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batears Aug 21, 2006 11:17 PM

Which of these Belle Epoche Brasseries has the better food? Are they equally spectacular visually? Thanks! Claire

  1. PBSF Aug 22, 2006 01:44 AM

    For decor, definitely Le Train Bleu. For food if you choose carefully, Bofinger. It is also less expensive. And if you choose Bofinger, make sure you sit downstair which has the beautiful decor.

    1. George Aug 22, 2006 02:11 AM

      Agreed. Le Train Bleu is over the top, and lovely if you are just arriving back in Paris from the South and late at night. But Bofinger does probably have better food.

      1. Busk Aug 22, 2006 03:24 AM

        Tough call. Probably about equal on the food: decent, but no greatness at either place.

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          faijay Aug 22, 2006 03:44 AM

          I agree--so go for the gorgeousness of Le Train Bleu.

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          batears Aug 22, 2006 04:37 AM

          Thank you all!! I think we'll go for the dazzle of Le Train Bleu!!

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            Fuffy Aug 25, 2006 06:49 PM

            When there,would you find out whether one can go and just have a drink at Le Train Bleu to have a look and would you report back? The food is not supposed to be worth it.We'd be very grateful.

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              Louisa Chu Sep 7, 2006 12:41 AM

              Absolutely you can just go for a drink - quite frankly that's all I recommend. But having said that - and with my apartment just up the street - I still find it a magical space. I'd suggest eating at nearby Biche au Bois and having drinks only at Le Train Bleu.

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                Fuffy Sep 12, 2006 05:18 PM

                Thank you VERY much Louisa Chu for bothering. This information will be very useful.

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            JaneST Sep 6, 2006 10:13 PM

            We just had dinner at Bofinger this past Saturday. It is surprisingly understated, even in the main room -- the dome is fabulous, of course, but it's definitely a room designed for people, not for the sounds of ooh and aah.

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              workintheater Sep 13, 2006 02:20 AM

              Having a meal at LE TRAIN BLEU is the ONLY way to truly experience the place fully. It was one of my most magical experiences in Paris last year, not only for the spectacular decor but for the perfectly satisfying meal as well. Disregard nay-sayers.

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                jean_genetic Sep 14, 2006 12:49 AM

                This is late to the game, but I have to add my voice to the "hey, the food's not bad at Train Bleu" crowd. OK, so it isn't revelatory. But I had a terrific steak tartare there. Go. Have fun.

                1. LMGM Oct 3, 2006 10:05 AM

                  If you're at all into seafood, get the Choucroute de la mer. It's a generous portion of mild sauerkraut, topped with a collection of seafood (three filets of fish, a whole shrimp (head on) and some other stuff. Also, for dessert, try "le trou normand." It's green-apple sorbet with a little shot of calvados liquor to toss on top. I blogged my last dinner there here: http://luisinparis.blogspot.com/2006/...

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