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Caius

Paula we leave on Nov. 1.

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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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What food/restaurants do you crave when not in Paris?

For years my answer was bread, cheese and foie gras but now I have to be more specific as things have become more available where I live, so now it is bread from Landemaine on Rue des Martyrs, Vacherin Mont d'Or and St. Marcellin cheeses. I also miss Philippe with his big smile, friendly wine advice and affordable prices at Le Bouclier de Bacchus.

Jun 16, 2014
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VegasGourmet suggested we start a running list of the JT food scale, a solid 5.5 of comfort food that is both unique to Paris as well as comforting.

John I am one of the few who seem to enjoy your attempt at numerical ratings and understand many of the fore-mentioned shortfalls of trying to do what you so heroically continue to attempt. Through the years I have learned to interpret your ratings and calibrate them in a manner that is useful to me...are they infallible, of course not but you are referred to as the "venerable" not the pope. Please just keep soldiering on.

Jun 09, 2014
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Escargot

Thanks for sharing your expertise on a subject which I have never been able to get much consensus.

Jun 04, 2014
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July Paris trip and Loire Valley report

Thanks to a strong recommendation from John Talbott we tried Kigawa and were very impressed, probably our best new find this trip... I believe they are open on Sunday.

Jun 03, 2014
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Le Court Bouillon

Long time Chow Hound members may recall that I have mentioned this place a few times when people ask for traditional cuisine, but after biannual trips since 2009 it is time to write it up.

The location at the corner of Rue du Theatre and Georges Citerne in the 15th is not exactly a tourist magnet so you must be purpose driven to run across it; we only discovered it when we rented an apt. across the street in 2009 shortly after it opened.

Traditional cuisine in this case means in the vein of Taillevent and Plaza Athénée where the chef/owner worked for over a decade. The tables are nicely dressed, the decor is soothing with nice lighting and artwork and no intrusive music...I know, I know get to the food. Our favorite starters are a classic Ravioles de Royans in a rich cheese sauce, bouchées de langoustine in an orange sauce, and the ravigote of crab.

My favorite main is the generous and top quality côte de boeuf when someone is willing to share, as it is for two. Ms. L. is not a beef maniac so she usually gets the filet d'agneau or we get the Côte de veau for two.

This is all under "The Venerable's"category of boring food but if perchance you get over-dosed with David Toutain (no chance), Inaki or Pierre and crave traditional cuisine in a nice setting with approachable prices you could do worse.

May 31, 2014
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A long lunch in the 2nd

Since you leave us a bit of latitude between your 2 choices, perhaps Claude Colliot might fit your criteria and it is only about a 2 min walk from the Pompidou.

May 30, 2014
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Neva cuisine - review

Unfortunately I don't know how to do a Bronx cheer on the internet, Ms Repetto.

May 27, 2014
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Neva cuisine - review

What great photos. Coincidentally, 3 of us dined with Mme Gonzales last night and the octopus dish was one of the best of our 2 month stay, visually a delight, with the juxtaposition of textures and flavors, the cucumber opposite the avocado with the octopus playing harmony. We eat here at least once each trip since she opened and one of our group usually gets the crousti-fondant ris de veau and last night was no exception. Perhaps she read your post because it had the same crispy exterior and unctuous interior that keeps bringing me back. Her pastry chef is a master, I hope he will stay put; as you undoubtedly know they were together at La Grande Cascade and I think their combination is symmetry of a high order for a restaurant at this price level.

Thanks for the eloquent in both languages review.

May 27, 2014
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Celebration in Paris

I think Restaurant David Toutain meets your criteria.

May 21, 2014
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On reserving multiple tables

I think this subject needs to be broached frequently. Someone posted one day ago that they had booked two places at the same time.

Maybe some are just selfish, uncaring, rude, but I think many are just not thinking of how unfair this practice is to the restaurant.

May 21, 2014
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Septime or David Toutain for a vegetarian?

