2 Seine islands, provided the weather is cooperative.

Aug 24, 2015
shakti2 in France

Recommendation for a favorite bistro in Marais

Try Temps des Cerises or Petit Celestin in the southwest corner between the river and Bastille (aside to Parnassien: is this quartier St.-Paul? They aren't quite part of the antiquaire zone around village St.-Paul, I think ?) Anyway, both look the part of a neighbourhood bistro, with (lightly-updated) classics on the menu and the added benefits of careful buying and cooking, and nice folks out front.

Aug 24, 2015
shakti2 in France

Le Galopin, August 2015

To match the resto's minimal little haiku of a menu :)

Aug 21, 2015
shakti2 in France

Stumped--Sunday in Nice (and more)

Strange. A friend with a place nearby says the market has been hanging on in this state for years and the text makes it clear the pics are from prior to 2012. Anyway, it certainly looks like this now, in 2015.

Still a handy place to pick up fruit and veg if in the neighbourhood though. Just be sure to take a bit of time to browse - there are a couple of vendors with less-good stuff and somewhat predatory/ touristic pricing near the entrance.

Aug 19, 2015
shakti2 in France

Stumped--Sunday in Nice (and more)

An elegiac photo series on the fading rue Buffa market (swipe past the text for the pics) :

http://alessandrobrasile.format.com/m...

Aug 17, 2015
shakti2 in France

Pierre Sang Boyer

No harm done, an adventuresome risk-taking kitchen will always have its share of occasional misses.

To both restaurants' credits, I doubt if they run to many bad days on the execution side - the chef is typically on hand and supervising closely and the crew, both back and front, always strikes me as very professional despite the informality/ hipness.

Aug 13, 2015
shakti2 in France

Pierre Sang Boyer

My dining companion thought Gambey was not bad fwiw.

Aug 13, 2015
shakti2 in France

Pierre Sang Boyer

Actually I can't really even remember most of the dishes and flavours from that dinner earlier this year, whereas I can recall stuff from early visits to Oberkampf 3 or 4 years ago ... a slow-roasted pork belly for example, with a foam-y pacojet-y foie-gras sauce plus different pickled bits for acidity, crunch and prettiness, not simple in conception or execution, but coming together very nicely on the palate.

Aug 13, 2015
shakti2 in France

Pierre Sang Boyer

I didn't love what I had at Gambey and wouldn't return, nothwithstanding being a long-time fan of the original Oberkampf restaurant. Dishes seem to tip over from the original's interesting modern combinations to overwrought and unbalanced - a 2.5-inch morsel of rouget accompanied by 3 sauces, 2 foams and a flurry of herbs and crumbled bits, for example.

I think both restaurants take on-line dinner reservations now but best to check directly : http://www.pierresangboyer.com

Aug 12, 2015
shakti2 in France

Stumped--Sunday in Nice (and more)

1. Barale and the markets for that matter are open Sunday morning and I'll throw in a rec for the market at place Liberation just beyond the train station, as a superb alternative to the old town for picking up food supplies, less prettified, many excellent vendors, cheaper too.

If eating out, Cafe de Turin is my favourite option. It is a big night for them (persistent but fast-moving queue all evening) and deliveries are likely to be lined to meet demand, so the complaints about less-fresh seafood are less likely to apply. They do an excellent spaghetti vongole if you want to further hedge your risk of sub-par performance from the raw/ chilled seafood options (specify if you want red or white).

2. Take a look at Canon on rue Meyerbeer, modern bistro with a nice low-key local vibe, perhaps only not the best value for what it is.

3. Sunday morning will be lively and open for business. Sunday afternoon will not.

Aug 10, 2015
shakti2 in France

Sunday and Monday in Paris

Aug 10, 2015
shakti2 in France

"New" Le Galopin

Thanks for this ! Now firmly on my radar for a return visit some time soon.

Aug 07, 2015
shakti2 in France

Itinerary Review - Paris and Nice, September 2015

Well, the cuisine at Mirazur is very personal and as a result, not for everyone. I myself am a fan, after some beautifully-composed meals with one revelatory dish after another, at a happy intersection of special local produce, the chef's personal inspiration and execution so precise and self-effacing that the delivered plat is all about pleasure first.

Also, I'd actually consider flexibility a strength of this restaurant (granted I'm happy to eat anything provided it's good). The menu format is entirely open-ended - there are no specific dishes listed, you decide whether you want 5, 7 or 10 courses or if an entree/ plat, whether they are to be land- or sea-based, and the kitchen figures it out from there, generally doing a good job of mixing signature dishes with new ones, depending on whether you are a first-timer or not. I've also seen a table of Arab diners demand and receive, at short notice, a meal composed without the use of meat, shellfish and alcohol.

The service issues seem to be the result of a decision to impose a formal service model without the ability to actually follow through. I've seen this in other ambitious restaurants outside Paris and at Mirazur, it seems to be compounded by poor supervision in the dining room (at one lunch, our food for 2 was delivered by no less than 4 different people over the duration of a meal while bread service was forgotten and wine glasses stayed empty for a couple of courses while the sommelier was occupied elsewhere). Friends have similar stories.

Ironically I've had a better experience in their downstairs large-group dining-room where a younger crew looks after the room with a bit more charm and a lot more by way of a genuine sense of hospitality.

For the OPs, I don't know if all this extra information is helpful or not but I'm guessing you are interested in M. Colagreco's cooking since you have Grand Coeur on your Paris list. Certainly compared to some of your more-upmarket Paris picks, Mirazur delivers more in terms of a special kitchen and a wow-ey room, at a similar price-point.

Bistrot d'Antoine is likely to need a reservation further in advance of your plan to walk-and-see (Palmyre also), but the other restaurants in the Antoine family Comptoir du Marche and Bar des Oiseaux are very acceptable alternatives and should work with shorter notice if you are flexible about lunch or a later dinner early in the week. La Merenda is good too, since you have such a sane attitude to other tourists :)

Aug 07, 2015
shakti2 in France

Paris - Most Enjoyable Places to Eat at the Bar

Thought of 2 more : le Bat near the Opera and Braisenville in the 9th (at the latter, best stick to the bellota ham and grilled steak).

Aug 06, 2015
shakti2 in France

Itinerary Review - Paris and Nice, September 2015

Sadly it seemed like all cruise-ship day-trippers, Chinese mainland tour groups and south Asian trinket vendors to me, but maybe that IS the Côte d'Azur atmosphere ...

Aug 06, 2015
shakti2 in France

6 nights in Paris for anniversary

Actually, do also look out for long-hung mature steer in Basque country. I think I've seen it in various more trad restaurants, but Etxebarri the barbecue specialist in Axpe will have it for sure, as will Bar Nestor in San Sebastián's old town.

It is a benchmark for remarkable beef.

Aug 06, 2015
shakti2 in France

6 nights in Paris for anniversary

Hugo Desnoyer for steak for sure but I'm not sure if sous vide is a feature. The texture of what i've consumed there does not suggest it and most of the jolly little how-to videos on Desnoyer's website seem to involve pan-frying over a lively flame for most steak/ chop/ cutlet-shaped pieces of protein.

Aug 05, 2015
shakti2 in France

Paris - Most Enjoyable Places to Eat at the Bar

Pierre Sang Boyer, the Oberkampf one, not Gambey.

Aug 05, 2015
shakti2 in France