Babbo's Feast of the 7 Fishes won't seat parties of eight (too large). Any other ideas? Italian seafood is a favorite but we are flexible. For this meal, (xmas eve) we'd most enjoy Italian, French or inventive American cuisines. Thanks hounds, Jordan
Hi John, Yes! Our Dining in Paris budget will go a lot farther eating out on other days and nights…we are all meat lovers so I am really excited to try lunch at HUGO DESNOYER. On my uncle's recent trip, he enjoyed Le Pantruche. Paul Bert seafood place sounds good and we have reservation at Cinq Mars in the 7th. Well, we are staying in an apt with a kitchen so eating in is an option… So where are we meeting on New Years Day? :)
Bonjour Hounds, My wife, 11 year old son (good eater) and I would like your suggestions for New Years Eve dinner in Paris. The high point of our evening will be our cruise along the Seine after dinner to admire the Eiffel Tower at midnight! The boat departs from Port de la Bourdonnais near the Eiffel Tower. Dinner at the bistros nearby (discussed here - Florimond, Reed, Le Petit Troquet, Cafe Constant) have special menus that are too extravagant for this particular night. We are interested in something simpler - traditional french or ethnic. We are staying in the Marais so suggestions in the 3rd or better yet near the Port de la Bourdonnais will be much appreciated. Thanks and Happy Holidays!
Thanks, fellow hounds, for the feedback. The dinner was $80/person but pretty good. Deviled eggs with truffle oil appetizer were delicious, salmon with grilled artichokes & risotto was beautifully cooked and tasty. Chicken was a bit disappointing. Bread pudding was huge & not very good. We drank 2 bottles of the wonderful Sancerre. It was a really fun evening.
Heading to the Magic Castle this Saturday night for dinner & shows to celebrate a friend's birthday. The mostly-all-terrible posts on Chow are from years ago...can anyone who's been in the last year recommend specific dishes to order? Is there any hope at all for us to have something decent?
When it comes to dim sum, my heart (and stomach) belong to Capitol Seafood: 755 West Garvey Avenue Monterey Park, CA 91754-2707 (626) 282-3318 PS - They serve from carts laden with mysterious delicacies...
Hello again Hounds, The NBC birthday banquet was a hit. Delicious food, great service loads of fun. I want to offer special thanks to ipsedixit, J.L., Galen, raytamsgv, selfportrait93, Mr. Roboto and Das Ubergeek for helping me with finetuning the menu. We had a private room for a party of 11 people. The bill for the food was $500. NBC manager Kenny did a great job. Here's what we had: Cold Jellyfish Peking Duck (2 courses - Crispy skin with buns and hoisin sauce, then minced meat in lettuce cups) Sharks Fin with Crab Meat Soup Snow Pea Leaves with Garlic Bulb Stir Fried Lobster with Garlic Pan Fried Oyster and Scrambled Egg Asparagus with Black Bean Sauce Braised Scallop with XO Sauce Prawns with Pepper Salt (a favorite for many of the diners) Steamed Fish with Ginger and Scallion Longevity Noodle (長壽面)
Birthday Buns, Tarro Paste (芋泥餡)
Thanks again Hounds for making the dinner extra special!
Hello Hounds, I'm planning my birthday dinner for about dozen people. I've decided on Hong Kong style seafood. A buddy and I checked out a few of the most popular Chow-spots last night (Saturday). We visited Capital, Elite, Sea Harbor, 888 and NBC. As of now, I'm leaning toward a private room at NBC. I've listed below the banquet menu that fits my budget. I'm looking for suggestions to improve the menu even if it costs a bit more. I'm not a fan of suckling pig, so I will ask to replace it with a prawn dish. Are there other preparations or other dishes that aren't included on this menu that you would suggest I add or swap for?
NBC banquet menu (for 10 persons): Roasted Suckling Pig Platter Pan Fried Scallops House Special Fried Crab's Clamps [sic] Stewed Sharks Fin with Crab meat Sliced Abalone & Sea Cucumber with Oyster Sauce Roasted Whole Peking Duck Baked Lobster French Style Steamed Live Fish Special Fried Rice with Lotus Leaves Desert