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Searching for a Special Occasion Restaurant in Paris

Based on your criteria, I think you might be looking for somewhere like Le Bon Georges, not at all stuffy, better than average food, bustling and in my 3 visits pleasant service. It is also easy to find from La Madeleine; about 4 stops on the metro line 12 with no changes to Pl. St. Georges.

Jul 11, 2015
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couple weeks in paris

OK, I'll take a shot at your list:
#1-Hexagone
#2-les Comptoirs du Médòc
#3-Baan-Boran
#4-Gare aux Gorilles

Jul 10, 2015
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Lyon, France - Poulet de Bresse?

Or you could go to the source, "Auberge Bressane" in Bourg-en-Bresse, about an hour's drive from Lyon.

Jul 06, 2015
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Paris - back to the 9th, all of September

So apparently you are staying on Rue H. Monnier. We haven't been to Les Affranchis since last Oct. but enjoyed it. Right across the street is a favorite little green spot in the 9th, Pl. Toudouze, lovely with a few café/restaurants of varying quality. I have not gotten around to Buvette yet, my friends give it mixed reviews and yes we will be around in Sept/October.

Jul 03, 2015
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PARIS TONIGHT: Restaurants within 10-15 mins of Best Western Horset Opera

We have had a couple of very enjoyable meals at Le Bistro Volnay very close to your hotel.

Jul 02, 2015
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Paris - back to the 9th, all of September

Peter I congratulate you on your research and the resultant list. I have eaten at 5 of your picks in the last 3 weeks and found them more than satisfactory. Two are new, Michelin star-worthy; Louis and Les Comptoirs du Médòc. The 1st is a no choice chef's menu of 6 or 8 delectable small dishes, the other has a menu limited to 2 choices for entrée and main course but there are a few seasonal dishes you can choose à la carte. 2 others are also new and different. Gare aux Gorilles was delicious and unpretentious with carefully prepared dishes of top quality, plated nicely; very reminiscent of Septime when it was new. Comptoirs Canailles is friendly and we enjoyed it so much that we followed up our lunch with dinner a week later. They take pride in their beef which is prominently displayed in a large aging case as you enter...and they should. 3 of us shared a fine côte de boeuf cooked exactly as requested, between blue and saignant.

I have been less than thrilled at Table des Anges and Les Coulisses, as well as upstairs at À Noste but continue to love the downstairs tapas servings there. Les Saisons has to be one of the best rapport qualité/prix places in the 9th, and Philippe at Le Bouclier de Bacchus has to be among the friendliest hosts anywhere. Bistrot la Bruyère is still on my go to list in the neighborhood. Caillebotte and Pantruche are interchangeable but in spite of the good food we quit going because of the elbow to elbow crowding with the concomitant noise level.
Damn! I didn't mean to blather so much, but there it is.

Jul 02, 2015
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Report: Pirouette

Carry on Plafield. You are appreciated, just more by some of us than others.

May 31, 2015
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Cote d'Azur Questions

I endorse Mirazur and Le Figuier de St Esprit. Here is my report on Mirazur: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9915.... You might enjoy something more casual in Nice, the Bistro du Port.

Apr 15, 2015
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Paris Dinner and Focus on Wine

I am in agreement with Jock, we have been there 4 or 5 times. Coincidentally, 2 of those times with our friend, mentioned upthread by Carlosnbud, who can arrange anything from a simple tasting in your apt. to a full blown private tour.

Apr 04, 2015
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A 3rd Paris Itinerary Post For Solo Dining

One of Chowhound's favorites,Chez Dumonet, is only about a 2 min. walk from where you are staying. It is located at the foot of Rue Mayet where it terminates at Cherche Midi. Equally close is the excellent Quatrehommes cheese shop on Rue de Sevres. A bit further on Cherche-Midi is the well regarded Poilane bakery. I applaud your research, your list is excellent.

Mar 08, 2015
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Books, Mostly About Food, Food, Delicious Food in Paris and Brussels

Not many people mention it on Chowhound but our own Ptipois has authored many food related books which can be found on Amazon. Out of respect for her privacy, I will leave it up to her to reveal her name.

Feb 20, 2015
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My Final Choices For Eclectic Dining in Paris & Marseille

We very much enjoyed La Boîte à Sardines on our visit last year...fresh, local seafood, prepared simply and reasonably priced. It is a pleasant walk straight up Canebière from your hotel, where we also stayed and loved the open view down to the old port. Alec Lobrano did a nice write up on La Boîte à Sardine. It has rather bare bones tables and a pleasantly tacky decor, quite a contrast from the upscale restaurants in our hotel.

Jan 25, 2015
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Budget dining in Paris?

4 of us went to Le Timgad last Wed. and had quite a feast which included a very good couscous.

