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Milan in August - recommendations for tomorrow please

Thank you badwaiter. This is very helpful.

Aug 22, 2011
parislovernyc in Italy

Milan in August - recommendations for tomorrow please

My partner and I have just arrived in Milan after two weeks in the Sud Tirol and would greatly appreciate any recommendations of restaurants open tomorrow (Monday) for lunch and dinner. We are looking for delicious pasta with pesto for lunch (I realize we're in MIlan and not Genoa, but thought we'd try) and wonderful seafood or veal for dinner. Many places are closed for the August holiday so any recommendations will be greatly appreciated. If you have any other great ideas for us (we don't have to have pesto for lunch), please send them along. I have searched the board already but haven't found the answers I am hoping for. Thanks, Chowhounders, in advance. We are avid readers of Chowhound France and it's nice to cross the border to the Italian side for a change.

Aug 21, 2011
parislovernyc in Italy

High End (Michelin) Restaurant Recs for a Veg and non Veg eater in Paris

Souphie: Does this mean you only recommend Le Cinq for the prix fixe lunch?

Jan 25, 2010
parislovernyc in France

Is L'ami Louis worth it?

Thanks Souphie for your quick reply. Much appreciated.

Jan 13, 2010
parislovernyc in France

Is L'ami Louis worth it?

For those of us who might want to go (I haven't been for years but am thinking of going in March) and have lots of flexibility as to what day and what meal, is there a best time to go to L'Ami Louis? Sunday lunch or dinner? Weekdays? I'd appreciate the thoughts of the experienced ones (Souphie, DCM, et. al.).

Jan 13, 2010
parislovernyc in France

Ledoyen: A Sad Experience

We went to Les Petites Sorcières last spring and everything was very oversalted so made for a very disappointing lunch. I was really looking forward to Ms. Arabian's cooking, too, but ended up being very turned off.

Dec 03, 2009
parislovernyc in France

Paris--best pastries to try

Thanks to Souphie and Parigi for the ringing endorsement of Seurre. I don't know it, but intend to know it well.

Nov 18, 2009
parislovernyc in France

Paris--best pastries to try

Thanks for the recommendation, Souphie. We'll be back in Paris in March and will make a beeline to rue Lebon the first Saturday.

Nov 18, 2009
parislovernyc in France

Paris--best pastries to try

I don't have a next favorite, as nothing ever came close for me, but now I will, alas, have to start a new search and I'm grateful for the suggestions given here. I drowned my sorror over the (I hope, temporary) loss of Pierre Herme's classic almond croissant by focusing on his totally superb kugelhof instead. I know it may be too sweet for some chowhounds, but I think it's the best. By the way, I would also recommend the pain cereal at Secco in the 7th. It's not pastry but it's really good.

Nov 17, 2009
parislovernyc in France

Paris--best pastries to try

I am a huge Pierre Herme fan, but I agree completely with RandyB. The Isfahan croissant is awful. The tragedy, so to speak, is that it has replaced the almond croissant at PH, which was IMHO the best almond croissant I ever tasted

Nov 16, 2009
parislovernyc in France

Au Pied de Cochon, Bofinger, Chartier-which is most fun?

If you decide to go to Bofinger, insist on sitting downstairs in the main room. If they take you upstairs, just leave. It is dreary and boring. We took my partner's two children (in their 20's) to Bofinger for all the reasons you describe, but sitting upstairs was awful and I regret we stayed.

Nov 15, 2009
parislovernyc in France

Now it's time to explore a more Parisienne Paris-need your help!!

Though it's in the 5th, patisserie Carl Marletti, 51 rue Cencier, is magnificent. The tarte citron and eclairs are soooo vaut le voyage. And you can sit at one of the two tiny tables in front and have your pastry and a coffee. And while you're in the neighborhood, walk a bit further down rue Monge to the Boulangerie Monge. You won't be disappointed in either place, I promise.

Nov 15, 2009
parislovernyc in France

Best Breakfast in Paris

I will second Souphie here. I found the breakfast at the Plaza Athenee to be completely and wonderfully over the top; much more so than Le Bristol. Equally as beautiful is the breakfast at Le Meurice.

Nov 05, 2009
parislovernyc in France

Macarons / Pastries - I am jumping ship...

Once I was in Pierre Herme and they had a brioche mouselline, in the shape of a cylinder. I think it was brioche dough with extra butter. THAT was to die for too. To eat that with the quince jam from Christian Constant (rue d'Assas) is truly heaven on earth.

I'm glad that Souphie seconded my recommendation of Carl Marletti. I feel I've reached a milestone as a France Chowhounder. I guess I just like my pastry sweet, ergo PH and Marletti are my favorites.

Nov 05, 2009
parislovernyc in France

Macarons / Pastries - I am jumping ship...

Skyflyer, I agree with you about Pierre Herme, although he doesn't seem to be a favorite of the regulars on this site. I do think his tarte citron, croissants and mini-kugelhof are the best anywhere. But I strongly recommend that you try Carl Marletti, 51 rue Censier in the 5th. His tarte citron and eclairs are world class, and everything else we tried was wonderful. Pudlo named him pastry chef of the year for 2009 and he well deserves it.

Nov 01, 2009
parislovernyc in France

One Day in Paris - help please?

Thanks for that suggestion. We'll be back in March for two weeks so will try it then.

Sep 29, 2009
parislovernyc in France

Dinner after the opera

If you go to Bofinger be sure you reserve so you can sit downstairs as PBSF said above. My last time there they put us upstairs (regardless of our pleas) and it was absolutely AWFUL. If that happens to you, my advice is to leave and find something else. It is really depressing to sit upstairs. Instead of feeling like you're in a garret (a la La Boheme) you'll feel like you've been sent to worse than Siberia.

