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Please help me with Paris restaurants before I lose my mind!

Please help me with Paris restaurants before I lose my mind!

Sep 10th, 2006, 01:21 AM
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I'd like to add to your list one of our favourite Paris restaurants: Pomze.

The interesting thing about Pomze is that the menu is completely apple-themed. I think the restaurant is partly sponsored by an apple growers' cooperative. All of the dishes have some apple in them. We were worried that the food and the restaurant would be gimmicky - or tacky. In fact, it was exactly the opposite. The flavours are subtle, the menu is modern and inventive - without being gimmicky or quirky. The food will be interesting and unusual enough for the two of you, and "safe enough" for your less adventurous companions.

Although wine is available, the best thing to do is to have the cider degustation with your meal - 3 glasses of (alcoholic) cider for 11 euros in total, each glass matched to the dish you have chosen. The waiter stops by to explain why each cider has been chosen for a particular course. And, of course, they have a nice selection of Calvados to finish off your meal.

It has an excellent 3-course prix fixe menu at 35 euros. When we were there (for my birthday), we chose one prix fixe (3 courses), plus two dishes of the regular menu (about 35 euros for the two choices a la carte) - this combination gave us more options - and the single dessert we shared was more than enough to satisfy both of us.

The restaurant is in the 8th arrondissement, in a converted Haussmanian style apartment, but with a fresh modern decor inside. You get a nice very Parisian streetscape view while dining (the dining room is situated on an upper floor, while there is a bar/tea room on the main floor).

Check it out at www.pomze.com
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Sep 10th, 2006, 03:09 AM
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I guess in regard to Le Grand Colbert they have elevated it to such a level that you get a great view of Paris also.
The meal at Jules Verne may not be 3* but it is 1* and it is definitely a wonderful and memorable experience enjoyed by Parisians and tourists from all parts of the world.
Go at lunch and enjoy thoroughly.
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Sep 10th, 2006, 04:13 AM
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Le Bistrot d'Opio and Fontaine de Mars were FABULOUS. Really wonderful, memorable meals for a very fair price. Even if they weren't already on your list of possibilities, they would be the only 2 places I would have recommended anyhow, from the list of restaurants my DH and I tried in Paris.

However, Le Coupe Chou and Fermette Marbeuf are, in my opinion, NOT worth visiting. Le Coupe Chou was just mediocre, but Fermette Marbeuf was my worst meal in Paris (which actually doesn't say much - we generally had great luck with food), and the Belle Epoque dining area is less beautiful in person than the website/online pics make it appear.

Hope this helps some. By the way, if you click on my username, you should be able to dig up my trip report, which contains more details on the restaurants we ate at.
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Sep 10th, 2006, 02:34 PM
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Chez Renee is a favorite, and they are open all day, no closing between lunch and dinner. We love the broiled sole and tenderloin/bearnaise, creme brulee etc. This place is full of locals and very low key, we wouldn't miss it.
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Sep 30th, 2006, 09:30 PM
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Dear Hausfrau,
wie geht's? Have you been to Paris yet? Which restuarants did you try? I just returned from France where I went for the grape harvest in Champagne (Maison Philippe Gonet) among other things. If you ever make Lyon on your next trip, perhaps, please do not miss Paul Bocuse's restaurant L'Auberge de Pont du Collonges. I just dined there recently and Paul is 80 years young and going strong!Best, Dr. Michael Lim is The Travelling Gourmet
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Oct 7th, 2006, 06:38 AM
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Maybe too late, but my Paris votes go to Fontaine de Mars and Le Troquet. Others not on the list...Epi Dupin, Aux Lyonnais, and Willis Wine Bar. All are reasonable, GREAT food, and intimate.

I suppose a brasserie is a must, so thumbs up on Lipp and Bofinger...but only if you eat in the main dining rooms.

One other suggestion...make reservations for 8pm or 9pm. If earlier, then you run the risk of eating great food in a too-quiet restaurant.