Oct 26, 2014
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Paris -- staying in the 9th for two weeks November

Congratulations on your choices, obviously you have done your home work. The 9th is my home base for a few months each year and I heartily endorse my neighbor and friend , Parigi's advice.

A few additional comments expressing my opinions; if you like Pantruche you will like Caillebotte, same owners. I do like the food but no longer frequent either one because of the elbow to elbow seating and intolerable noise level.

I suggest you order Basque specialities at Cantine de la Cigale as we ordered mixed items and were disappointed in the non-Basque plates.

The Bouclier de Bacchus offers wine off the shelf to C.O.P. with no corkage fee and the owner, Philippe, is probably as nice a guy as we have met anywhere. Not many weeks have gone by that we haven't stopped by for an assiette de charcuterie and a new bottle that he recommends.

We strongly endorse Bistro de la Bruyère, it is currently our favorite in the quartier. Two additional recommendations for a touch more expensive restaurants would be Les Premices and Le Petrelle.

You have chosen a great neighborhood.

Oct 24, 2014
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Paris -- staying in the 9th for two weeks November

Congratulations on your choices, obviously you have done your home work. The 9th is my home base for a few months each year and I heartily endorse my neighbor and friend , Parigi's, advice.

A few additional comments expressing my opinions; if you like Pantruche you will like Caillebotte, same owners. I do like the food but no longer frequent either one because of the elbow to elbow seating and intolerable noise level.

I suggest you order Basque specialities at Cantine de la Cigale as we ordered mixed items and were disappointed in the non-Basque plates.

The Bouclier de Bacchus offers wine off the shelf to C.O.P. with no corkage fee and the owner, Philippe, is probably as nice a guy as we have met anywhere. Not many weeks have gone by that we haven't stopped by for an assiette de charcuterie and a new bottle that he recommends.

We strongly endorse Bistro de la Bruyère, it is currently our favorite in the quartier. Two additional recommendations for a touch more expensive restaurants would be Les Premices and Le Petrelle.

You have chosen a great neighborhood.

Oct 24, 2014
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Budget dining in Paris?

Could we get the schedule when this may be re broadcast?

Oct 23, 2014
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Paris from mid-September to mid-October!

To me, this was your most helpful review. Thanks for telling it just as you experienced it.

Oct 21, 2014
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Paris: ramen? pho? tofu stew? Or any other amazing soup! (for tonight!)

I wouldn't pretend to know beans about Asian soups but would follow Parigi anywhere. However Ms. L. feels that the onion soup at La Rotonde is a decent example of a dying classic.

Oct 21, 2014
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Budget dining in Paris?

Another decent place for a lunch in your price range is "Ratapoil" on the border of the 9th&10th arrondissements. I think the carte pictured explains the deal.

Do you need more?

Oct 21, 2014
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Budget dining in Paris?

There are several places where you can have a better than decent lunch at your price point. One is "Will" located close to the Marché d' Aligre. Either 2 small appetizers + a main dish or a main + dessert for €19. Add a glass of wine and you are right on target.
Look carefully at the upper right of the photo and you hopefully can read about the formula dejeuner.

Oct 21, 2014
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Neige d'Eté?

Three of us did have lunch there last week and were wowed. This part of the 15th gets few tourists but is easy to get to by metro or bus (#80). The exterior is an attractive grey but the name is in very small letters, so pay attention to the address. The interior has a clean, modern look with widely separated, cushy seating and a large, immaculate kitchen where no less than 5 intensely concentrating personnel were working with a quiet precision which, it seems to me, is common in higher end Japanese kitchens. The entire staff is Japanese but the cuisine is decidedly French using top quality ingredients; Bertin for vegetables and beef from Metzger who supplies places like Plaza Athenée, Akrame, and Georges Blanc.

The lunch menu is no choice; amuse bouche, entrée, main course, dessert and mignardises, all for €35. There is a possibility of wine pairings which we chose based on the reputation of the sommelier. You are asked when calling for reservations and again when arriving if you have any dis-likes or allergies.

Our amuse bouche was a fine salmon tartar served in a bowl of watercress purée, topped with caviar...my bouche was quite amused. The entrée was encornet pôelé with barley containing mussels and girolles with one perfect langoustine.

The main course was a superb onglet of black angus with the jus served alongside and a medley of potatoes and mushrooms. this Olivier Metzger doesn't have to take a back seat to the very good Desnoyer or Le Bourdonnec, even though he is not quite as well known. The dessert was called Toute Pêche...very light, but bursting with peach flavor.

On Le Vénérable's rating scale I would give it an 8+

Good luck on the photos!

