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Mar 21st, 2002, 12:14 PM
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Maribel, just for your info, from folks on another board, all seasoned Paris travellers, their take on Astrance was mixed. For one it was OK and the other two were disappointed. Said the waiters were a bit off putting and the food not excellent. An aside, one of these folks lives in Paris part time and is European so it is not an American "thing".
 
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Mar 21st, 2002, 01:59 PM
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Was at Le Violon d'Ingres in late February/early March. Had been there two years ago. First time stopped on a whim for lunch and wonder of wonders, they could take us. I recall decor as "springy" with lots of back lighting. We were seated in the room farthest from the street at a round table. Seemed fairly informal and fun. I recall the most wonderful meringues with lemon cream for dessert. This time we went for dinner. It's been redone, in sort of brick red. Pictures of women, etchings really on the brick red background in white. Heads in the first room you enter, torsos (clothed, as I recall) in the middle and whole women in the farthest back room. We were seated in the middle at rectangular tables with banquettes along the walls. I'm sure that the decor change was designed to give the whole place more of a "look" but I can't say that I like it better than the old decor. It's more formal. I think the middle room is too cramped. There really isn't the kind of room that's necessary between tables on each side for the waitstaff to pass each other, so they are forever waiting with large trays for someone else to pass. I think it makes them kind of tense and just doesn't contribute to an overall feeling of well-being for either those serving or those being served. I'd ask for tables in the room farthest from the street. oh, in the decor change the revision to the bathrooms is very good. Modern, stripped down grey slate and silver fixtures. Minimalist nice. Food didn't quite measure up to my recollections from the first time. Done well. I just may have not ordered as well as previously. Cheeses are wonderful and nicely served.
 
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Mar 21st, 2002, 06:01 PM
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Gretchen,
Thanks for the other report on L'Astrance. Still haven't heard from them, although I faxed them directly last week. I appreciate your feedback.
Wendy,
Loved your description of Michel Chaudin. I have him on our chocoate list. And I will definitely take copious notes of our dining to post upon return.
Just heard from Bastide Odeon, which I had mixed feelings about because I've heard it's always just inundated with Americans. They faxed me to tell me that they will be closed during our stay (3/23-4/1) ???
Of all our reservations, Les Bookinistes was the speediest to reply via fax. Looking forward to our leisurely lunch there.
Julie and Elaine,
Thanks for such wonderful detail about Le Violin d'Ingre. We may decide to throw caution and budget to the winds on our last evening and give it a try, provided we can snag a table at such a late date (leaving tomorrow!).
Again, Bon Appetit!
 
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Mar 21st, 2002, 06:06 PM
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La Regalade is our favorite bistro. Reservations in advance a must.
 
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Mar 2nd, 2003, 01:32 PM
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Mar 2nd, 2003, 07:38 PM
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We ate at Le Vieux Bistro--dinner, not lunch--nearly a year ago and thought it was very good, but not great. I envy those who were able to describe their meals in detail, as I can't remember exactly what we ate, but it was a bit too "heavy" for my taste and we really weren't treated all that nicely.

On the other hand, IMO a much more memorable meal was at Le Grande Cafe (near the old opera house). The food is prepared at your table and was much "lighter" and wonderful. Also, the restaurant is gorgeous--all stained glass (even the ceiling). And the chef/waiter was delightful. When I complimented him on the food (in my very limited French), he kept bringing us more deserts and desert wines. Also, I believe it was less expensive than Le Vieux Bistro.
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Mar 2nd, 2003, 08:26 PM
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Echo the praise for Le Grande Cafe. We enjoyed a very nice lunch there last September.
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Oct 20th, 2007, 12:07 PM
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Oct 20th, 2007, 03:52 PM
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And sometimes dining in a simple manner can be quite enjoyable as well, here are two thoughts;

You can have a very simple lunch at bakeries such as the Artesian Bakery, three or four stores down from L'Occitane. The bakery has wonderful small quiche, sandwiches and macaroons (coffee, rasberry or pistacho filled) among other selections. Take food with you or eat outside and people watch.

One day just pick up some bread, brie, wine, maybe even a simple salad like Tabole. Eat in your room or a park and enjoy. Something about the food in Paris (even items noted here) that taste magnficent. Pure pleasure. Bonne appetite!
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Oct 20th, 2007, 03:52 PM
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And sometimes dining in a simple manner can be quite enjoyable as well, here are two thoughts;

You can have a very simple lunch at bakeries such as the Artesian Bakery, three or four stores down from L'Occitane, several blocks down from Notre Dame. The bakery has wonderful small quiche, sandwiches and macaroons (coffee, rasberry or pistacho filled) among other selections. Take food with you or eat outside and people watch.

One day just pick up some bread, brie, wine, maybe even a simple salad like Tabole. Eat in your room or a park and enjoy. Something about the food in Paris (even items noted here) that taste magnficent. Pure pleasure. Bonne appetite!
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Oct 21st, 2007, 01:52 AM
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I hope no one is relying on this post for some of the recommendations near the beginning.
The post is 5 years old and some of those places are no longer in business!
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