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Paris In Early October

It's always changing, and it always stay the same -- Jégo inventing unlikely combination and cooking big quantities of awesome ingredidents.

Sep 12, 2014
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Paris In Early October

Mostly, you might wanna consider NOT getting another dish if you get whole, deep-fried foie gras for two.

Sep 12, 2014
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Paris-Normandy-Zermatt Switzerland for Christmas with kids

Besides the Jules Verne (which is hardly fine dining -- it's Ducasse, after all), it's hard to think of a fine dining restaurant with a view, in Paris or otherwise. Some places are sights to see in themselves, such as Le Cinq, Ledoyen, Le Meurice, Lasserre, maybe Taillevent, arguably l'Ambroisie, but they hardly qualify as with a view.

More generally, recommending a fine dining restaurant is pointless if one doesn't know a bit more about your tastes and expectations. All Michelin starred restaurants are quite good, many have excellent service, but the styles differ widely, and that's particularly true at the *** level. Maybe you should start with a Michelin guide, even if I get crucified (not again!) for saying so?

Another reason to start with a Michelin guide is, you will immediately know if those restaurants are closed, for many good restaurants are closed on weekends, during the holiday and any time when you'd like to go.

Not sure how old the kids are, and indeed there are quite a few "dinner with kids" threads, which mostly observe that you want to be prepared if necessary and that most restaurants have no issue with kids. I would stay away from l'Ambroisie. Even this kid feels like hanging to the precious tapestry there.

Yep, outdoor patio will be closed during the dreary, humid Parisian winter, it's better this way.

Brr, Normandy for Christmas.

Sep 11, 2014
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My Paris Restaurant Itinerary & Shopping List - Please review

For some mysterious reason, the location on Saint-Dominique is great, but not one on rue Daubenton. Haven't tried the Vaugirard one.

Sep 10, 2014
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3 days in Paris with children

All excellent reasons.

Sep 10, 2014
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3 days in Paris with children

Yes, but that's back when it was good

Sep 10, 2014
souphie in France

3 days in Paris with children

You give no indication of budget. Big mistake. My first reaction to your request for "low-key dinner spots in the 7th" was "there is no such thing", but I suppose it's a matter of point of view and reference.

With jetlagged kids, I'd say buy some superb ham, cheese, bread, oysters (the 7th is not short on those) and eat at home. Even in casual places, a French restaurant meal is always a big deal. That's why John Talbott never eats dinner out.

With such an open assignment, I would totally advise taking you and the kids to le V for an absolute extravaganzza of a lunch they won't forget. I know I did this (fine dining experiences) with my kids from an early age on and they have very fond memories of them. Of course this may requires revising the budget for the trip, but hey, you did not give us one. And not to disagree with anyone, but it's much better idea, and less costly, than the Jules Verne, which is only for adult kids, not actual kids.

No, the hot cocoa destination is now Jacques Génin and if Pti says otherwise she is wrong again. Angélique is hot period, or was a few decades back, and Angelina is the same it's ever been, stuffed and pleasant.

Yes, can anyone recommend a wine bar or fun place to sneak out after kids are in bed? I tend to crash once kids are in bed (sometime even before) and wine doesn't agree with me.

Sep 10, 2014
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Do locals also like the La Regalade St. Honore in 1e or is a place only tourists love?

I (a local, maybe not a representative one) think La Régalade Saint Honoré is not a good restaurant, and La Régalade Jean Moulin is an excellent one, even though they pretty much have the exact same menu, probably suppliers, and executive chef.

Sep 05, 2014
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Dinner in the 17th by Le Méridien Etoile

I would disagree that it's not a good area. Maybe not a good Figaro or Dubanchet area, but it's really quite fine. You have Chez Georges next door, Les Tablettes de JLN not that far, l'Entredgeu, the excellent sushi place on rue Saint-Ferdinand, yes of course Choukroun, his neighbour Paolo Petrini, Dessirier is not that far, same with Bistrot d'à côté, even Gourmet des Ternes is in play. Sormani if you're in a "bordello and pasta" mood, and his new bistrot (Sormani is not really mid-priced). Caves Petrissans on av. Niel is always a blast, and there is that Agapé-ish place across the avenue.

Sep 01, 2014
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What Pastries and bakeries makes your mouthwater the most in Denmark and the greater Europe?

I just moved to Copenhague, and I would have to agree with the endorsement of Meyers and the chocolate snail. I wouldn't say other pastries aren't as good, but I would say, that, like all bakery franchises (very common in France), all Meyers shops are not equal. To me the one downtown on Store Kongensgade 46 is better. Their croissants is on par with the best French ones, even though it is fundamentally a different animal. The breads are utmost perfection.

Aug 19, 2014
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Two interests in Paris

I'm not aware of any place that has pigeon on the menu on a regular basis, so that's your main problem here. When it's there, it's there.

How lyonnais is lyonnais? Do you have some specific food in mind? Louis Vin, Rotisserie du Beaujolais, I suppose could pass as such, but are hardly bouchons.

Aug 18, 2014
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House champagne at Guy Savoy

I would call them and ask -- they're open all summer.

Aug 09, 2014
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Paris - Saturday lunch

Relieved to know Burger King is OK. There's one on the highway near Beaune now. Good times.

Jul 26, 2014
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New chef at Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee

I installed Internet in my country house -- cost an arm and a leg and installing an ugly satellite dish on my wall, but I'm connected.

