paris Brasserie? best menu

Old Jul 16th, 2006, 04:40 PM
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paris Brasserie? best menu

Bofinger,IIle de St Louis,Petit Zinc,Pharamond,all on my list to try but looking over the menus (formule).. I'm trying to pick best options and good value....we want one Belle Epoque place for this time.Any suggestions???has anyone been to Boullion Racine?? thanks
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Old Jul 16th, 2006, 04:52 PM
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L'Ile de st Louis is a big place..just what cafe,bistro,restaurant were you looking at? I would not call Petit Zinc , Belle Epoque!
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Old Jul 17th, 2006, 05:19 AM
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topping....
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Old Jul 17th, 2006, 06:06 AM
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Bofinger is a classic. Here's a pretty good list I found with small photos

http://www.cometoparis.com/parisianbrasseries.html
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Old Jul 17th, 2006, 06:38 AM
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Everyone should definitely go to Boginger and have one of two things, the choucroute, or the plateau de mer (cold raw seafood in a huge brazier set high over the table). All fun and all good. Choucroute (a very lowfat version I created) is now one of our favorite winter comfort foods.

And sit under the beautiful stained glass ceiling, and wear something too outrageous to brave wearing anywhere else, and drink something French. (And tell 'em I sent you.)

I'll be at my usual table in a very large red hat.

Did't like Ile de St. Louis du tous.
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Old Jul 17th, 2006, 06:43 AM
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Options:

"..Brasserie Lipp is a preserve of the Belle Epoque world of 1900.."
Brasserie Lipp - 151 blvd St Germain
Tel: 01-45-48-72-93
http://www.paris.org/Cafes/Lipp/
http://www.brasserie-lipp.fr/

"..Bofinger's stained-glass ceiling, ceramics, marquetry, mirrors and tulip-shaped sconces compose a magnificent Belle-Époque décor.."
Bofinger - 3-7, rue de la Bastille
75004 Paris Tel: 01 42 72 87 82
http://www.gayot.com/restaurantpages...ES0253&code=PA

"..Beautiful Belle Epoque traditional French brasserie.."
Le Grand Colbert - 2-4 rue Vivienne
Tel: 01-42-86-87-88
http://www.ivebeenthere.co.uk/tips/2281
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Old Jul 17th, 2006, 06:55 AM
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>I would not call Petit Zinc , Belle Epoque!<

What would you call an Art Deco restaurant?

In addition to Lipp, there is also http://www.vagenende.fr/us/index.html

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Old Jul 17th, 2006, 07:00 AM
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Here are a few Belle Epoque establishment:

Au Trou Gascon (12th Arr) offers very good cuisine from Gascony in a slightly subdued Belle Epoque environment.

La Fermette Marbeauf (Champs-Elysees area) Beautiful Belle Epoques with some Art Noveau touches. Solid classic dishes. Its quite touristy, but also popular with business crowd during lunch.
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Old Jul 17th, 2006, 09:34 AM
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Le Train Bleu at the Gare de Lyon is very Belle Epoque. www.le-train-bleu.com

Last year the prix fixe dinner was 43 euro.
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Old Jul 17th, 2006, 09:45 AM
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We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Le Grand Colbert in May. We happened by, without reservations, and they nicely accomodated us anyway. The meal was lovely... fresh strawberries and piles of crème fraiche to finish it off (and of course a taste of BF's profiteroles!).
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Old Jul 17th, 2006, 10:01 AM
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Also, Cafe de la Paix in the Intercontinental Hotel across the place from Opera Garnier. Not a brasserie but a lovely Belle Epoque restaurant with very friendly service.
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Old Jul 17th, 2006, 05:22 PM
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oh thank you! so informative!!!
I guess I'll eliminate the Petit Zinc...I liked the pharamonds page http://www.le-pharamond.com/

mclaurie- I like that site.

I didn't like look of Bofinger's formule so yes we will go and have the plat de mer ..good idea! outrageous? I have nothing outrageous...oh wait I have a pair of pink fishnets....and drink champagne? Im getting excited!!

the lipp menu looks very good...

