Fancy restaurants in Paris

Feb 5th, 2005, 02:20 PM
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Hi Jeff --- a dinner with Paris with 200 euros in your pocket... an enviable situation! Even without the foie gras. BTilke's advice is good (avoiding the traditional haute cuisine places and Gascon places).

You might like to try a spiffed-up bistro: a lovely interior, soft lighting (trust me, lighting has much to do with romance), polished service, and dishes that are flavorful and satisfying without being mysterious or unrecognizeable. For instance, there's Aux Lyonnais, run by uber-chef Alain Ducasse. It's not as expensive as some of his other, haute cuisine places, but instead is a resurrection of a turn-of-the-20th-century bistro. It focuses on Lyonnais cuisine, which is a bit lighter and uses more poultry. A great place to try coq au vin.

Bon appetit!
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Feb 5th, 2005, 03:06 PM
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>> For instance, there's Aux Lyonnais, run by uber-chef Alain Ducasse.....It focuses on Lyonnais cuisine, which is a bit lighter and uses more poultry. A great place to try coq au vin.

I would be careful before committing to dining here, if you have limited things that you like . Lyonnaise cooking is quite good, but they are big on "innards".

Aux Lyonnais was the very first restaurant we ever dined at in Paris (1975). It was fabulous. I still remember the Coquilles St Jacques Aux Lyonnaise - quite different than other coquilles I've had - but it was not light at all. We went back a year or two later & it was still quite good. On subsequent trips, the restaurant had fallen into the mediocre range.

We reserved a table for us & other friends this past Sept - hoping that Alan Ducasse had breathed new life into one of our favorite places. The friends are meat & potatoes people. When we got there, most of the selections on the menu were things that they would not eat. I even had trouble finding something to choose - and I'll eat almost anything. A lot of "innards". The menu was also quite limited. I would suggest that anyone considering going to Aux Lyonnaise should check out the menu first. If they have Coq au Vin on the menu, you're in luck , but I don't remember it being offered when we were there. Also, I think everyone at the restaurant was Americans - we ended up in conversation with all the tables around us.

We spend two months in France most years, so that means about 40-50 restaurant meals each year. We found Aux Lyonnaise to be quite disappointing - but that was perhaps because our expectations were so high.

I was not trying to pull a college prank on anyone. I bet you will find that a Magret de Canard will taste more like what you expect a prime NY steak to taste like, than beef you are likely to find at most restaurants in France. That's my experience, anyway. I have almost always been disappointed with French Beef. Aubrec beef is the only kind I've tasted that has rivalled Prime, American Kobe, or other excellent steaks I've had in the US.

Also, consider the Train Blue - it is definitly a place your wife will remember - mine did. Bofinger is quite nice IF you get a seat under the stained glass dome.

Stu Dudley
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Feb 5th, 2005, 03:16 PM
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Some places to get steak in Paris include Gavroche and Gourments de Ternes. Check both of them out in Zagat Paris. Also, you can get steak frites in most bistros, and Bofinger is one of the nicest and best.
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