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The hippest, trendiest restaurant in Paris right now is..

Jan 31st, 2006, 06:23 PM
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Mimi, you will be there soon! You can be hipper & trendier than I
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Jan 31st, 2006, 06:25 PM
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There is this ghost that sits beside me while I post and now and then he makes me say things that make no sense lol

That should have been...Mimi, you will be there soon. You can be hipper and trendier than I can ever be, but please tell us all about it!
Starrsville, it might be just winter, making us feel old and tired? or is it the constant rain?
Come warm weather, we will be out being hip and trendy again!
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Jan 31st, 2006, 06:33 PM
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A desire to be hip and trendy is uncorrelated with age. It's mainly something that indicates a preoccupation with what other people think. The only reason to seek out a hip and trendy place is so that one can make an impression upon others. If you don't care what other people think, hip and trendy don't mean anything.
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Jan 31st, 2006, 06:47 PM
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Anthony that is harsh. Some can(not me) can afford these new places and if they love new places like I like new films, it's a special pleasure. What's important to one is not to another and I do not diminish someones preferences. Like I hate sports on TV that my husband watches but I have my own Tv and can watch what I want without destroying his pleasure. now, I'd love to have lunch at Gaya, if possible.
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Jan 31st, 2006, 09:36 PM
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Who cares? Not me, but obviously others do.
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Jan 31st, 2006, 10:28 PM
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Pegon, for a 68 year old man who travels with his sister, you are no one to judge.
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Jan 31st, 2006, 11:36 PM
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if a restaurant is being discussed on fodors travel talk, it can't be very hip and trendy!
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Feb 1st, 2006, 06:41 AM
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ok, you've all had your fun now! I'm sure each and every one of you is hipper and trendier than the next! Hip and Trendy is just a state of mind and I'm sure you are all loads of fun in all your own ways!!!!!

However, any more restaurant suggestions?

I use the term hip and trendy kind of loose; DH and I just like fun brnad new places. We are avid people watchers as well!!

Thanks a mil for the suggestions so far; a few I have been to already. But Senderens is one I was considering, love to see what they did to Lucas.

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Feb 1st, 2006, 12:22 PM
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cigale, trip girl,

Le comptoir du Relais IS open.
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Feb 1st, 2006, 12:29 PM
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no. it's closed til june. phone and listen to the message.The chef was dissatisfied with the size of the kitchen.
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Feb 1st, 2006, 07:31 PM
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L'Astrance is certainly one of the most hottest places in town--and deservedly so! We ate at L'Astrance last March. My companion and I ordered the 150 Euro tasting menu and ordered wine by the glass. According to my journal, the meal was as follows:

Parmesan french toast w/ black truffle

Smashed cod w/juniper and lime

Avocado and crab ravioli (the signature dish: tasty, but it didn't knock my socks off)

Scallop in miso broth and green radish dressing, served with a clam and tasty pieces of ? (journal illegible!)

Whitefish accompanied by a sauce(orange juice? tomato?)on the side containing bits of shellfish; cabbage w/ wheat berries and two kinds of foam.

Shrimps with onion, caper, red pepper and 'peanut butter'(i.e. smashed peanut)

Turbot w/ morels and 'weird' spinach blob (puree?)

White and green asparagus in Belgian biscuit ('Spicuous') sauce; cinnamon and coffee 'blob' on side

Three purees: Potato and truffle, watercress and truffle, parmesan

Chicken thigh, w/ crackly-crisp skin and chocolate-pepper stripe; eggplant (side dish)

Pepper sorbet and lemongrass (in shot glass)

Macaroon with almond cream; apple tatin, apple slices

Eggnog in eggshell (the Passard influence--the chef apprenticed under him)

Fruit plate

The usual assortment of after-dinner confections.


So, the fussiness quotient is definitely there. I was skeptical at first but the meal improved as it went along and by the end, I was delighted. It was a spectacular meal and a wonderful way to round off our stay in Paris.
PS. We were seated in the balcony. At first, I thought we were being given the Parisian cold shoulder and were being balkanized but the view gave us a wonderful vantage point and it proved wonderful theatre.

Hope this helps!
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Feb 2nd, 2006, 06:19 PM
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Has anyone tried Nemo's grille in the Eiffel Tower?
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Feb 6th, 2006, 06:21 AM
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The restaurant in the Baccarat museum "Crystal Room". Good luck getting a table.
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Feb 6th, 2006, 06:47 AM
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Marking for future reference
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Feb 6th, 2006, 08:12 AM
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Me too, marking, that is...
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 10:43 AM
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I'm a female, and I'm 70, not 68! My opinion is equally valid as those of the trendy folks. Maybe more so, since I've been around longer and am not impressed by things just because they're hip.
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 12:08 PM
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You tell 'em.

I too have been around long enough to no longer be impressed by the flavor of the month, today's flash in the pan, or anything that's principle claim to fame is that it is popular.

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Feb 22nd, 2006, 12:43 PM
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i called over a month ago for may reservations at le comptoir and was told they were booked til june!
i ate at l' astrance just short of 5 years ago when it had just opened. it really was amazing. the prices for the same dinner have more that doubled so i wont be eating there this may. sigh...
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 01:02 PM
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What I heard about Le Comptoir is that they are holding available reservations for the hotel guests. If there are free tables after that they will be released to the public. So if you are interested it seems to me that the best plan (other than staying in the hotel) is to call that day and ask if there is availability.
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