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Best Boeuf Bourguignon in Paris?

Erin Mar 2, 2006 02:41 PM

My family has been traving to Paris at least once a year since I was a child. We always stayed in the St. Germain area and religiously had our first dinner at a restaurant that served the best boeuf bourguignon. We returned a few years ago to find out that the restaurant has closed. We have not been able to find a good substitute. I will be in Paris with my Mom in April and I would love to find a good place before we go. We are renting an apartment in St. Germain, but would travel anywhere for good food. Any suggestions? Thank you so much!

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    wyf4lyf RE: Erin Mar 2, 2006 07:31 PM

    According to "Gourmet Paris" by Emmanuel Rubin -- the book that is divided not by area, but by the dish you want to try -- the best places for Boeuf Bourguignon are: Le Recamier in the 7th, Chez Rene in the 5th, and Le Vieux Bistrot in the 4th. I'd heard elsewhere that Le Vieux Bistrot had excellent boeuf bourg. but when we went there, they were closed with a stove malfunction. :( Let us know what you find!

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      Dodo RE: wyf4lyf Mar 3, 2006 08:35 AM

      Le Récamier has gone and La Cigale Récamier (previous location Rue Chomel) moved into the place about two years ago.

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        faijay( fai jackson) RE: wyf4lyf Mar 3, 2006 11:20 AM

        I had the BB at Chez Rene and it was very good and should still be what many guide writers consider the best in Paris. Enjoy your meal.

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          ChefJune RE: faijay( fai jackson) Feb 12, 2008 06:26 AM

          ...and I love their Lamb with White Beans! will have to try the Boeuf B next time!

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        davequ RE: Erin Feb 11, 2008 03:33 PM

        I was lucky enough to have a pastis, boeuf bourguignon, and a bottle of beaujolais at Chez Rene. I had read the recommendation from Patricia Wells ("Food Lover's Guide to Paris") and luckily I actually followed through, tracked it down, and had dinner there.

        Food, ambience, service was very traditional and delicious. I don't know if it's the absolute "best bbourg in Paris" but I am confident Chez Rene is easily and at the very least a top-10.

        Some photos and more details about the meal here:


        I hope anyone who reads this gets to try it sometime, and I surely recommend it.
        Bon appetit!

        PS ... just read somewhere that Chez Rene may be SOLD this month (Feb '08), so you might want to research or ask your hotel concierge if the chef is the same and if it is still good.

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          bukka RE: Erin Feb 6, 2009 01:30 PM

          my husband and i had the WORST experience at chez rene. the service was horrendous, which i would have easily overlooked had the food been good. however, we ordered beef bourguignon and coq a vin, two classics. Both were disgusting. It was like the meat in both had been cooked - way overcooked, tough, and dry - separately, and then thrown into the exact same sauce. It bordered on unedible. Such a disappointment.

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            Jake Dear RE: bukka Nov 6, 2010 08:27 AM

            We (well my wife, Mo -- I snagged some tastes) had very pleasing bb at Chez Rene in February 2010 -- it was rich & dark, viscous & velvety, and was served in a hot small Staub that was left at the table. (I had two things that I cannot resist: Oeufs mayonaise; followed by four generous slices of Saucisson chaud à la Lyonnaise -- so good.) All with a nice Lyonnaise rouge for only 27 Euros.

            The ambiance was great (this place feels like 1957 -- when it opened) and the service was fine. We'll happily return. -- Jake

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            rswatkins RE: Erin Feb 8, 2009 04:53 AM

            I had two excellent meals at La Grille, Rue du Faubourg Poissoniere, 10th, in December, 2008. I had the BB one night and St. Jacques with beurre blanc the next, both specialties of the house. The beurre blanc was as thick as mayonnaise; Madame feigned indignation when I asked if any cream had been added to stabilize it. This small restaurant is one of the rare "Monsieur in the kitchen, Madame in front" bistros left in Paris. Highly recommended.

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              souphie RE: rswatkins Feb 9, 2009 01:50 AM

              Le Grille very yum. Go. Not sure if they do bourguignon, though, but who said we had to be relevant?

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                rswatkins RE: souphie Feb 9, 2009 04:05 AM

                Yes they do! The bourguignon is one of the three permanent specials, along with the turbot for two and the scallops, and is of comparable quality.

