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Oct 22, 2006 05:51 PM

Cassoulet in Paris

Heading to Paris this winter and hope to find good traditional cassoulet. Any suggestions?

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  1. La Fontaine du Mars in the 7th.

    Although, this is not the restaurant that I would recommend for those seeking a good bistro fare in Paris, their cassoulet is one of the better ones that I have had - complete with sausage form Toulouse and a nice, tasty confit of duck leg. The beans, which is usually my least favorite part of this wonderful dish, is perfectly cooked - tender, yet not mashed nor broken up all over.

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    1. re: RCC

      La Fontaine du Mars in the 7th.

      I hope that this post is not too late since winter only began last week! my family and I ate there one rainy evening in february 2005 and were sadly disappointed. we were rudely treated being moved during the middle of our meal so that a larger party could be squeezed in next to us. snooty would be a reasonable description of the overall attitude. if you go for the cassoulet, beware, I received one that was past peak. stews being made in advance can be held too long. mine was. sausage had an off color taste. sauce had acquired that "refrigerator taste". certain aspects of the other dishes ordered were also lacking the quality that was expected for a not untidy sum tendered. without a doubt our worst experience at any paris dining establishment in 5 trips. we arrived a little too soon before opening and we were ushered back out into unexpected pouring rain rather than being allowed to wait in a perfectly acceptable front vestibule and out of the way. being umbrella-less, we returned a short time later as drowned rats. we have found numerous, wonderful eateries via chowhound and have been kindly treated in every other place from a great bistro such as Astier to the highly efficient, regimented Le Relais de l'entrecote and felt like family in many others. every dog has its bad day. perhaps mars was not in alignment on our visit. understandably, this was almost two years past and things might be better now. but if you go and it is a bust, please let other hounds know so they won't be howling with disappointment! our recent february 2006 visit to Paris acquainted us with places like A La Biche au Bois which was superb and friendly.

    2. I've heard that La Fontaine du Mars is closed now. Any news on the situation?

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      1. re: LMGM

        I passed by last week and even though there is scaffolding over the building the restaurant was open.

      2. Great cassoulet at D'Chez Eux in the 6th. We made an expensive mistake last time and went to Au Trou Gascon, where it was truly inferior.

        1. We have not tried the cassoulet at Brasserie Balzar, as we usually have the Poulet Roti and frites, but the person next to us (French), on our last visit, raved about the Cassoulet. I remember thinking I must try it next time!

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          1. re: sandypaws3

            Yes, I was in Brasserie Balzar in early Sep and was convinced by the waiter to try the cassoulet. I thought it was fantastic, although the person I was with said that it still didn't compare to La Fontaine du Mars. I obviously have to make the trip sometime soon!

          2. I'm glad to know that the one at La Fontaine du Mars is even better, as I ordered the confit de canard last time we were there, and it was okay, but not the best I've had. Still, I've heard so many good comments on La Fontaine du Mars, and overall we liked it, so thought we might try it again and try something else :-) Not to mention, it's very well located for us, as we're staying in the 7th next trip.