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Soft Fruit in Paris

Maybe the year wasn't good, but fruits and vegetables have been going steadily downhill for decades in France too, as more "modern" variety, growing and storing techniques are more widely used. I for one don't think I've had what I would consider a decent peach in France for over ten years. And finding some half, or quarter decent is rarer and harder. Strawberry's getting blander and crappier too. Etc.

And don't get me started on my theory of the causes, it would infringe on board regulations.

Aug 29, 2015
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Hidden Gems Or Cheap Eats In Paris?

+1 on Lintillac. But I don't know when the last time was I was able to secure a table there.

Aug 27, 2015
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Classic/traditional Paris restaurant recommendation

The two issues I see in your plan are overdose and variety. You have the light creative and the pull all-the-stops creative, I would personnally chose a "solid traditional food" (l'Ami Louis, Joséphine, etc.) as a third one, to vary both food and ambiance. Taillevent is a Ratatouille play (the legendary fancy French restaurant), as is Tour d'Argent with lesser service and better view, but both will seem weak after two such probably brilliant meals. L'Arpège would constitute a change too, and is an obligatory response when "cost or value not a major concern".

While you're at it, if you want to make the most of your Paris stay, you also need room for croissant and pastry, that seems hard.

Aug 26, 2015
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Taillevent or Le Cinq LUNCH

I haven't been to Le Squer's Le Cinq, but it's always been an exceptional restaurant in terms of service, and if you plan on the noodle castle and the onion thing, you can't go wrong. But we're not talking lunch money anymore indeed, and you already have quite a few Michelin stars in your itinerary -- pace yourself.

Aug 23, 2015
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L'Arpege or Le Chateaubriand?

As far as I'm concerned, l'Arpège hands down. It is a very special restaurant, even if there are misses and abuses. But it will cost about ten Chateaubriand.

Aug 23, 2015
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Taillevent or Le Cinq LUNCH

With a non-adventurous eater, I'd definitely do Savoy (I though I posted this already but can't find trace of it), especially in the new location. (It has to be the so-called "Internet menu" and you have to be careful with the extras, they add up quickly and there's plenty to eat to begin with).

Aug 21, 2015
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Late Saturday Lunch - Recommendations Requested

Sounds like the perfect plan to me

Aug 17, 2015
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Hidden Gems Or Cheap Eats In Paris?

"Hidden" gem: lunch menu at Nomicos (av. Bugeaud) and at Table (rue de Prague).

Cheap eats: there's no such thing in Paris, unless you're willing to go ethnic (including Breizh food), and even then... But you can try Au Dernier Métro on bd de Suffren which is at close as it gets and very entertaining. Or Chartier, also entertaining, more spectacular, not very good (not bad though).

Oh yes: fries at De Clerq, rue Saint Jacques, or rue Montmartre, or on the Esplanade des Olympiades, where one kilo of perfect fries will set you back 4€.

Aug 17, 2015
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Best croissant in Paris that's OPEN in AUG?

No I thought Mulot was open. Indeed Hermé is.

Aug 16, 2015
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Le relais Bernard Loiseau? Maison Lameloise?

A vote for Lameloise. It is a *** experience mostly due to amazing service and some superbly mastered specialities such as pommes soufflées and snails, and the only fine dining I still look forward to in Burgundy.

I was Loiseau's biggest fan, and the house remains superb, as is the level of technique, but it feels artificial and internationally oriented, whereas Lameloise retains authenticity.

78€ for Lameloise lunch is a no-brainer, imo.

Best croissant in Paris that's OPEN in AUG?

Dominique Saibron, Pains et Gourmandises in Alésia
Gérard Mulot rue de Seine
Anthony Bosson rue de la Contrescarpe
Ladurée on the Champs-Elysées
Kayser
Gontran Cherrier in Montmartre
The bakery at 24, rue Friant

Aug 14, 2015
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Du pain et des idées

I'd be very surprised if they were open this week and the next. For escargots (which indeed are rolls, not snails), Dominique Saibron at Alesia is open all summer.

Aug 05, 2015
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family li

Gonna tell us what restaurant it is, or we're just gonna watch you discuss the merits an undisclosed location?

Aug 02, 2015
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Ile St. Louis and Ile de la Cite

Actually closed for good.

Aug 02, 2015
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Paris - Foie Gras - Steak Frites

Pti, you need to revisit Gourmet des Ternes then. When?