Any other suggestions for great food and ambience at reasonable prices?
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Oct 7th, 2006, 07:24 AM
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Like Hausfrau and Julie, I am an obsessive planner when it comes to anything food-related. Here are places I reserved for my upcoming 6 days in Paris. To this list I am going to add Ze Kitchen Galerie, maybe for lunch. I would love comments on any of these picks...Thanks again to Maribel for her expert guidance:
Le Petit Pamphlet
Le Reminet
Chez L"Ami Jean

I should add that I feel quite a responsibility becaue I am choosing for a group of 6 people...
I am also looking for places for solo dinner on three additional nights (hopefully not more than 50-60 Euro) ..one should be close (20 minute walk??) to my hotel on Ile St. Louis..thinking Mon Vieil Ami?
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Oct 7th, 2006, 07:48 AM
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Le Caveau de L'Isle, on Isle St. Louis, is a very nice little restaurant with great service and good prices. They have a website that lists their menu, and have been mentioned on this forum several times by others.
Oct 7th, 2006, 07:59 AM
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Thanks, Maureen! I should add that I do not need to dine on the Ile itself..willing to walk 20 minutes or so in any direction. I have traveled to Paris quite a few times, for visits of several weeks' duration on some trips, but it has been about 5 years since my last visit.
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Oct 7th, 2006, 08:16 AM
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Yes, we are back from our lovely 6-day trip to Paris and environs! I promise to do a complete report (eventually), but to tide you over, I'll let you know that we ended up making reservations for every night, which worked out very nicely, as follows:

- Chez Savy (ended up being a group of 10 of us, most of whom were not foodies, so this was a nice place to introduce them to simple, classic French cuisine at reasonable prices)

- Le Petit Troquet (I think this was our favorite, for the combination of great food, great service, and great atmosphere!)

- La Fontaine de Mars (I was a little disappointed as it seemed to be the most "touristified" of the 4, but by no means was it a bad experience)

- La Bastide Odeon (a close second to Petit Troquet, with absolutely wonderful service!)

You'll notice we ended up with four small, cozy places and no big brasseries. That happened a bit by accident but I realized afterwards that we all prefer small, cozy places and thus was drawn to those descriptions!

A big thank you to everyone who gave such thoughtful advice. Obviously I will need to make many, many more trips to Paris to visit the rest of the places you recommended.

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Oct 7th, 2006, 08:53 AM
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Hausfrau I really appreciate the information. La Bastide Odeon looks promising for one of my solo dinners. I like the idea of sampling the fare of various regions, in this case, Provence. I will put this on my short list for the nights I will be dining alone..it is close to my hotel on Ile St. Louis. Thanks again! Still looking for a few more places.....
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Oct 7th, 2006, 08:57 AM
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A vote for Le Grand Colbert. It's a classic bistro and really quite affordable. We ate lunch there on a rainy day after exploring the Passages.
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Jan 5th, 2007, 01:42 AM
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Please don't take this as a blatant advertisement for my trip report, but I felt that I owed you all a complete description of our restaurant experience. The report is VERY long and is posted as "Hausfrau's Belated Paris (& Environs) Trip Report" at http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34862586
but you can skip to the end of each day's entry for the restaurant review. Thanks again for all your help! Oh, and by the way, ira - we had a glass of kir every night.
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Jan 5th, 2007, 03:25 AM
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Useful thread. You wonder why folks would discuss what shoes to wear when you could have this sort of info before you go on a trip. Then again I am a guy.
Jan 5th, 2007, 05:31 AM
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hausfrau, the link you posted for your trip report is for this very thread. It looks like the trip report is at

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Jan 5th, 2007, 07:31 AM
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Whoops! I knew I would screw that up somehow. Thanks Bree!
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Too many posts in day will do that to ya
Jan 5th, 2007, 09:27 AM
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If you are implying that I've posted too much today, you are probably right. ;-) I've started planning my first trip to the U.K. and I've really been on Fodor's FAR too long today! Such is the life of the Hausfrau...
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Jan 9th, 2007, 12:48 AM
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Hi, hausfrau - i too am suffering from posing overload [at least according to my DH!]

Here's a quick plug for you including Cornwall in your UK trip - when are you planning your visit?

Best wishes,

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Jan 18th, 2007, 05:19 AM
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I heard a rumor that La Fontaine de Mars has closed! can anyone please confirm??? my parents are making plans for later this month and were told by their hotel concierge that it had closed (oui madame, ferme!). I'm sure it wasn't for lack of business. this wonderful place has been a regular stop for me every time I'm in Paris. anyone have any news on this?
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