Flip a coin, both are very good. I would probably go with Toutain but that may be because we were just there. The spacing and decor is also a bit nicer.

May 21, 2014
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What good Paris restaurants don't take reservations? Please add to:

Café Richer, Café Constant, Les Cocottes come to mind.

May 20, 2014
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Recommendations in/near the 7th Needed

The 7th is not a good place to find €16-10 lunches. Our favorites in the area for a bit more are Bistro Belhara on Rue Duvivier, the newly re-worked Le Florimond on Lamotte-Piquet, Reed on rue Amelie, the no reserve Constant duo on St. Dominique . If you want to bump up the price a bit, Restaurant David Toutain is excellent and La Cuisine and Chez Les Anges are all good.

Probably the most highly regarded fromagerie close to you is Marie Cantin on Rue Champ de Mars. For wine, I think Rue Cler has a Nicolas and Repaire de Bacchus.

There is no reason for you to go hungry or thirsty anywhere near
Rue Malar.

May 20, 2014
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Boulangerie in 16th?

We are staying in that area and the best we have found is at 111 Rue de Longchamps, Patisserie des Reves.

May 20, 2014
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help me decide pls

With only the info you provide my answer would be Goust and when you decide please call and cancel the other.

May 19, 2014
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Where would you go on a Sunday ?

We have a few "go to" places on Sunday which we normally consider a brasserie day, thus La Rotonde, Stella or Garnier. Also we enjoy the no reservations Café Richer and either plan around a late Sunday lunch or early dinner if we are in the mood for something more modern.

May 19, 2014
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BYOB-Anathema or a Possibility

I have seen a €20 droit de bouchon posted 2 times on this trip, but have never tried it. One restaurant posted it on their web-site, maybe Chez les Anges.

May 15, 2014
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Paris trip in progress 2: Le BAT, Le Richer, Buvette, Will, Pirouette, La Cantine de la Cigale

Very well written report. Are you staying in the 9th as most of your experiences are there or close by?

May 14, 2014
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4 Dinners in Paris

John Talbott has it right; another simple way of putting it is Le Lulli is an elegant restaurant whereas La Bruyère is a nice bistro with a good chef/owner.

May 13, 2014
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4 Dinners in Paris

From your list, I haven't been to Breizh or the Bistro de Valois but have been a few times to the others and enjoyed them all. You have good variety of choices from "white glove" service at Le Lulli, through two fine representatives of updated bistros, Pirouette and Bistro La Bruyere, to the very casual and friendly, no choice for entree spot, Les Papilles.

You could combine Les Papilles with a visit to Rue Mouffetard, Pirouettes with Rue Montorgueil and the same with La Bruyere and another good market street, Rue des Martyrs.

I congratulate you on doing your homework.

May 12, 2014
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A week at the Shangri-la Hotel. .

I always get a kick at how replies to straightforward, simple questions morph into philosophical discourses. Perhaps a straightforward, simple answer would be that the food is above average but very expensive and yes a few of us have been there recently.

May 10, 2014
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A week at the Shangri-la Hotel. .

I certainly agree that it is expensive and like you I know why.

May 09, 2014
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A week at the Shangri-la Hotel. .

Pricey indeed but anyone spending a week at the Shangri-la is probably not too worried about price, and indeed the setting, service, presentation and quality were of the highest order.

May 09, 2014
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A week at the Shangri-la Hotel. .

Ms. L. and I had probably the finest Cantonese meal of our lives at the Shang Palace last Oct.with impeccable service (our tea cups never went empty) in beautiful surroundings. We started with pork stuffed dim sum then ordered family style so we could share, mix and match style; fried rice, spicy shrimp with asparagus and a trio of roasted meats, strips of duck, pork and chicken.

Dessert was a refreshing platter of exotic fruits. here is a photo of our main course, family style and the fruit platter.

May 08, 2014
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