Sep 29, 2009
parislovernyc in France

One Day in Paris - help please?

Thanks PBSF. I'll give that a try.

Sep 28, 2009
parislovernyc in France

One Day in Paris - help please?

I would urge you to go to Pierre Herme, 72 rue Bonaparte, in the 6th and have a plain croissant (IMHO the best in Paris, or at least it's my favorite), a small kugelhopf and a tarte citron, and you will have experienced three of the best things Paris has to offer under one roof. (Though note that you can't sit there and eat.) If they have regular almond croissants, get one of those too, but not if they only have the almond croissants with fruit, which aren't very good at all. After all of that, consider the macarons (the caramel with fleur de sel is amazing) and the chocolates.
(Now I have an unrelated question for the experienced chowhounds: How do I post a reply or a statement which shows up all the way to the left margin and not indented under the previous post? Thanks in advance.)

Sep 27, 2009
parislovernyc in France

Best Chocolat Chaud - Paris

I believe I'm the one who reported that Constantine-Steiger was closed. We went in search of it in March and it was definitely closed--and I don't mean just for the day or for a holiday. Maybe it has reopened, but it didn't look likely to me.

Aug 01, 2009
parislovernyc in France

Picnic supplies in the 7th? Anything about Malakoff?

I would recommend that you include a visit to Boulangerie Secco at 20 rue Jean Nicot in the 7th for putting together your picnic. They have delicious bread and pastries, but also some prepared foods that would be good for your picnic, such as grated carrots, ratatouille, etc. I don't remember if they have sandwiches. And it is a charming place (be sure to see both parts; they are next door to each other) and a pleasant walk from there to the Eiffel Tower.

Jul 19, 2009
parislovernyc in France

Our Honeymoon Trip to Paris in July

We tried Be in the Spring. It's pleasant but not life-changing for salads, sandwiches, good bread, etc. I would, however, suggest that you try the viennoiserie at Pierre Herme where the croissants and kugelhof are amazing(IMHO far superior to Mulot) but also our new favorite patisserie: Carl Marletti on rue Cencier in the 5th. His tarte citron is superb (almost as good as Herme's) and his eclairs are incredible and that's just for starters!

Jul 01, 2009
parislovernyc in France

Best bistros in Paris? Please help!

I would suggest you try Le Comptoir at the carrefour de l'Odeon for lunch. They don't take reservations but if you get there at noon you'll get in. It's a wonderful bistro and the food is great.

Jun 22, 2009
parislovernyc in France

Saint Honore/1st arrondissement eating and shopping?

My partner and I tried to go to Steiger-Constantine in March, but it was closed, seemingly permanently. Any updates would be appreciated.

May 22, 2009
parislovernyc in France

Debating the last night in Paris

I second PhilD's recommendation of Itineraires. We had a wonderful and totally delightful meal there in March. The cote de veau was amazing. And I would definitely stay away from Bofinger unless you are sure to get a table downstairs. Upstairs is miserable...true feeling of Siberia.

May 21, 2009
parislovernyc in France

Paris-no meat

Other than the big hotels, which serve wonderful, enormous breakfasts (the Plaza Athenee is amazing!), our favorite place for breakfast in Paris is Laduree, especially the one on the rue Royale. It is crowded with locals and tourists, but you can sit in the cafe if you'd prefer not just to stand at the bar of a more typical cafe or bar. The pain perdu (French toast) is superb and the viennoiserie delicious. Our other favorite breakfast is to go to a bar for a coffee and then go to Pierre Herme on rue Bonaparte and buy a selection of their viennoiserie (they do make the best croissants in the world IMO). Since you can't eay inside the tiny shop, we sit on the benches in the Place Saint Sulpice which is right there and gorge ourselves. The only problem is the pigeons who want the crumbs, but it's worth it. And don't miss their little kugelhopfs which are unbelievably fantastic, and the almond croissants which are brilliant. (I realize not everyone on the board would agree with me, but I have no doubt that Pierre Herme beats all the others, including Mulot, for viennoiserie.)

Regarding gay friendly places, my partner and I have never had a problem anywhere in Paris, from the most fancy to the most casual restaurant. I'd be surprised if it's any different for two women.

May 07, 2009
parislovernyc in France

cucumber salad from christian constant

Thanks to you all for this information about Cafe Constant. (I'm still in shock from learning that there are two Christian Constants.)

May 01, 2009
parislovernyc in France

cucumber salad from christian constant

Thanks to you both for this information. It's amazing. But speaking of Christian Constant, maybe you can clear up another mystery for me. After a wonderful meal recently at Violon d'Ingres, my partner and I wanted to try another Christian Constant restaurant and we saw in Pudlo that breakfast was very pleasant at Cafe Constant (I think that was the name; I don't have my Pudlo with me right now) on rue Saint-Dominique and that the room had a wonderful atmosphere, zinc bar, etc. We went the next morning and were completely disappointed by how ordinary the ground floor cafe was, with no zinc bar, etc. and they were just serving coffee, juice and tartine like any other cafe/bar. Did we miss something? Any insights are welcome.

Apr 30, 2009
parislovernyc in France

cucumber salad from christian constant

PhilD,
In your post above you refer to "the other Christian Constant." Is the Christian Constant with the shop on at the corner of rue d'Assas and rue de Fleurus different from the Christian Constant who seems to own a stretch of rue Saint- Dominique?

Apr 29, 2009
parislovernyc in France

Vegetarian Help

We recently had a wonderful dinner at Lasserre in Paris and were impressed with what seemed to be several vegetarian dishes on the menu. There was a special section of the menu with those dishes, though I don't remember what they called it. You may want to walk by there when you get to Paris and look at the menu (and the prices) before you decide

Apr 26, 2009
parislovernyc in France