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Paris Restaurants

Le Pré Catelan

Updated 02/19/2014

Fodor's Review

Live a Belle Époque fantasy by dining beneath the chestnut trees on the terrace of this fanciful landmark pavilion in the Bois de Boulogne. Each of chef Frédéric Anton's dishes is a variation on a theme, such as l'os à moelle: bone marrow prepared two ways, one peppered and the other stuffed with porcini and cabbage, both braised in a concentrated meat jus. For a taste of the good life at a (relatively) gentle price, order the €105 lunch menu and soak

up the opulent surroundings along with service that's as polished as the silverware.

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Restaurant Information

Address:

Rte. de Suresnes, 16e, Paris, 75016, France

Phone:

/01–44–14–41–14

Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Closed Sun. and Mon., 2 wks in Feb., 3 wks in Aug., and 1 wk in late Oct.–early Nov.
  • Reservations essential

Updated 02/19/2014

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Mar 16, 2010

Le Pré Catelan Review

a menu heavy on caramelized peanuts at about 100 euro per course -hmmmmmmm

By Csdemos

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Mar 26, 2008

Gourmet Treat

As a new member of the exclusive Michelin Three Star Club, Le Pre Catelan is in that halcyon period where restaurants are still eager to please. It's situated in the middle of a gorgeous building in the Bois de Boulogne. The food is as good, creative, and wonderful as any you'll get anywhere in Europe. The moelle (bone marrow with mushrooms and peas) and estrille (crab) specialty entrees, and the ris de veau and turbot main courses were spectacular.

And the apple "space pod" dessert is one of the most delighfully bizarre things I've ever eaten. It's a green hard-sugar shell sphere with a foil candy top enclosing a diaphanous light apple custard with a hint of pop-rock crackles inside (yes-- those bizzare candies that were popular in the 1980s). The service is fabulous. Our waiter informed the sommelier what we were eating and sent him over with VERY reasonable wine recommendations. For a spectacular meal in Paris, if you're prepared to pay for the best, you'll get it here

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By Charlie

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Sep 2, 2003

Pardon, Monsieur.

A sunny Saturday in Paris dining on the terrace of Pre Catalan with friends we had not seen in a couple of years - what could be better? Upon arrival, we were presented with menus (mine the only one with prices). I attempted, as always, to communicate in French to our waiter. I was quite concerned that there did not appear to be a prix-fixe "menu" with my menu. I checked with the others and they also did not have one. In trying to discuss this

with the waiter, he seemed not to understand my rather simple request: "N'avez-vous pas un menu?" I was well aware that they did have a reasonably-priced prix fixe menu at lunch - otherwise, I may have simply ordered off the expensive a la carte menu. When I then asked our waiter if he spoke English, he fetched another waiter who did speak perfect English. Almost immediately, he went to the service station and appeared with four copies of that day's "menu". This was an annoying experience for us but caused a good deal of joking amongst the wait staff. These occurrences are what I like to call "Paris Moments" - when one does not know if they are mocking the tourists or simply enjoying the confusion. Nevertheless, everything went marvellously from there on. The food was excellent (they were very accommodating in providing an alternate entree for one of our party who was unable to have cream products) and the sommelier recommended an excellent, inexpensive white Burgundy that suited the meal perfectly. The company was magnificent and the afternoon went tremendously after our "Paris Moment". If you have a sunny afternoon to spare in Paris, you could do far worse than spending it on the terrace at Pre Catalan. Just make sure you insist on the "menu".

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By Teresa

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Aug 5, 2003

Excellent!

I had dinner in the Pre Catelan twice and everything was perfect. Best restaurant I ever went to in Paris.

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