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Any new and exciting restaurants that cater to large groups (10-15)

I love Lucques myself. I am going for Cassoulet night later this month, so I'll have to skip this option.

Feb 03, 2014
smaointe in Los Angeles Area

Any new and exciting restaurants that cater to large groups (10-15)

Hello, I'm trying to decide on a place that would cater to a group of 10-15 people for a birthday dinner on a Saturday towards the end of this month. I had wanted to go to Sotto, but they have a weird policy (including a nonrefundable deposit) that I'm not down with. Because I'm hosting my own dinner, the restaurant I choose can't have a prepaid/deposit policy. Price point: no more than $80 pp (food and beverage). I was considering Cecconi's or Comme Ca, but thought I'd get feedback on here to see if there are other more worthy and fairly new places to try. Location: anything in between the 110, 101, 405, and 10 fwys. Thanks!

Feb 03, 2014
smaointe in Los Angeles Area

Paris, need recs

Really? Wow. I'm planning to go November 24. Still think I should reserve now? Oh, do you think someone there speaks English? I can maybe attempt to make a reservation in French, but I'd be more comfortable doing it in English hehe.

Oct 09, 2013
smaointe in France

Paris, need recs

Ok I'll keep that 8 day time frame in mind. Much thanks!

Oct 09, 2013
smaointe in France

Paris, need recs

Yes, the website says ouvert touts les jours, which means everyday.

Oct 09, 2013
smaointe in France

Paris, need recs

And what's the recommended time frame? How far out can I make them? Does going in November make any difference in terms of number of people reserving (fewer, more, the same)?. Quick question about Lazare. I'm planning on going for lunch on a Sunday around maybe 2-3 pm. Would I still need to reserve for that time slot?

Oct 09, 2013
smaointe in France

Paris, need recs

John, are lunch reservations necessary for most places? I like your idea of going to the better places for lunch and would like to do that. I'm trying to plan out my restaurant itinerary at the moment and need to know how to tackle that issue I mentioned. Thanks!

Oct 09, 2013
smaointe in France

Paris, need recs

Hehe this is why I didn't want to name the places I settled on. I was fearing backlash from the CH community, but I chose Auberge and Comptoir (not the famous one) because they serve what I hear is good cassoulet. I know you can't get traditional cassoulet in Paris, but I searched long and hard for a place that served it in traditional style, ie in an earthenware dish. If you have better recs for this I'm all ears. In terms of the recs below I'll have a look. I'm not a French speaker but I am able to decipher some menu items on my own. I just wanted to choose one, maybe two, spots that were truly filled with locals and had good, regional, cuisine. Thanks!

Oct 01, 2013
smaointe in France

Paris, need recs

Good point. Sorry, was in a rush when posting this. My other dining destinations are: Auberge Pyrenees Cevennes, Comptoir de la Gastronomie, Bistrotters, Bofinger (not certain on this one yet, but wouldn't mind trying Alsation food for the first time), and Le Souffle.

Oct 01, 2013
smaointe in France

Paris, need recs

I'll look into these. Thanks!

Oct 01, 2013
smaointe in France

Paris, need recs

Merci beaucoup! I forgot to add that I'd also like to try something ethnic. Perhaps Moroccan. I love me some good bastilla. Are you well versed in this subject? If so, I'd love to hear suggestions.

Sep 30, 2013
smaointe in France

Paris, need recs

Hello, I am new to asking for advice here from fellow hounders. I will be in Paris mid-November for 4 nights. I've completed most of my dining list, however I'd like some recommendations for other options. I'm staying in the 7th, but that doesn't necessarily mean I have to focus my dining on that area. I'm looking for traditional fare, typically frequented by locals. I've read in the past about many bistros with young, up and coming, chefs popping up all over the city. This would be up my alley. Would also love to have some good confit de canard. Price point would be upwards of $50-60 per person (I'm not a wine drinker [sorry!], so don't include that when estimating price) for a three to four course meal (is that doable in Paris?). I hope this is descriptive enough. Parnassien, I'm especially looking for your suggestions :-).

Sep 30, 2013
smaointe in France

Food tours/cooking classes in Florence

Just wanted to get people's thoughts/suggestions for the topic in question. I'll be in Florence in September and want to try out something different for a change. For cooking classes, I'd rather stay away from pasta making centric classes. Thanks!

Apr 15, 2013
smaointe in Italy

Great eats in Florence and Salerno

Sorry if this is redundant in comparison to previous posts. I am looking for great dinner dining experiences in Florence for my trip this September. I'm traveling solo, so I'd like to keep costs down, but am willing to spend $60-$80 on one dinner. I heard a lot about Il Santo Bevitore and that is looking very promising. I think I want to find a place to try some truly authentic Florentine dishes such as ribolita (would this be available in early September?). I can avoid the bistecca because it will be too big for me. What other Florentine specialties should I try.

Also, any advice for great eats in Salerno? Thanks!

Apr 08, 2013
smaointe in Italy