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May 9, 2006 03:42 PM

Paris - no meat or shellfish

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We are looking for a great brasserie where the menu is not too heavy on meat or shellfish. How about Chez L'Ami Louis? We are also considering Le Dome but the description makes it sound very stuffy. We are looking for something more relaxed, but very classically French.

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    Maurice Naughton

    But brasseries by definition are heavy on meat and especially shellfish.

    L'Ami Louis isn't a brasserie. It's a bistrot, and its specialty is roast chicken.

    There are several restaurants "Le Dome" in Paris. Le Dome in the Marais isn't stuffy at all. Neither is Le Dome du Marais, also in the Marais. So you probably mean Le Dome in Montparnasse, which survives on its reputation from the days of Hemingway and, later, Sartre. I'd say overblown rather than stuffy.

    Based on your question, I don't know how I can help you, much as I'd like to. Could you be a little more specific?

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    1. re: Maurice Naughton

      We will be coming to Paris with our 2 teenage children. My daughter (18) has been to Paris twice but my 17 year old son has never been to Paris. We would like to go somewhere classically French (but not touristy). We do not eat meat or shellfish, but we do eat fish like salmon, tuna, dorado, sole, etc. We will be in Paris for 2 nights - one night we will probably go to L'Avenue for the "scene". Does that help? I'm not sure I really understand the difference between a brasserie and a bistro.

    2. Uh, there isn't one. Shoot for a veggie place.

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      1. re: Busk

        Not true...The last time we were in Paris we ate at Hotel Costes and Maison Blanche. Both had great fish on the menu.

        1. re: Helen

          The best fish places tend to be just fish places, but you will find a fish entre or two on most bistro menu.
          La Mediterranie in the 6th near Odeon always is correct.

          1. re: Helen
            fai jay (fai jackson)

            For great fish you can't beat Le Bistro du Dome near the Bastille. I particularly love the grilled bar (sea bass) and sole meuniere. Nice room. One caveat, the one time I ordered the cheese plate it was cold from the fridge.

            I think Ginette Boyer at Au Petit Tonneau in the 7th is marvelous with vegetables and fish (beurre blanc is superb), also great salmon--wonderful mushroom dishes and tarte tatin to die for.

            1. re: Helen

              if you're dietary requirement is so strict and fish is what you're looking for, why don't you just order some steamed fish in a chinese restaurant in paris, nobody does fish dishes better than the chinese.

              1. re: Helen

                Maybe it is just a matter of semantics. On your original post, you were looking for a “very classically French brasserie”. Hotel Costes and Maison Blanche hardly fit that description. If you are looking for a casual French bistro, there are countless postings on this board. Most will have several fish items on their menu. I also like Le Bistro du Dome near the Bastille but you won’t find the same type of atmosphere than those at Hotel Costes and Maison Blanche.

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              Maurice Naughton

              If you search "Paris" on this site, you'll find much information and many answers. But I'll cover some old ground quickly for you here.

              Brasserie means brewery in French. As a restaurant, it denotes a rather big place, specializing in Alsatian food like choucroute garni, sauerkraut with assorted meats, food that goes well with beer. Most brasseries also feature all kinds of shellfish at very big prices.

              A Bistrot is a neighborhood restaurant generally serving cuisine bourgeoise, home-cooking, grills, stews, roasts and such like, mainly meat-based.

              What you're looking for, I guess, is a fish-specific restaurant or an ordinary restaurant, most of which will have an entree or two without meat--salad, vegetable terrine and such--and a fish course of some kind as a plat principal, maybe more than one.

              Oh, entree is first course, plat is main course, unlike American usage.