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Josephine Chez Dumonet Report

My son's favorite food is boeuf bourguignon, and he could not finish his...

Aug 09, 2012
CSteefel in France

Josephine Chez Dumonet Report

I am glad you like such "classical" dishes--apparently they have tuned their cuisine to you and others with similar taste. And I suppose it is also classical to serve a crappy Bordeaux for 65 Euros? I will stick with the nouveau chefs then in the future, as well as my own boeuf bourguignon at home...

Aug 09, 2012
CSteefel in France

Josephine Chez Dumonet Report

Good point mangeur about the preconceived notions of what should be there, although one does see the comment above that you provided the link to that normally one does find some accompaniment to foie gras.

That said, I do not personally look for a "classic" experience so much as a fine culinary experience. So in this respect, I compare with previous dinners in the USA and in the Netherlands, where I was just before Paris. Even without those, however, I could not fail but to compare with the other dining experiences in Paris. In fact, I had the sense that Chez Dumonet was playing on their claim to provide a "classic" experience to the August tourists who showed up there. Resting on some faded laurels, IMO...

Aug 09, 2012
CSteefel in France

Josephine Chez Dumonet Report

Maybe they had an off night, who knows? Could the regular chef have been on vacation??

Aug 09, 2012
CSteefel in France

Josephine Chez Dumonet Report

I have no particular problem with the bare white plate, but my wife at least prefers something like a fruit compote to go with it. This is what we had elsewhere in Paris. The unadorned slab of foie gras seemed to go with the other elements of the dinner (fill a glass and place it on the table with no water glasses)...

Aug 09, 2012
CSteefel in France

Josephine Chez Dumonet Report

Had one night to share a dinner with my son, who was off the next day to Geneva. Too bad we chose Josephine "Chez Dumonet". I thought the appetizers were OK--a reasonable pate de campagne, and some acceptable foie gras, which we ended up ordering quite a bit of on our trip since it has recently been banned in California. But the presentation of the foie gras consisted of two slabs unaccompanied by anything else, so hardly something to get real excited about in a restaurant. More disappointing were the main courses. Both my wife and I ordered the duck confit, which arrived also with no accompanying sauce, a problem given the largely tasteless character of the meat. More of a problem was my son's boeuf bourguignon, a smoky, at least partly burned preparation of fatty meat. As someone who has made a number of boeuf bourguignon at home, I can say this was one of the worst I have experienced. The boeuf was really the final straw in my mind (I was more forgiving of the other courses), although my wife was less than complimentary about any of it.

What else? Difficult even to get some water on the table (it took two tries), and then no glasses to drink it from (we had to "borrow" wine glasses from a nearby table). And the wine list? Their vaunted wine list mostly did not exist (they claimed they had sold much of it earlier in the summer or year). They were featuring for 65 Euros a very rustic, harshly flavored tannic monster of a Cru Bourgeois that could not have sold anywhere for more than about 15 Euros (I would personally not pay that for it). We tasted this monster and passed in favor an acceptable if still overpriced Santenay.

Needless to say, we bailed on the dessert, sorry that we could not show my son a good meal on his one night in Paris. What a difference between this place and what followed, where we had superb meals (Le Comptoir du Relais, Cocottes du Constant, and Willi's Wine Bar). Night and day, as they say...

Aug 08, 2012
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