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Which of these restaurants would you pick?

Having spent time in Austin and just returning from Paris, of your list I would recommend Chez L'ami Jean as well as the Frenchie wine bar (which across the street from the restaurant.) Both places are very lively and far from stuffy, but with very well executed food.

We did the 8 course tasting menu at CLJ that started with the house terrine of pate, a soup with root vegetables, sea trout crudo with poached egg, braised veal and mushroom sandwich, cod with potato and squid ink, roasted /sous vide pork with potato puree (two different cuts that was my fav dish), another interesting soup that was more of a palate cleanser, spanish cheese w/ cherry compote, the famous rice pudding (more like a vanilla risotto made with condensed milk and caramel), and a trio of small deserts. Our table mates went ala carte and their meals looked incredible. They got the roaster foie gras for two and their eyes were rolling back in their heads the whole meal.

The Frenchie wine bar was a real find - it kinda has a SoHo feel with exposed brick and a very hip atmosphere. As much as I wanted to not like it (don't ask me why), my wife and I agreed it was one of our fav restaurants we ate at. They don't take reservations, but it is easy to score a table before 8:30pm or so - otherwise standing room only. The food here is a bit more polished/refined than CLJ. Unlike the restaurant, the menu is not fixed at the wine bar and everything we has was excellent. The chef stooped by and I asked for some recommendations and he didn't steer us wrong. We had foie gras topped with a fig gelee (the dish had more of a pudding texture), burrata with mint pesto, a cheese plate that was surprisingly all English with fig compote and pickled cherries, cornmeal dusted sweetbreads with radishes and tart apples, and a goat cheese tortellini with sage, butter, and grated almond biscotti (this was Babbo good). Also had excellent wines by the glass and where liberal with the samples.

The other place not on your list I would also highly recommend is L'Avant Comptoir. It is basically a small standing room only counter that dishes up tapas style small plates with a heavy emphasis on all things pork. I really enjoyed their blood sausage macarons, porcini mushrooms ala plancha with Iberian ham and parmigiano reggiano, and an ethereal dish of caramelized pork belly bites.

Hope this helps

Oct 26, 2012
dafisk in France

Help Narrowing Down Restaurant list - Paris

I would totally keep the Frenchie reservation. If 7pm is too early, try the no reservations Frenchie wine bar across the street before one of your other reservations. I was there a few nights ago and the food and vibe were excellent. I can vouch that we were one of the few, if not the only, English speakers there.

Also if you are going to Comptoir du Relais, or even in the area, I highly recommend a visit to L'Avant Comptoir which is their wine bar open from noon until late. Think of it as a standing room only counter that serves tapas style small plates with a strong focus on all things pork. The blood sausage macaron is not to be missed.

Oct 12, 2012
dafisk in France

Any recs for bread, cheese, and charcuterie?

Many thanks - the Google maps links are great!

Oct 05, 2012
dafisk in France

Any recs for bread, cheese, and charcuterie?

Looking for some markets or stores to pick up bread, cheese, and charcuterie. I am staying near Chatalet, so a place to grab breakfast pastries within walking distance is great. However, I will be around most of the city at some point if there are any must visit shops.

Oct 05, 2012
dafisk in France

Thoughts on my Itinerary

You can make also email La Regalade St. Honore for a reservation - I heard back in a day or two.

laregalade.sainthonore@yahoo.fr

Sep 20, 2012
dafisk in France

Has anyone had the new menu at Chez L'Ami Jean?

Would love any intel on the new dinner menu if anyone has tried it yet

Sep 16, 2012
dafisk in France

Need feedback on my Barcelona list

Will be arriving from Paris on a Saturday afternoon for 3 nights and staying in L'Eixample, I'd appreciate and feedback on my restaurant list

Saturday: Dinner at Gelonch or Con Gracia (alas, I could not get a rez at Tickets or Dos Cielos)

Sunday: lunch at Cerveceria Catalana, dinner at Paco Merlago (any other good recommendations for a Sunday?)

Monday: lunch at Pinotxo, dinner at Tapac 24

Would also love a recommendation on a good place for hot chocolate & churros as well as any other feedback.

Thanks!

Sep 16, 2012
dafisk in Spain/Portugal

Need help narrowing my Paris list down

Thanks John - I saw your blog post and from the pics, the food looks really solid.

Aug 30, 2012
dafisk in France

Need help narrowing my Paris list down

Thanks for the insight. Yes, I did mean Le Comptoir du Relais. I was planning on doing that for lunch as I was told dinner reservations are impossible to get. I am wrong with that assumption? I will be there in mid-October.

Lastly, do you have any recommendations for pâtisseries or breakfast places? I will be staying in the first arrondissement, but will around a lot of the city during my visit.

Thanks!

Aug 26, 2012
dafisk in France

Need help narrowing my Paris list down

I will be in Paris for a few days and here is a list of places that looked good to me. Does anyone have thoughts on which ones you would drop from the list and why? Also, if you have an opinion on what is better for dinner vs. lunch. I am not wedded to them, so if I am missing and "must try" places, please chine in.

Le Comptoir
L’Office
Le Pantruche
Septime
Chez l'Ami Jean
Spring
La Régalade St-Honoré
Vivant

Many thanks!

Aug 26, 2012
dafisk in France