6 weeks in Paris - Restaurant Roundup

Old Jan 29th, 2011, 02:14 AM
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6 weeks in Paris - Restaurant Roundup

We leave Paris tomorrow (sniff) after 6 weeks - but since we're driving to Venice (via Corsica) I can't really complain!

I did a lot of restaurant research before I left and overall was thrilled with the restaurants we chose - following is a list and brief comment. At the bottom is a link to the Restaurant pages of our blog which has a much fuller description of the meals and photos, plus pricing and address details. (we are still adding to it so check back in a few days for all the restaurants listed below)

Note virtually all of our meals are at lunch - the value is better and we cook in the apartment in the evenings. In most cases we had a reservation (made the day before but it is January).

<b>Taillevent</b> - went twice for lunch. Superb value for 80E (95E with an excellent flight of wine)
<b>l'Affriole</b> - an accidental find in the 7th. Also went twice for creative, delicious food.
<b>L'Epi Dupin</b> - some reviews were negative (too many tourists, indifferent service) but agreed the food was good. Which it was - and no tourists (except us) and excellent service
<b>Le Mesturet</b> - near our apartment in the 1st - fun bistro/good prices
<b>Le Regalade St Honore</b> - excellent lunch - walked in without a reservation and got the last table at 1pm
<b>SPRING</b> - although a single menu is not our favourite, we had a wonderful time here and the American chef is delightful (he sourced a chicken for us to cook at home - see the blog for the great Cou Cou experiment)
<b>Yam'tcha</b> - exquisite, delicate Cantonese/French cuisine and charming service
<b>Aux Bon Crus</b> - "our" bar/restaurant up the street from our apartment on Rue des Petits Champs - ate here many times - delicious confit (and same prices lunch and dinner which is nice). Owner Luke and Manager Malika are charming hosts
<b>L'Ecurie</b> - well known old restaurant by the Pantheon - famous for steak/frites. Room is delightful and staff lovely. Steak was good/frites were great
<b>Domaine Lintillac</b> - near the Bourse - good confit/duck at a very reasonable price
<b>Les Fine Gueules</b> - wine bar/restaurant - excellent fish
<b>Higuma</b> - Ramen restaurant famed for their dumplings. The constant line up meant we had to try it - dumplings were delicious/soup was a little thin but plentiful and cheap
<b>L'Ami Jean</b> - excellent Basque cuisine
<b>Rotisserie D'en Face</b> (Jacques Cagna) - a sentimental visit for us as we went to Cagna's main restaurant 27 years ago - had a lovely lunch at the Rotisserie across the street and spent time with M. Cagna
<b>Au Coins des Gourmets</b> - Indochinese cuisine - a vegetarian friend was visiting and the menu selection was excellent for him.
<b>Joe Allen</b> - craved a hamburger!

Ones that got away - on the list for next time

<b>Frenchie
La Cordonnerie
L'Violins d'Ingres
Le Reminet
Robert et Louise
Willi's Wine Bar
Aux Lyonnais</b>


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You're killing us, but thank you!!
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This is very timely - we are headed to our first trip to Paris in late April and I didn't even know where to start. Thank you.
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I just checked your blog - oh my! The pictures of the food, well they just could be considered "porn" for the gastronome!

If I thought I was overwhelmed before, this simply confirms it
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Many thanks for a most enjoyable and informative Paris report, little wonder that you leave with some reluctance.
The report would have been even more informative if the secret of how the male of the species can consistently get away with staying on bedwarming duties while his better half went out for the morning paper......

Taking a short break in Paris in March, self catering. Did you find any killer ready made meals that could be prepared on a two hob/one microwave kitchen? Loved the food section of Bon Marche on last visit but was not buying then, only looking (and salivating).

When you get to Venice, you might check out Trattoria Corte Sconta (Calle del Pestrin in the Castello area); cannot remember getting a menu, just the waiter listing off the (all) fish options. Not fancy, not cheap but a nice buzz to the place.
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LOL - SeeDee - thanks for the Venice reco! I'm a bit behind on my research there.

Re the paper - week 3 I decided to try the Herald Tribune on our Kindles .... "but we won't like it, we like the feel of real newsprint" we said. HAH! It's delivered at 5am and is $20 a month instead of $4 a day. And I get to stay in the warm bed too!
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Thanks Liz. Merveilleux !

I've been simply enjoying your blog for a few weeks now. I remember reading the African one with great pleasure and this one's just as enjoyable. The food in Paris is a gastronome's dream and your pictures, captions and observations match well. So too for your other blog topics. There is a possibility that I may have a few days in Paris this Fall and if so, your restaurant list will be my guide.

Looking forward to hearing about, seeing, and drooling over your further adventures. Happy travels, and regards to Richard. Hope to catch up again at this years GTG.


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Hi Liz! That six weeks went by quickly. I see that you ate well although I think L'Ecurie was more fun than "good".

I loved your entry to the blog and seeing that beautiful blue sky at Montmarte.

Safe and happy travels as you continue your adventure. I hope our paths will cross again one day soon.
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Wow! Great blog and great restaurant recommendations. thanks
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Liz: I always enjoy your posts. And your great blog!

The apt you recommended to me in Barcelona was filled for our dates, so we took another not far away, also not far from La Boqueria. I am searching for your Barcelona food report--not sure why I am not able to find...

Many thanks!
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Great blog post, love and completely agree with DebitNM's comment!

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Oh boy, more to add to my list.

Smiling at the thought of driving to Venice from Paris by way of Corisca. Hoping there's a ferry or two involved.
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Thanks Liz, fantastic, we are in Paris early April so will try some of your suggestions!
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Thanks for your report. I will there in May and looking forward to trying some of your favorites
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Never mind my post above; I found your superlative Barcelona report!
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Notice your note on the pictures about the DeLuc Agency - Do you read the Cara Black Books - We do and have this SAME picture from our trip in 2009
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Loved the blog and the photos, well done. Are you now running around the block to get rid of some of this food??

I have copied your blog link for future reference.
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Love your report..BUT..we had terrible dinner at L'Epi Dupin. It was fully packed, all tourists, for dinner. Really close tables. My duck turned out to be duck hearts, very chewy and no taste. My husband disliked his meal even more than I did. Only dinner we have ever walked out without included dessert in Paris. Very disappointing!
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Old Feb 10th, 2011, 07:53 AM
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Elainee - L'Epi Dupin certainly gets polar reviews - our experience was very good but I think the fact it was the middle of January really helped.


Update - a few more restaurant blog posts have been added

http://lizandrichardsa.typepad.com/p...d/restaurants/
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