Oct 19, 2014
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8 days near Le Marche D'Aligre

I visit Jean-François Renard's quirky "Tintilou" every visit. This place is not for everyone as he is very inventive and you almost never see a repeat dish. The prices are more than reasonable for this level of cooking. We just celebrated our 45th anniversary there Saturday night and even though Sat. Nights are not the time to necessarily receive a restaurants most careful attention (the calendar doesn't take your consideration under advisement), we were treated as attentively as if it was a nonrushed Tues. lunch.

Just as an example of his unusual dishes, we were served something on the "Menu Surprise" called a pissaladière which was anything but...a slice of eggplant topped with a disk of pastry, topped with a slice of lightly crisped, seasoned boudin noir which in turn was topped with bite size chunks of lobster. Ms L., who normally avoids boudin noir as if it were andouillette, gobbled it down with pleasure.

We tend to have become more traditional in our taste with age, but this chef just hits all the right notes and keeps us coming back for his decidedly non-traditional cuisine and eclectic tableware and serving pieces; always a unique experience.

Oct 08, 2014
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Mirazur in Menton

A. Lobrano stated unequivocally that Mirazur is the best restaurant on the Côte d'Azur. Normally I shrug at "best" because of the implication that one has studiously tried everything in the category but my recent 2 week stay between Antibes and Menton could only make me add respect to that which I already had for M. Lobrano.

The site is superb with a view over Menton and the Mediterranean Sea from the whole restaurant, the décor is pleasing with space between tables, the staff is well informed and pleasant and the cuisine worthy of its 2 stars. We chose one of the lower end (€70)lunch menus and the array of dazzling small plates began. The pacing was just right, we never felt rushed nor forgotten. Among our favorites were tempura-ed salicorne, a diaphanous crab cannelloni, a tomato-fig-burrata granite, artfully sliced smoked calamari with artichoke, slow-cooked lamb with figs, a filet of pomfret, which I think we call pompano in Florida, served with mussels and a delicious sauce. There were others including "light" desserts, if indeed chocolate can be deemed light. The cheese tray was a thing of beauty (not included on the menu)and we left absolutely sated, palatally and visually.

Oct 08, 2014
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Neige d'Eté?

3 of us are having lunch there next week, so if no one reports back before then, I will.

Oct 06, 2014
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Caius

Paula we leave on Nov. 1.

Oct 02, 2014
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Caius

I don't know why we don't frequent this excellent restaurant more often. Yesterday was only the 4th time we have dined there since it opened and each time we come away thinking, Wow, we must come back. Perhaps the location is not on our usual routes except when we get our haircut near by, but neither is L'Assiette, Court Bouillon, etc. Anyway, we did and it was just as good as ever. The products are top-notch, veal from the Correze, vegetables from Annie Bertin, free range poultry, spices from exotic locales, bread approaching perfection and the appearance is pleasing; blond wood paneling, attractive, comfortable seating and the aroma of the spices which are always on display titillate the palate.

There are a handful of choices on the 3 course menu for €42 which have been different on each of our visits. Today we had starters of velouté of yellow chanterelles with white Paimpol beans and gambas "Cajun" with grated fennel and soy.

Our mains were a large ravioli of beef cheeks, generously served in a cocotte with shiitake mushrooms swimming in a bouillon of pied de veau, then a poitrine de Cochon poached, caramelized and also served with whole "bio" carrots in a cocotte with more than a dozen baby clams. One of the best renditions ever, made more interesting by the spices, most noticeably cinnamon, which was better than it sounded. Desserts were fine but not as interesting.

Sep 30, 2014
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Paris In Early October

Here is the cassoulet from l'Assiette last night...I almost was able to finish it.

Sep 12, 2014
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Paris In Early October

Let me offer recent experiences relating to a couple of your requests. I enjoy about one good brasserie experience a month and my favorite is La Rotonde on Blvd. Montparnasse, followed by Le Stella on Ave. Victor Hugo, then, especially for seafood, Le Garnier, across from Gare St. Lazare.

I owe part of my considerable girth to a weakness for cassoulet, and even though I think of it as a winter dish, I succumbed just last night to a very good version at L'Assiette on Rue du Chateau. In the past I have enjoyed Christian Constant's version at Le Violon d'Ingres as well as at Au Trou Gascon in the 12th.

Sep 12, 2014
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Recommendation for anniversary dinner in Paris

My default restaurant for special occasions is La Grande Cascade.

Jul 12, 2014
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Cold Weather Dishes?

Hard to improve on what you have mentioned, but one of my favorites is Pascal Guillaumin's chou farci at Le Florimond. It is seasoned pork wrapped in cabbage leaves and served piping hot in a casserole with delicious gravy.

Another great winter dish , baeckeoffe, comes from the Alsace but as of yet I haven't found an exemplary version in Paris. Perhaps some of our heartier trenchermen(people) on Chowhound might be able to help.

Jun 16, 2014
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