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Help with Beaune restaurants

The restaurant.

1 day ago
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Birthday dinner for two, Saturday April 26th in Paris

Try reserving on-line at La Grande Cascade for full blown romance(http://www.restaurantsparisiens.com/r...).

A less "blow the doors off" suggestion would be the Auberge du 15 which is considerably easier to reach from St Germain

Apr 15, 2014
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Help with Beaune restaurants

Ms. L and I had a memorable, long, lazy lunch there one Sunday a couple of years back. Not inexpensive but we felt the service, ambience and cuisine commensurate with the cost. The setting is lovely, the cheese cart a model of Burgundian cheeses and the desserts photo-worthy.

Apr 15, 2014
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Leg of Lamb?

Sounds good; let us know when. That may be earlier than we want to buy the lamb but can certainly check it out. We saw you pass us by with your chariot today, waved frantically from our table at Café Richer but to no avail.

Apr 06, 2014
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Leg of Lamb?

He is the one I am reaching out for. It was Felice who purchased it and I haven't found a better one yet.

Apr 06, 2014
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Leg of Lamb?

We would like to prepare a roast leg of lamb at home for Easter. Would some of our local notables (Ptipois, Souphie, Parigi, Phyllis, et al) mention a butcher shop in Paris that you have confidence in the consistent quality of their lamb?

Apr 06, 2014
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Reserve Your Côte de Boeuf?

Thanks Ptipois, I am confident you will come up with the answer; I had just never seen this before and wondered if it is a new thing.

Apr 05, 2014
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Reserve Your Côte de Boeuf?

That could possibly be it. I asked how long in advance and was told a few days. Anyway this was the 1st time I have encountered this requirement and thought it a bit unusual.

Apr 05, 2014
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Reserve Your Côte de Boeuf?

We chose the same corner table thinking it would be more private.
Did you notice the Côte de boeuf (sur resâ)?
Maybe our resident culinary walking encyclopedia, sometimes known as Ptipois will offer some elucidation.

Apr 05, 2014
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Reserve Your Côte de Boeuf?

3 of us just tried a new to us bistro in our neighborhood (St Georges), "Le Bon Georges", and found it quite good. It is where the good Italian chef Del Orto was, but the enthusiastic young owner has put up a new façade, tile floors and other expensive touches to change the appearance to an old style bistro.

He very proudly features beef from the Polmard family, who I think are in the Lorraine and raise Blonde de Aquitaine beef. What was unusual to me was that when I asked about the Côte de boeuf it was explained that this must be reserved in advance! Being unaware of this stratagem I settled for a pavé which was indeed quite good. It is also prominently displayed that the steaks can only be ordered bleu or saignant which is just fine with me, but if you prefer medium to medium rare be fore warned.

Our guest ordered carpaccio au couteau which was generously served and we all agreed it was of good quality. Ms.L. broke the beef monopoly and ordered the fricassée de volaille au vin jaune which was also unanimously declared tasty and at €23 was €6 less than our 2 beef dishes. There is a choice of garnitures and the frites were excellent whereas the gratin was merely good.

Apparently this place has become an immediate hit as it was full for lunch and the pleasant owner cautioned that you should reserve.

Our only fault was the noise level; the thick drapes at Del Orto absorbed noise while the new/old tile and all hard surfaces amplify it.

Apr 05, 2014
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Paris recommendations on Sunday & Monday?

One of my favorite bistros that is open on Monday is "Bistrot la Bruyère" , 31 Rue la Bruyére in the 9th, metro St. Georges.

Apr 03, 2014
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May weekend in Paris - researched.

We found it good to excellent our last visit which was admittedly a couple of years back, so not so recent.

Apr 01, 2014
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Ongoing Visit in the Gard

Our most entertaining weekend guests added a couple of very enjoyable in-home dinners. One pictured below is partially described by Parigi, she omitted the small roasted potatoes, young parsnips, the 1st white asparagus of the season and her own delicious garlic mayonnaise which she and I ate with everything including a spoon.