Jul 26, 2014
souphie in France

Paris - Saturday lunch

Chez l'Ami Jean. Sat lunch is more relaxed than dinners, without having the business crowd of other lunches. A no-brainer for me.

Jul 24, 2014
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New chef at Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee

What I heard was Santaigne would go back to Plaza after the renovation, so the question would be what Ducasse boy will run Meurice then.

Jul 24, 2014
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The HotStuff

C'est pas moi, c'est l'autocorrect!

Could at least have been GrasLong.

Jul 22, 2014
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The HotStuff

I asked: the dough is indeed from their neighbour Alexis, one of our favourite bakers in town.

Also, it's so good the chef at le Meurice orders some from them. I mean dozens erveyday.

Jul 22, 2014
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Chowhound favorite restaurants near Luxembourgh Gardens

My only recommendation in the Luxembourg area is Christian Constant le chocolatier and its absolute must sorbets. Otherwise, indeed, we're either talking Montparnasse, Saint-Germain des Prés, or Montagne Saint-Geneviève, from where most recs are.

Jul 18, 2014
souphie in France

The HotStuff

Sorry. The pizza is at 47, bd Port Royal, take away, eat at the bar or even home delivery if you're not too far.

It's a great combo with the Icos showroom, for those in the know.

Jul 18, 2014
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The HotStuff

So the guy at l'Auberge du 15, since he got a star, not only gave his Japanese chef the keys to the kitchen at l'Auberge, and created a second restaurant -- l'Auberge du Roi Gourmand. He also had the idea that it was time to make some fancy pizza -- "pizza de cuisinier" he calls it.

Are they really pizza? Of course not, the French don't care on damn about authenticity. The one called "cheesy" with its tomato and excellent mozzarella di buffalo (plus raw cherry tomatoes added afterwards) I suppose bears the most resemblance with an actual pizza. Other recipes clearly place them in a different world, such as the one with a made on order poelée de girolles on top. Prices do the same thing, with the high end recipe in the 20s zone.

The dough is more sourdough bread (I suspect the nearby Alexis provides them with it) than pizza. Anyway, the whole thing is delicious. There's a little bar where you can eat and/or watch your "pizza" being made. I find it moving to see actual chef's gesture applied to a different object (the chopping of the herbs to put them on the pizza out of the oven...).

The one in the picture is the "sunny", it's an onion base with anchovies.

Desserts are "made by Michalak" which makes us all very happy. They're OK, regressive food in the guise of disposable verrines.

There's a "salon" downstairs for soccer watching, birthday party, music listening, etc.

www.thehotstuff.fr

Jul 18, 2014
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Paris....in August?

Guy Savoy is open all summer.

Jul 17, 2014
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Paris....in August?

Chez Denise not open most of August, is it? For August traditional, I would look to Joséphine, Georges (Porte Maillot).

Jul 17, 2014
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French blogger fined for restaurant comment

It rarely makes a difference in France. Getting a lawyer that is. Different system.

Jul 17, 2014
souphie in France

What foods unavailable in US not to miss in France?

So where do you find good peaches? I haven't had one in ten years.

Jul 16, 2014
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French food - boring? Yes, according to the Daily Telegraph

In fact, in many cases, you wish the food was from a packet.

Jul 16, 2014
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French food - boring? Yes, according to the Daily Telegraph

There is a common misunderstanding that because France is (one of) the country of the best food, it is (one of) the best countries for food. I understand as much as anyone the need to write weekly columns and create controversy -- for instance the need to link the regulation mania and the low average quality of food. In that sense, I'm sympathetic to the author.

But France has never been a country where people eat well or where your average bistrot is good. Not even your average supermarket necessarily carries quality products (though it varies widely from one region to the next and chicken still tend to be better way better than anywhere else). It's a country where you can eat fabulously *if* you know where to go. And that's true from the basic bistrot (which, unlike what the article says, tends to carry couscous on the menu, the most popular dish in France) to the fancy restaurant. On average, I would totally agree that restaurant food is better, and of better quality, in many countries, possibly the UK, definitely Germany, obviously Italy. I'm talking about stopping at a random place for food.

As for innovation, that's where the point is most bogus. I just had a good roast chicken from my local market (in Saint-Sauveur en Puisaye), and the fact that it wasn't new was really no problem. I worry about crap food way more than I do about non-novel recipes.

That you can eat cuisines from all over the world in London is saying that London is London -- a city where the whole world comes and stays as themselves, whereas any lady who stays a couple of days in Paris turns into somewhat of a parisienne.

Plus, I wouldn't bet that the same thing (restaurants from all over the world) could not be done in Paris, though I'm sure the "authenticity" factor would be less.

Also, complaining at the same time that the French don't adopt new cooking methods and that they do a lot of sousvide is inconsistent.

Abbaye de Collonges or Auberge du Pont de Collonges

Yep. Abbaye is for events only.

Jul 06, 2014
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Lunch after 2 near Eiffel Tower...and on a Monday yet!?

I say "Au Dernier Métro" on bd. de Grenelle -- don't expect fancy Constant, but good, solid, simple food. Serves all day and late at night, every day.

Jun 17, 2014
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What food/restaurants do you crave when not in Paris?

I'm a Parisian, but when I lived in other countries, things I missed most were:
- Chez l'Ami Jean
- Good chicken, good veal
- An easy and varied choice of fresh vegetables
- Good bread
- The fine dining culture
- Offal and seafood with the head or the shell on

Jun 15, 2014
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