Le Grand Colbert is in a great location and I didnt know that was the restaurant in the movie!!...We need to go..do they have a site?? .what about the price (hate to ask)

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Old Jul 17th, 2006, 06:04 PM
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Brasserie Julien,
16 rue du Faubourg St-Denis, Paris, France
Phone: 01-47-70-12-06

From Fodor's restaurants:
"Famed for its 1879 decor -- think Art Nouveau stained glass, La Bohème-ish street lamps hung with vintage hats -- this Belle Époque dazzler certainly lives up to its oft-quoted moniker, "the poor man's Maxim's." Look for smoked salmon, stuffed roast lamb, cassoulet, and, to finish, profiteroles or the coupe Julien (ice cream with cherries)...There's service until midnight, with a late-night menu for EUR23.50 from 10 PM. AE, DC, MC, V. Métro: Strasbourg St-Denis.

This place is gorgeous!
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Old Jul 17th, 2006, 08:37 PM
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Depends on what you mean by "Belle Epoque" - Art Nouveau, "Fin de Seicle", Art Deco...

To me, the most beautiful are Cafe de la Paix (recently restored) and Le Train Bleu (we happened to be near this one between lunch and dinner, where we were able to order just a cup of coffee in the cocktail lounge and wander all about and take photos). We had a really nice lunch at Cafe de la Paix. Friends reported a nice lunch at Le Train Bleu.

I think Le Petit Zinc looked much prettier before they added the Art Deco touches.

Vagenende is gorgeous throughout! Some report mediocre food, but we've always been pleased. I had a very nice dinner there in May. You can see photos and the entire menu http://www.vagenende.fr/p3.html

Brasserie Lipp is also beautiful throughout.

If you reserve at Le Fermette Marbeauf, be sure to ask for a table in Le Jardin d'Hiver room. Otherwise, you'll likely be seated in one of the other dining rooms which are very plain.

Chez Francis has a gorgeous dining room, all carved wood and mirrors.
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Old Jul 18th, 2006, 05:36 AM
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I was not impbressed with lLe Fermette Marbeuf. But Chez Julien is also superbe.

The thing to eat there is fois gras for an appetizer and steak with sauce Bernaise for an entree and then have profiteroles for dessert. Truly memorable evening even for those not easily impressed (moi). You can meet some fun people at the banquette seating. Go both places- not for the formule.

Pink fishnet hose are always good, as is also a long cigarette holder!
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Old Jul 18th, 2006, 06:50 AM
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Hi hypatia,

>I guess I'll eliminate the Petit Zinc....

Oh dear.

Have you looked at http://www.blanc.net/zinc/index.html?

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hypatia, I don't remember what the exact cost was as my BF treated his sister and myself on our last night in town.

For three of us, I think it was about 120-150€? I can't remember if we ordered appetizers, but we did have a cocktail and a bottle of wine; BF and I shared a yummy steak-for-two dish and his sister had a vegetarian pasta dish; 3 desserts and coffee... I may have left something out, but that sounds about right.

...They had a poster from the movie wedged in a corner of the window, otherwise we wouldn't have known about the connection. My BF originally pointed out the place because he loves Stephen Colbert!
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Old Jul 18th, 2006, 10:34 PM
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Our tab in May was about €72 for two, including one drink and one glass of wine. We ordered haphazardly (not matching courses with one another). Food and service were wonderful.

The menu is posted outside, so you can wander by, take a look, and reserve if you like. Items in all price ranges, though, so you shouldn't have any trouble selecting appealing items at favorable prices.
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Old Jul 18th, 2006, 10:34 PM
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PS The above is in reference to Le Grand Colbert.

Note that Brasserie Julien and Chez Julien are two different places. We love Chez Julien.
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Old Jul 19th, 2006, 10:54 AM
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I was not impressed with le Petit Zinc either. You will never forget Chez Julien OR Bofinger - I'd probably vote for Chez Julien if you're not wild for your first and favorite choucroute.
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