Her well trained house-husband also prepared a 2nd, more casual dinner of sausages, potatoes, artichokes while breaking me up with his ever ready ironic observations. Again, Parigi's freshly whipped mayo was liberally applied to everything in sight. Costiere de Nimes wines were involved both times.

Mar 31, 2014
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Ongoing Visit in the Gard

We profited from the pleasant weather by dining on the terrace of "30Sud" with a carafe of the pleasant house rosé. Ms. L. Had an unusual presentation of lamb brochette, the skewer with its generous chunks of delicious lamb is suspended vertically over the plate from a metal stand...easy to slide the pieces down directly onto your waiting plate.

I had an entire magret du canard, nicely roasted with a crisp exterior and pink interior. It was sauced with a reduction of its juices and cassis...I ate it all.

Both plates were served with crushed potatoes, a well-dressed salad and roasted tomatoes.

Dessert was a trilogy of a raspberry macaron, chocolate ganache cake and a scoop of pineapple sorbet. If you are overcome with hunger while pottery shopping you could do much worse than this friendly little spot on the Place aux Mortes in St Quentin la Poterie.

Mar 28, 2014
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Ongoing Visit in the Gard

The 1st should be in your inbox.

Mar 27, 2014
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Ongoing Visit in the Gard

Mangeur, if you have some way of privately sending me your email, I will get it to you.

Mar 27, 2014
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Ongoing Visit in the Gard

Our #2 favorite was, in spite of its cutesy name, "La Table 2 Julien" in Montaren, which is only about 2 miles from Uzès.
The cuisine is impeccably fresh as the 3 course lunch menu for an unbelievable €24, changes daily. The setting is pleasantly modern and the service led by Julien's companion, the smiling Jennifer, is cordial and accommodating; one lunch visit the menu main course was fish and Jennifer sensed my wife's reticence and suggested substituting a meat instead. Two excellent starters from the lunch menu were, a serving of crunchy green beans with pine nuts topped with a pelardon rolled in sesame seeds and a slice of cured ham; the other a good asparagus risotto topped with 3 prawns. The mains were pork medallions with julienned vegetables and a quasi de veau served over a purée of sweet potatoes and lightly sautéed onions and peppers. I shall forego describing the desserts and mignardises and just state that they were delightful.

Mar 27, 2014
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Ongoing Visit in the Gard

I shall be happy to do just that but space and time constraints will limit me to one review per post. At l'Artemise there were 7 or 8 courses. Some of the highlights were starters of sliced smoked beets over an oyster/scallop tartare, brandade with bits of chorizo. Fish dishes were stuffed sole over young spinach accompanied by fresh green asparagus, and another time sandre which appeared to have been pan seared, served over a choucroute with baby clams and artichokes. A couple of meat dishes were a superb cutlet of entrecôte served with a baby turnip, onion and carrots as well as tasty potato croquettes. Another was a tenderloin of Pata Negra pork with new white asparagus served over a duxelle of mushrooms. Desserts and mignardises were fine but overkill.

Mar 26, 2014
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Ongoing Visit in the Gard

Mangeur...I don't think you will be too disappointed in the Hostellerie Provençale or its way above average restaurant, "Le Parenthese". That is where we stayed our 1st visit several years back right after it opened.

Mar 26, 2014
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Ongoing Visit in the Gard

We are at the tail end of a 2 week stay in the Gard using a rented town-house in Uzès as our base. We had spent 3 nights here some 14-15 yrs. ago and vowed to come back for a more leisurely visit when circumstances permitted. We love the Lot & Dordogne valley areas as well as the Luberon among other areas in the southern part of France, but find that the villages of the Gard are perhaps a bit more "real" than the tourist laden villages such as St Cirq la Popie, Lourmarin, Sablet, St Remy de Provence, Ile sur la Sorgue, etc.

Uzès offers a favorable combination of size, history and facilities that appeals to us; there is a very good market on Saturdays and a smaller, more user friendly one on Wednesdays.

