Paris restaurants

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  1. poorsod

    poorsod Senior member

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    I didn't get to make it over to Bones but did make it to Spring.

    I found the Spring more refined than at Le Comptoir. The service was more informal than Meurice. At Spring, the serve only 1 menu per night and they ask you to mention food allergies and such when making the reservation. Price wise, it was about 1/2 the price of Meurice and I think it is pretty good bang for the buck for this kind of experience. Spring and Le Comptoir are the two places I would return again, but first there are other places to try.

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    Mackerel with squid. I thought it was really interesting that the mackerel had a lighter taste than I was used to.
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  2. supplychainman

    supplychainman Senior member

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    Any recs for restaurants in the 7th Rue? It can be anything. Will have already eaten at AT, Frenchie, and some local eateries that serve classic French. Just looking for a nice meal in that area.
     


  3. ehkay

    ehkay Senior member

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    brasserie thoumieux
    l'ami jean
    garance (less classic, considerable arpege influence tho)
     
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  4. supplychainman

    supplychainman Senior member

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    Those looks great. Thanks Ehkay. You seem to be very familiar with Paris in general, mind I ask what your favorite place for a meal is?
     


  5. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Coutume Cafe is in the 7th. Great coffee shop with an excellent kitchen for breakfast or lunch.

    Garance is worth a visit, best meal of the last trip to Paris
     


  6. ehkay

    ehkay Senior member

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    Le Bristol
    Marie Cantin + a hotel room/park bench
     


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    poorsod Senior member

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    Finally had a chance to dine at David Toutain.

    The amuse bouche was bacon flavored cream wrapped into a shape of a sausage. Had to be eaten immediately and the whole thing just dissolved in the mouth.

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    Garlic vegatable sponge cake
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    Broiche
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    Gluten free bread
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    Egg Yolk with peas
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    Smoked salmon-like fish.

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    A carrot variety with subtle flavor.
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    Asparagus with a citrus sauce and egg yolk sauce, crispy parmeson
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    Black sesame mousse, eel and green apple
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    Cod
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    Pigeon breast and leg
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    Chicken skin
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    Dessert

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  9. poorsod

    poorsod Senior member

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    Fortunately, I was also able to get a reservation at Bones before it closes in August. The atmosphere is that of a French Bistro in the Lower East Side or Williamsburg. Paris was hit by a heatwave last week and this restaurant didn't have A/C. The overhead fans made it a little more bearable.

    I was curious because the restaurant had gotten quite a bit of press.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/23/travel/restaurant-review-bones-in-paris.html
    http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/28/table-talk-bones-in-paris/

    I think the appetizers were the best part of the meal. In particular, I enjoyed the home made rabbit charcuterie with radishes the most.
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    Tuna with bonito flakes and tomato jelly.
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    Duck heart (or was it chicken?).
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    Fish soup, also quite excellent.
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    Sweetbreads baked in a pastry. Kinda mediocre. I've had fantastic sweetbreads at Jean-Georges and this didn't quite hit that mark.
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    My friend had the alternative main course. I forget what it was, maybe duck.
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    Dessert. Not as strong a course as the appetizers or the fish soup.
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  10. ehkay

    ehkay Senior member

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    New Lucas Carton looks very good.
     


  11. poorsod

    poorsod Senior member

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    Have you been since Senderens retirement?
     


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    supplychainman Senior member

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    Had the opportunity to go to Restaurant A.T. when I was in Paris. What a fantastic meal.
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    poorsod Senior member

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    I went to Juveniles and I thought it was really good simple food.

    Chanterelles

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    Burratta and Proscuitto
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    Veal
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    Tuna
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  14. t3hg0suazn

    t3hg0suazn Senior member

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    I'll be in Paris for a week at the end of September. I am going to try to get reservations for lunch at l'Arpege and dinner at Le Chateaubriand. Will check out l'Avant Comptoir.

    Other than that, very open to recommendations. How good is lunch at l'Astrance?
    Fine dining is not a necessity, and in fact I'd like to mostly eat at more casual places. Just want to eat good French food that's hard to come by in another country. I'd probably be satisfied just eating perfectly cooked duck at neighborhood-y restaurants everyday!
     


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    poorsod Senior member

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    Casual places I'd go back for lunch are Juveniles, 6 Paul Bert and Pho 14.
     


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