Jul 29, 2015
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Les Tablettes de Jean-Louis Nomicos

Tie is the new bow tie

Jul 29, 2015
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Les Tablettes de Jean-Louis Nomicos

Even finance guys and lawyers don't wear ties anymore. That leaves you with the President and, on occasion, the Prime minister (no ties at my lunch there last week for sure)

Jul 29, 2015
souphie in France

Another Paris planning post

Food shopping in Versailles has many decent options, allowing for a very good bought on-site picnic. There is, for instance, a Jullien bakery, which is a reliable classic.

Jul 29, 2015
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Alsace (particularly Colmar and Strasbourg) - any suggestions?

La Taverne du Vigneron in Guebwiller (not too far from Colmar considering you seem ready to drive) is pitch-perfect Alsatian restaurant, cheap, and open late and on Mondays and Sundays, a rarity in the region. I always try to manage a meal there on my trips there.

It's also by a lovely Roman church.

Jul 25, 2015
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Les Tablettes de Jean-Louis Nomicos

Jul 25, 2015
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Place d'Italie

There is a question of how far the neighborhood extends, but I would mention Pasta e Basta too. Cacio e Peppe as well.

Jul 25, 2015
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Need dinner suggestions for hearty eaters (my 3 sons) in Paris during August

The times, they are changing.

Well then, definitely Louis alors. Cote de boeuf and galette.

Jul 25, 2015
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Les Tablettes de Jean-Louis Nomicos

There doesn't seem to be a dedicated thread, and this is a shame. Sure, Nomicos doesn't have or reach for stardom, but those days, I sometimes wonder if he's not the best in town for those who like very precise cooking, seasoning and pairing of natural, seasonal ingredients. It's real cuisine, not just ideas on a plate. Not even just products on a plate.

And there's another tradition he seems to be the last tenant of: the cheap but satisfying lunch menu, especially the "club" that includes wine, water and coffee. 58€ for lunch these days, and it gives you access to a level of cooking that is usually unreachable at this price point, unless you sit down for one dish and no wine at Robuchon and l'Ami Jean.

Here are some pics from yesterday, everything was perfect, especially the very difficult things such as chicken or zucchini (and I know from other meals that other very difficult things such as black truffles or green asparagus are identically mastered). https://photos.google.com/album/AF1Qi...

Jul 23, 2015
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Paris Restaurants

Savoy, Epicure, Gagnaire

I would add that Parisian *** are not what they used to be for me. I've always been a fan of exceptional dining, but those days I prefer to turn to rural France (Blanc, Lameloise, Marcon) and, actually, to Germany. Totally off-topic but eh...

Jul 23, 2015
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Need dinner suggestions for hearty eaters (my 3 sons) in Paris during August

In general I would agree with your advice (there's always the possibility of a kebab after le Chateaubriand...), but not much is open this time of year, really.

Jul 23, 2015
souphie in France

Need dinner suggestions for hearty eaters (my 3 sons) in Paris during August

OK. The real problem is the dates here. Otherwise the obvious answers were Denise and Louis, but I don't expect them to be around when the OP is. Is Spring really open then?

Dumonet, another obvious answer and a wonderful restaurant, is open all summer (mon-fri). So is La Rotisserie, every day, every meal. Chez Georges on Porte Maillot same. Ditto La Fontaine de Mars. Les Cocottes, too, though those are smaller portions.

Jul 23, 2015
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Please help with *dropping* places from my Paris list for end of this month

I think it's better at Gourmet des Ternes (the filet with sauce au poivre and wonderfries). There, I said it.

Jun 17, 2015
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Gluten Free in Paris??!!

Yes, cause it would have been in the phrase "Flunch you" and surely the moderators wouldn't have allowed it.

Jun 17, 2015
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Raclette, fondue, pancakes GO!

There's a les Fondus de la Raclette closer to civilization, on bd Raspail@Montparnasse. And I think I'm free for lunch tomorrow. Grumpies are welcome, they can eat their hat too.

Jun 17, 2015
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Paying it forward - short reviews of LTDA, Pierre Gagnaire, L'Arpège, Michel Rostang, Taillevent, L'entrecote, L'Atelier Maitre Albert, L'ami Louis, Etoile Joel Robuchon

That's an unexpected short-list. You should in any case be aware that both those restaurants have changed a lot since 2011 and the time of this review. Still: Taillevent for the feeling of being in the postcard and the top-notch service ; Rostang for the homey feeling and the generosity.

Jun 15, 2015
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