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Paris Restaurants

L'Ambassade d'Auvergne

Updated 02/19/2014

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A rare authentic Parisian bistro that refuses to change, the Ambassade claims one of the city's great restaurant characters: the maître d' Francis Panek, with his handlebar mustache and gravelly voice. Settle into the dining room in this ancient Marais house to try rich dishes from the Auvergne, a sparsely populated region in central France. Lighter dishes such as turbot with fennel are available, but it would be missing the point not to indulge in a heaping serving of

the superb lentils in goose fat with bacon or the Salers beef in red wine sauce with aligot (mashed potatoes with cheese). You might want to loosen your belt for the astonishingly dense chocolate mousse, served in a giant bowl that allows you to decide the quantity. The Auvergnat wines come with appetizing descriptions, but don't expect anything remarkable from this (justifiably) obscure wine region. A three-course, €32 menu covers all the important bases.

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Restaurant Information

Address:

22 rue du Grenier St-Lazare, 3e, Paris, 75003, France

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/01–42–72–31–22

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  • Credit cards accepted

Updated 02/19/2014

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May 26, 2009

LOVE IT

s to wonder why someone would go to a restaurant in Paris and NOT order wine... We always dine here at least once whenever we are in Paris. The food is great. Save room for the chocolate mousse. It's the best that I've ever had.

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Aug 4, 2008

Very Bad Restaurant

The service is very bad, if you don't drink wine they are not polite (because they earn a lot on wine) Also they dont speak good english and the food is not very fresh....a 1 if its my opinion i wont come back!!

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May 17, 2007

KellySusan

A serious restaurant with outstanding food, charming decor, and friendly proficient service. Not cheap, but we've spent more for less. The aligot was a fun and delicious experience!. The magret de canard was one of the best. The "trois glacees" (more like three different custards) are creatively flavored and "share-able".

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Oct 31, 2006

Ok But Not Outstanding

Ate here in September on our last night in Paris. The restaurant is quaint but not charming. I start with the warm lentil salad which is flavored with a vinaigrette containing mustard and bits of onion. It is the best part of the entire meal. I then have the duck (well-seasoned but no sauce at all, thus a little dry) and the aligot. With every serving, there is a small show of whipping the aligot in a copper pot. We see it being done at every

table. My husband's terrine of duck is followed by a "casserole" of pork and cabbage which is OK, but not remarkable. We have a good gamay from the Auvergne with our meal. This is not an expensive restaurant and it shouldn't be, given the food. If you're looking for something in this price range but regional, try Rotesserie de Beaujolais on the Left Bank. If you're looking for Auvergne cusine, I recommend Bath's which is more expensive but with a higher quality. I would not come back.

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