            2. Delucacheesemonger RE: Erin Feb 9, 2009 08:24 AM

              While a restaurant l do not go to often, as food is very heavy, A Biche en Bois, has a very commendable coq au vin, and a boeuf bourgignon as well.

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                Kikim RE: Erin Nov 4, 2010 05:38 AM

                I'd love to revive this thread for more recent suggestions. One of the difficulties I've been having in selecting restaurants for my upcoming trip are the lack of posted menus on the web-- as a home cook, there are certain classic dishes I want to try that I cook at home (bourguignon or daube, coq au vin, frisee au lardons, profiteroles etc) and it is very difficult to figure out which restaurants will likely have them on the menu. I did run a search on menupages.com (which covers only 200 restaurants) for (among other things) bourguignon and came up with only three hits. Can anyone comment where an excellent bourgignon (and/or other classic) is likely a staple on the menu these days, since I won't be able to visit the restaurants and read the menu prior to making a reservation?

                Also, most of the reviews and favorite restaurants I've been seeing on this board (and blogs I've been reading) center around newer spots (like a Spring, L'epigramme or Frenchie) that presumably aren't doing these type dishes, is that correct? A new riff on an older dish would be great too. I just don't want to veer too far from the classics, given the limited amount of meals I have (3 dinners).

                From my last post, I got a suggestion for Chez Denise, which I think we will try, but still looking for more suggestions.

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                  Ptipois RE: Kikim Nov 4, 2010 06:08 AM

                  I am resolutely not into the "best in ... (insert city/region here)" approach, which is as illusory as it is needlessly macho, but the bourguignon at Chez Dumonet is quite good, with a velvety, shiny sauce.

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                    Kikim RE: Ptipois Nov 4, 2010 01:33 PM

                    I agree re "the best"-- should have been more clear in my follow up-- where can I get "quite good" bourguignon. Thanks for the tip!

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                      gdmack RE: Ptipois Oct 6, 2011 02:21 PM

                      We ate at Chez Dumonet two weeks ago and my wife got the Boeuf Bourguignon. She has it it in many places, but felt it was THE BEST Boeuf Bourguignon she had ever had anywhere. Huge portion, very rich. You might get the 1/2 portion instead of the full portion--they offer both on the menu.

                  2. Parigi RE: Erin Nov 17, 2011 11:03 AM

                    To recommend the "best" of anything implies one has tried all.
                    I can never say I tasted the best whatever, but had a very good Boeuf Bourgignon last night Aux Crus de Bourgogne. Very good service. Time-machine kind of comfort food.
                    And for those for whom this is an issue: everyone there was French except us (and we hope you don't run into us; we were very happy and boisterous. Evil laugh).

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                      mangeur RE: Parigi Nov 17, 2011 11:22 AM

                      Wonderful quote from TripAdvisor from ACdB diner who felt the same as you, or better, "It was over too soon and the waitress refused to marry me."

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                        ChefJune RE: mangeur Nov 17, 2011 11:56 AM

                        That's quite a recommendation!

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                          Parigi RE: ChefJune Nov 17, 2011 12:42 PM

                          I did not find it so breathtaking as the tripadvisor diners.
                          It is a very pleasant place serving time-machine kind of food that has become hard to find in Paris (and even in the provinces). So these old-school dishes have become sort of exotic and novel in Paris, LOL. I find it somewhat similar to Le Quincy, but Le Quincy is frankly getting a bit musty, in more ways than one.

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                        VegasGourmet RE: Parigi May 29, 2014 06:34 PM

                        Parigi...I hope that you don't mind me "bumping this thread;" but ACdB looks like it might be perfect for that "long lunch" after Centre Pompidou that I just posted a new thread about....especially if the terrace/weather is perfect for outdoor dining at lunch. Thoughts?

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                          mangeur RE: VegasGourmet May 29, 2014 06:40 PM

                          Thanks for bumping this and bringing Parigi's mention back to mind. We pass this warhorse often on our Montorgueil strolls, but never remember to consider it for a meal. Will try to remember it this time.

                      3. Delucacheesemonger RE: Erin May 29, 2014 11:20 PM

                        As long as bumped and not mentioned in this thread, my choice would be Josephine, Chez Dumonet also geat for long lunch and their BB is wonderful and mentioned here a ton.

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                          ChefJune RE: Delucacheesemonger May 30, 2014 08:54 PM

                          I'll echo DCM. I love Chez Dumonet's Boeuf B. And I make a pretty mean one, myself, so I'm very picky.

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