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When Sir Terence Conran opened this impressive 300-seat restaurant, he promised to reinvent the Parisian brasserie, and he's come close. Alcazar's mezzanine bar is famed for its DJ, and with its slick decor and skylight roof, it feels more like London than the Rive Gauche. The kitchen may have started out rather uncertain of what it wanted to accomplish, but the food is now resolutely French with the occasional Mediterranean touch, plus the house classic fish-and-chips. Prices are reasonable: lunch menus start at €22, while a dinner menu is €43. The chef seems to have found his groove with dishes such as salmon-and-ginger tataki and veal braised with morels. For dessert, it's hard to pass up the profiteroles, mille-feuille, or baba au rhum. Sunday brunch is popular, and the restaurant is now the Paris venue for the TV show Top Chef.

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Updated: 02-19-2014

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    A Conran restaurant in Paris! We had to try it. My wife and I went with our three young kids on Sunday evening, arriving at 7pm. We were the first guests of the evening. The restaurant has a small entrance on the street, and then opens up into a huge double storey room. All very eye catching. Service was generally a bit slow, although water came quickly and food came quickly having been ordered. There seemed to be no hurray to take a wine order, whereas we were gasping for a drink! There is no kids menu so we ordered a steak and divided it in three. It came with chips which we were told were made 'in-house' - they were dreadful, semi cold and chewy, as though they'd been sitting around for a while. I had fois gras pate as a starter. It lacked any presentation but was very tasty. My wife had smoked salmon which she loved. Main course for me was veal kidneys. I asked for them to be cooked 'pink' and they were overdone - shame. The sauce was superb. Mashed potato with it was perfect. My wife had grilled tuna - it was perfect. We all shared three puddings. The raspberry creme caramel was as good as you'll get and the tarte citron was heavenly - can't remember the other one! The wine list is a bit short, but has a few interesting wine from outside France. The Morgon 2006 was disappointing - I think it was slightly corked and foolishly I didn't ask the waiter for his opinion. The sauvignon blanc Ken Forrester from New Zealand was great. Bill was €250 - horrendously expensive if you're coming from England with the rotten exchange rate, but for locals, it's probably ok value. Overall, it was an enjoyable meal, but there is a lack of attention to detail in the food in some areas and the service needs to be slicker. I think there are better offerings in Paris for the money.

    by James_UK, 1/5/10

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