I'm recently back from 10 days in Paris and had some pretty great food while I was there. I'm going to start my report with a list of places I went that I'd definitely recommend -- along with some brief classification notes -- and follow up over the next couple of weeks with detailed posts about individual places.
Looking forward to it...we're heading back to Paris for a week over Thanksgiving, so it will be good to get some extremely recent reviews.
A couple quick questions: Which of the "bistro-style places" was your favorite? And, assuming reservations were required at La Régalade Saint Honoré, were they difficult to obtain?
I know this wasn't intended for me but as my wife and I recall our summer in Paris a few places just keep coming to mind. In this category, I would echo the praise for Chez Dumonet and would add the following:
-Bistrot Paul Bert - seemed to be every Parisien's "favorite" bistro and for good reason.
-A La Biche au Bois - not quite "off the beaten path" but far enough so that you typically don't see "too" many tourists - nice neighborhood though and not difficult to find nor get to. Fixed menu at about 29 euro with a very generous cheese assortment. If you'll be there in Nov, there's a chance that they'll be offering more game dishes - their signature.
-Café de Musees - Open on Sunday and less tourists than you'd think, especially in this neighborhood. I had one the best things I ate this year there - pork shoulder in garlic sauce. If it's on the menu, get it.
Oh yeah, always get reservations. All of these places speak a little English and were very nice to us (non French speakers). Also, upthread, I think I mention Lebovitz' blog and the parisbymouth site. Recommend both highly.
I was there for June and July this year - not exactly "extremely" recent but if you have any questions, feel free to PM me. Have fun.
Thank you, Russ & Ronnie.
I've heard a lot of good things about Paul Bert, and if we can fit it in we certainly will. We found Café de Musees a visit or two ago thanks to the Hungry for Paris
book. I still carry their business card with me and suggest it to folks all of the time...the last time we were there was probably over a year ago at this point, but I had a fantastic blood sausage terrine with green chartreuse that I can still close my eyes and taste to this day. It may get a stop if we get over to the Picasso Museum this time around, or maybe for Sunday dinner, as our other options are quite slim.
We have the great fortune that my best friend's sister lives in Paris and has offered to make all of our reservations for us, so my wife is off the hook (her French is a million times better than mine, but she hates speaking on the phone). When I told our friend that we wanted to go to La Régalade Saint Honoré, she asked if she and her husband could join us...it's their favorite place right now, so I'm very excited for that. I think Joséphine Chez Dumonet will also be a must.
A few random questions:
Is it worth trying to cram oneself into L'Avant Comptoir?
Le Chateaubriand, is it Schwa Paris or a fashion show that also serves food?
Planning to check out the cocktail scene, I've heard the latest from the Experimental/Curio group is Prescription Cocktail Club...if anyone has any good info on any of the three, I'd appreciate it.
Not to get too off-topic, but anyone have any recommendations for the Loire Valley? (Feel free to PM.)