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Le Pré Catelan

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Le Pré Catelan 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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  • Jacket and tie
  • Reservations essential
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed Sun. and Mon., 2 wks in Feb., 3 wks in Aug., and 1 wk in late Oct.–early Nov.
Updated: 02-19-2014

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    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

    by Csdemos, 3/26/08
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    a menu heavy on caramelized peanuts at about 100 euro per course -hmmmmmmm

    by phrage_frenta, 3/16/10

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