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Valentines in Paris, without breaking the bank

No problem. I am sure you've got a better hand at enjoying good food. I actually made the comment to make sure that the name would be properly searchable for future queries.

Jan 22, 2015
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Five Parisian questions

Yes. I wouldn't mind returning and try it again.

Jan 22, 2015
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Valentines in Paris, without breaking the bank

You surely mean "Itinéraires", Sylvain Sendra's wonderful 1-(but-deserves-2)-Michelin Star restaurant in the 5th.

Jan 22, 2015
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Five Parisian questions

Good to know. Thanks.

Jan 22, 2015
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Long weekend in Paris, can you help with my list?

Re sunday Lunch:
John will disagree but my bistronomic lunch would be Pottoka.
JF Rouquette' Pur' restaurant at the Park Hyatt is also very underrated.

Jan 22, 2015
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Five Parisian questions

For #3, what about l'ardoise? I haven't been there in years but it used to be really good (despite the setting).

Jan 22, 2015
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Caius

No, no, no. You're not alone, John. I too was terribly unimpressed by Caius.
I have reported on this a few weeks ago, wanting to understand why there was such a rave. It felt like a mildly talented amateur chef. Not someone with professional cooking skills.

Nov 26, 2014
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Two nights left in Paris, help us find something we haven't been able to please! The elusive classic bistro/brasserie!?

I m talking about Le Valois near the Parc Monceau.
It's a typical Brasserie which serves the dishes you are looking for in a decent setting.
This recommendation usually works well. When I go there I will take a tartare of an andouillette. I don't go there for fancy food.
Bistro Valois, is just a very ordinary place in my opinion. (Well, that said have not been there since 1992, so... doesn't mean much)

Oct 28, 2014
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Two nights left in Paris, help us find something we haven't been able to please! The elusive classic bistro/brasserie!?

From you description, I would recommend that you look at Le Valois.

Oct 27, 2014
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Budget dining in Paris?

And let me add Timgad which is the place I go to now that my local favorite has closed.

Oct 25, 2014
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Is La Mere Brazier in Lyon still worth a try for lunch?

Interesting report. Thanks.

Oct 25, 2014
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Paris -- staying in the 9th for two weeks November

I agree also on Caillebotte. Put it back on the list, it is a totally worthy option! Sorry Parigi. :)

That said, I don't know how the initial list was put together; I can't see any place I would cross town for.

One thing I would like to understand though is the rave for Caius. I have been there after reading some good comments from this board (and after some acknowledgement from a friend chef who shall not be named and who I now suspect of complaisance :) ).

I can't deny that the setting is nice (although a bit noisy), that the dishes are flavourful but gosh what I was served was just home-cooking! Not something I expect from a chef. The pluma was unevenly cooked, meat was not seared but kind of boiled... there's no refinement in the presentation... To me the basics were totally missing .
I have attached some pictures here for your review. I'd be happy to get comments on whether this really represents what the restaurant usually serves or if it was a night-off.

Oct 25, 2014
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Budget dining in Paris?

"screw the main dish on a regular basis"... I am speechless.

You sound like some someone who has not been there in a while or who mixes up with another restaurant.

Oct 25, 2014
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A week of inspiring and disappointing meals!

I agree that it is quite a challenge to serve so many dishes at once. And it does not always work as we regularly see on this board.

At the same time, this is what I like about Pierre Gagnaire. Unlike some well-known chefs who have the same dishes all year-long and who sometimes even keep them on the menu for years, this guys seems to put himself at risk all the time as if it was a matter of survival.

My amusing experience at Pierre Gagnaire was when I once ordered a sweetbread à la carte. Of course, it came with all those interesting small bites around the plate. Among those tasting portions was a tiny blanquette de veau, the most incredible one I ever had. It impressed me so much that it actually totally outshined the very good sweetbread I had in my main plate.

Oct 17, 2014
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Michelin star restaurant for lunch in Paris

Apologies everyone. not quite sure why this post keeps on reappearing again...

Oct 16, 2014
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Michelin star restaurant for lunch in Paris

Talking about jokes, have you tried his apple peeling?

