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just when my dining list was finalized, bonjour paris and local paris papers recommend a whole new slew of places to eat!!

just when my dining list was finalized, bonjour paris and local paris papers recommend a whole new slew of places to eat!!

Mar 13th, 2006, 02:22 PM
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I thought Le Comptoir was closed till June?...We would love to go. Will be in Paris May 1
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Mar 13th, 2006, 02:58 PM
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any recommendations in the 1st? we are leaving on friday. thanks
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Mar 14th, 2006, 03:59 AM
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Good, inexpensive spots in the 1st: Ardoise, Point Bar, Willi's Wine Bar, and if you are into soufflés, Le Soufflé
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Mar 14th, 2006, 04:22 AM
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Have you heard about these six? From Le Figaro...
http://www.paristriptips.com/news/si...d-a-good-time/
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Mar 14th, 2006, 04:54 AM
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Chasteel, I know about those. Le Comptoir is the one we are talking about. I tried to reserve 3 months ago and was told they were booked til June. It is housed in the Relais St. Germain and unless you have a room there, it is impossible to make reservations. I am hoping if I call the same day I may be able to snag a table.
La Ardoise is always our Sunday dinner choice. It is one of the better places open on Sunday, but I am open to other suggestions.
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Mar 14th, 2006, 05:18 PM
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thanks...we are staying around the corner from L'Ardoise and it was very good the last time i was there.
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Mar 15th, 2006, 04:29 AM
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Wow, booked til JUNE? That's incredible.

I have heard rave reviews on L'ami Louis. What about Senderens, the "new" Lucas Carton at Place de la Madeleine?
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Mar 15th, 2006, 08:34 AM
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Chasteel, it's not really booked till June, they just hold tables back for their hotel guests. You can usually get in you call the day before or the day of.

Now L'Ami Louis is a different story. I'm still trying to figure that one out. Last year they told us to call back 30 days in advance. This year they told us 2 weeks so I don't know what the real deal is. We'll just keep trying.

I've read great reviews on Senderens and it's on our short list. Hope we get to it.
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Mar 15th, 2006, 11:17 AM
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Ok, that makes better sense.

I used to really enjoy Le Pre Verre, but I have read some rough reviews of its service lately, on mmmm.free.fr.

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Mar 15th, 2006, 12:28 PM
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Chasteel, I can't read French. I went on the website but it was only in French. We were planning on Le Pre Verre for lunch-should we not?
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Mar 15th, 2006, 02:36 PM
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Yeah, that's the problem with that mmmm website.
The first guy, who went in the summer, said that he was so badly received when he arrived that he just left. The waiter was apparantly extremely rude to him.
Second reviewer was disappointed in the food.
Then there were two more reviewers who were disappointed in the service.

BUT, the good reviews (there are more good than bad) are RAVE reviews, they love it.

I would still go. So much is perception, and if all the reviews were bad (like for Brasserie Lipp, for example) you'd have a problem. But enough people are very pleased, so I would keep it.

I like the mmmm website. I should offer to translate it for them! It is great to have the Parisians' viewpoint on restaurants.
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Mar 15th, 2006, 04:12 PM
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I ate at Le Pre Verre in January for dinner and we had Excellent Service, and Excellent food. Dinner and wine for about 82€. I would definately return. No tables were vacant either. It was filled with French diners. You must reserve ahead of time. We dine out in Paris a few times a year so have had alot of experience with eating there. Don't be afraid to go!
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Mar 15th, 2006, 07:19 PM
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Those of us who "plan" ahead typically end up with dozens (hundreds) more dining "possibilites" than meals available.

In addition to that, if you enjoy a three-course lunch, you really cannot probably enjoy a three-course dinner the same day.

Not to worry.

Best bet is to plot all your "possibilities" on a map, considering where you'll be at lunch time or dinner time, along with whether it would me more convenient to "dine" near your destination or within steps of your hotel (especially should you wish to "freshen up" before heading out to dinner, which you ultimately will most likely not feel like doing).

All in all, you can hardly go wrong if you've pared your list down to the most APPEALING (to you) places available.

What matters is a wonderful dining experience, and NOT places you didn't have the opportunity to try.
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Mar 15th, 2006, 07:47 PM
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>>In addition to that, if you enjoy a three-course lunch, you really cannot probably enjoy a three-course dinner the same day.<<

The only time that was true for me was back in the days I was young and invincible and into 3* places and had lunch at Les Trois Marches in Versailles the same day we had dinner at Taillevent. Probably not the best idea.

As for Paris bistros, however, my attitude is "so many restos, so little time". (OK, I eat salads at home in the apartment every once in a while.) ;-)

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Mar 16th, 2006, 04:49 AM
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I am sad to admit that I can (and will) eat a 3 course lunch and a 3 course dinner in Paris!! We eat lunch around 1 and dinner around 9 and we walk all afternoon and then back to our apt. from the restaurant at night. Last time we were there, we ate dinner at Au Bascou in the Marais and then walked back (a 1 1/2 hour walk) to the 7th!!
I don't usually eat like this at home but there are too many good meals to try and not enough days!
I was looking at Pre Verre for lunch-the L'Express article said they had a 12E lunch menu which seems too good to be true-has anyone tried it?
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