The preceding paragraphs are perhaps inappropriate on Chowhound so let me cut to the chase. Our favorite restaurant in Uzès is l'Artemise which we have visited for 2 lunches and one dinner (to celebrate a birthday of a Chowhound friend). The menu is the same at both services with a choice of 3 differently priced no-choice menus. If the weather is pleasant we prefer lunch as it is nice to dine on the terrace with the appealing views across the valley and the charming exterior of the buildings which were formerly the summer residence of the arch-bishop.

Just a cut below in ambiance is another spot we have also visited 3 times, La Table 2 Julien, in the neighboring village of Montaren. The young chef there has the best rapport qualité-prix we have experienced anywhere; a 3 course fixed menu at lunch for €24 that wowed us, shades of Daniel Rose when he had his original place up in the 9th.

Another more casual place with a charming terrace and well prepared food is 30 Sud in the pottery dominated little village of St Quentin la Poterie; friendly owner/chef/server, affordable and delicious.

The last place I will mention today is even more rustic and better known, often mentioned by the ever reliable Mangeur, called Le Tracteur, on the outskirts of the village, Argilliers. We have been twice and enjoyed it. The terrace is graced by its name sake, an ancient Massey Ferguson tractor. The interior escapes my ability to describe other than to use the over-used term "eclectic". The chef seemingly works solo behind a long, Waffle House type counter, turning out his 2 choice menu to a packed house even at this time which is not the high season. The walls are adorned with art work none of which screamed out "buy me", but the choices listed on the chalk board did. A very enjoyable place.

If anyone is interested in more than my sketchy details just ask.

Mar 26, 2014
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Food recommendations in or near the 17th

Give us an address or nearest metro to you.

Mar 03, 2014
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Recommendations for Paris: Breakfast, lunch, maybe dinner and where is the best foie gras pate?

I cringe a bit when asked for "best" but one of my favorite purveyors of terrines and pâtés is Les Papilles Gourmande, my favorites there are "Grand-mère" and "Basque" as well as any rillette she has that day.

I order my foie gras torchon from the chef at the restaurant Tintilou.

Mar 02, 2014
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What person would you most like to dine with in Paris? No rules, Jesus to Dieudonné M'bala.

My #1 choice would be R.W.(Johnny)Apple. The gargantuan meal, with more than sufficient wine, would undoubtedly be garnished with delicious conversation based on his life experiences.

Mar 02, 2014
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Under-appreciated, under-hyped, under-NYT-crowned places that deserve attention.

I will add Bistros Bruyere and Belhara.

Feb 28, 2014
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Please review my restaurant choices - Beaune area

We also rented a stone cottage in the vineyards between Beaune and Nuits St George about 2 years ago and enjoyed many of the places on your list. I would add La Cabotte in N.S.G. which we tried about 3 times in our 2 weeks and possibly eliminate Tontons in Beaune. It was not bad, just underwhelming compared to Ma Cuisine, La Chambolle, La Cabotte and others.

We never made it to Grilladine but Le Montrachet and Hostellerie de Levernois are fine dining choices, well suited for a leisurely Sunday meal.

Feb 25, 2014
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2014 Michelin

I am in agreement; if you didn't know otherwise the assumption would be Japanese owner or chef.

Feb 25, 2014
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2014 Michelin

I didn't mention "Qui Plume la Lune" even though it has strong Japanese influences because to my knowledge (2nd hand from J.-F. Renard who also was influenced by his time in Japan) the chef-owner is French but spent time in Japan.

Feb 25, 2014
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2014 Michelin

It seems that, according to "Big Red", the Japanese chefs are out-cheffing everyone in Paris with Jin, ES, Okuda winning macarons this year. Congratulations also to Septime and Goust.

Feb 24, 2014
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Visiting Paris - restaurant recommendations needed in the 15th

A chowhound favorite close to you is "Grand Pan". The search function should give you a bit of information about it.

Feb 23, 2014
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Le Caillebotte restaurant .9th arrondissement,Paris

Parigi, I guess we have been reclassified.

Feb 21, 2014
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