Oct 16, 2014
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Michelin star restaurant for lunch in Paris

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Oct 16, 2014
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A week of inspiring and disappointing meals!

Rose, Raspberry (and I assume there was lychee as well) are part of the main flavours of his notorious Ispahan gateau. Pierre Hermé has created so many variations of this recipe :cake, ice cream, meringue bonbon, etc. and apparently croissant!

Parigi, you sure knew that.

Oct 16, 2014
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Solo lunch in or near 6e + Inexpensive Dinner

Hi John
Are you referring to that 3-year old article mentioning a one-time experience? I am used to fresher products! :)
I for one go there once every two months and it is a favorite of mine. nah. :)

Oct 16, 2014
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Michelin star restaurant for lunch in Paris

Talking about jokes, have you tried his apple peel?

Oct 15, 2014
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Solo lunch in or near 6e + Inexpensive Dinner

"Pottoka, which I loved, is not so admired by others"
Who, John, who? How is that possible? :)

I have had some incredible dinners there! I fondly remember of this wonderful sweetbread covered with a translucent colonnata lardo with a thick veal jus and girolles. Chef Sébastien Gravé who previously demonstrated his talent at les Fables de la Fontaine continues to excel at preparing seafood dishes. A number of my followers (including some very knowledgeable food lovers) are still thanking me for sharing this address a couple of years after.
BTW, the chef has most probably started to serve his traditional hare à la royale (for the game lovers among us).

Oct 15, 2014
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Solo lunch in or near 6e + Inexpensive Dinner

I can't wait for those talented authorities to cast their Solomon judgement upon this place. :)

Oct 15, 2014
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Solo lunch in or near 6e + Inexpensive Dinner

Hi PhilD

I know you've been requesting an update on Chez l'Ami Jean's new(?) rule at night. And honestly despite being a regular I am totally lost in the ever changing options. I usually stick to the Carte Blanche at ~75 euros and am never disappointed.
Only last time I wanted to have a game-only dinner and picked dishes à la carte (each main course was about 40 euros).

For lunch, it seems that they have a business lunch option at 35 euros and the 42 euros menu.

Regarding the initial request, I think the 42 euros lunch menu is a good option. The setting is usually entertaining and the Chef knows how to take care of solo diners (i.e. it matches request #1 but not #2)

Oct 15, 2014
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Solo lunch in or near 6e + Inexpensive Dinner

You can find a review of a lunch at Bocca Rossa at http://morel-esculenta.blogspot.fr/20...

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Oct 15, 2014
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Solo lunch in or near 6e + Inexpensive Dinner

Very very good suggestion!

Oct 14, 2014
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Solo lunch in or near 6e + Inexpensive Dinner

Hi
My suggestions would be :
1) Chez l'Ami Jean (you won't get bored being alone), Les Climats (more formal but not stuffy).
2) Pottoka (difficult to beat that pleasure/quality/price ratio on an evening meal)
Enjoy!

PARIS IN OCTOBER -- MUST EATS

Not sure about Guangzhou. I seem to read that the branch there has closed in 2010. There's one in HK; it is worth the train ride.

Although Xia Long baos are originally from Shanghai, the current form that is so desirable has been developped by the Taiwanese chain. I would thus rather stick to this version. Mind you, I had some at the Whampoa Club in Shanghai a long time ago which were very good in my opinion.

Oct 10, 2014
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PARIS IN OCTOBER -- MUST EATS

Thanks Phrederic for the tip!

Oct 10, 2014
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PARIS IN OCTOBER -- MUST EATS

You've got Din Tai Fung in China! I ate at the Beijing branch in August. The quality was perfect as in all other branches I have tried.

Oct 10, 2014
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PARIS IN OCTOBER -- MUST EATS

Thanks Parigi. I have tried Autour du Yangtse's Xia long baos, but they didn't feel right too me. The dough was too thick and they were not juicy enough.
I'll investigate your suggestion on rue Volta. Thanks!
Regarding Yank Sing, I am unclear about the fuss it creates, it might have decreased in quality but it remains far superior to any other restaurants from Chinatown or from PR-supported new ventures such as the terrible M.Y. China. So it is the only valid alternative to Din Tai Fung that I know.

Oct 10, 2014
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