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Paris - Foie Gras - Steak Frites

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

1 day ago
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Les Tablettes de Jean-Louis Nomicos

Tie is the new bow tie

1 day ago
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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)

1 day ago
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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.

1 day ago
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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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Raclette, fondue, pancakes GO!

There's a fairly decent creperie on rue de Washington (les Ecuries).

I don't see why grumpy and grumpy (and grumpy) up there won't let you have fondue in the summer. And I for one am long overdue to find out whethere there are good ones in town, and where.

I'll be back on wednesday, anybody game?

Jun 15, 2015
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Gluten Free in Paris??!!

It depends on the kind of gluten-free we're talking about. If the boy is on a strict gluten-free diet, no way Flunch does it. I'm sure there's at least traces of wheat in everything. But if it's just a diet or a light sensitivity we're talking about, then he's fine getting steak and fries and veggies (but should stay away from the sauces) ; crèmes caramels, mousse au chocolat are OK too.

Jun 15, 2015
souphie in France

David Toutain or L'Ami Jean?

You think it's for calories that we lick the plates?

Jun 09, 2015
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Also looking for Lebanese, Moroccan, Tunisian and Nigerian !

I love Hamadi's Tunisian couscous on rue Boutebrie. But I'm pretty sure there's no belly dancing and you don't want themm to.

I haven't eaten Lebanese in a while, I know this scene changes quickly -- Noura used to be a safe bet, not so much anymore. Fakhr El Dine once was excellent -- I know it's still posh.

Most travelers find they can't find non-local food they'd consider "authentic" in Paris. We have our "Chinese", "Lebanese", "Italian", etc. but apparently "our" is the keyword here.

Jun 08, 2015
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A 100% Organic Michelin Star Restaurant in Monaco

Y'all are so mean

A Noste from a Curmudgeonly Minority Perspective

Read my (photo)report. Honestly, it was more of a reinterpretation of onion soup than carbonara. But good and fun.

Feb 11, 2015
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Knives for a Paris rental kitchen

It's actually hard to find a sharp knife in Paris, let alone a cheap one. The small Nogent office knives are an exception (consider them disposable). If it was me, I would totally go a for a carbon Opinel and sharpen it myself -- cheapest way to get some slicing power around here.

Feb 10, 2015
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A Noste from a Curmudgeonly Minority Perspective

Pics from last night's meal -- https://plus.google.com/photos/117676...

It was very enjoyable, generous and fun. The passion custard at the end made me moan. The pumpkin dish was very interesting. The rotisserie lamb was perfect.

My reservation is the same it was at Dans les Landes: how much breading and frying can you do before I get bored? But hey, who cares, it's fun and good value (I think much better value upstairs than downstairs, but the price of admission is higher).

Feb 10, 2015
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Michelin 2015 France

Why not?

Feb 04, 2015
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Michelin 2015 France

You know what cures my insomnia? House, M.D. I have no idea why. It used to be Rachel Maddow, but now House is just the perfect thing.

Feb 04, 2015
souphie in France

Choucroute Garni and Coq au Vin in Paris?

What they said -- choucroute at Bofinger is as good an idea as any. I'm not aware of any particularly great choucroute in Paris. And even when they are (I can think of some places near Guebwiller), how good can a choucroute be?

Coq au vin is much trickier. Some places do it occasionally, but who has it on the menu always? I feel like the question was already asked a few years back and no one knew either. At the same time if you're very intent on it you can ask for it in advance from any given, traditional restaurant.

WAIT!I remember now -- l'auberge Bressane always has the Coq au Vin "comme à Juliénas", for 24€. Not what I would get there (because I love their sweetbread, chicken...), but it's there and it's good and authentic.

Yep, forget about knives in France, unless you want the cheap ones, which are quite good for what they are. Especially the Carbone Opinel are extremely easy to sharpen, which makes for great practice in that area.

Otherwise, get your knives from http://japanesechefsknife.com/ just like everyone else; you'll get good prices, good knives, good advice, and speedy delivery no matter where you are.

Jan 26, 2015
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Lucas Carton

We went yesterday. John Talbott had a soso meal and I had an exciting one. Here's my photo story (who still writes these days?) https://plus.google.com/photos/117676...

I think a lot needs improving, but I believe Dumas can and will do it, and I tasted four wonderful things yesterday (scallops, duck breast, polenta and saint-honoré) which is enough to get me excited. I am arguably excitable. But this new Lucas is already not in the same league as the Senderens that had Jérôme Banctel as a chef.

Speaking of which: wonderful early 00s Lucas-Carton, which we all miss, was a partnership (foodwise) between Alain Senderens and Frédéric Robert, the latter running La Grande Cascade now. Both restaurants (Lucas-Carton and La Grande Cascade) will cook old Lucas classics for you upon request, we should note: 000 belon cooked in puff pastried shell, langoustines royales wrapped in vermicelli...

Jan 07, 2015
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REMINISCENSE OF BYGONE PARISIAN DINING-THE ERA OF ELEGANCE

To be fair, your meal wasn't great -- foie gras was off, and langoustines were only good. Mine was something else entirely -- my photo story (who still writes these days?) https://plus.google.com/photos/117676...

I think a lot needs improving, but I believe Dumas can and will do it, and I tasted four wonderful things yesterday (scallops, duck breast, polenta and saint-honoré) which is enough to get me excited. I am arguably excitable. But this new Lucas is already not in the same league as the Senderens that had Banctel as a chef.

Speaking of which: wonderful early 00s Lucas-Carton, which we all miss, was a partnership (foodwise) between Alain Senderens and Frédéric Robert, the latter running La Grande Cascade now. Both restaurants (Lucas-Carton and La Grande Cascade) will cook old Lucas classics for you upon request, we should note: 000 belon cooked in puff pastried shell, langoustines royales wrapped in vermicelli...

I should probably post this on the Lucas thread, eh?

Jan 07, 2015
souphie in France

REMINISCENSE OF BYGONE PARISIAN DINING-THE ERA OF ELEGANCE

Moi aussi

Jan 06, 2015
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