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Three Nights, Three Bistrots - How to Choose??

jmk38 Nov 29, 2006 11:01 PM

We are going to Paris for a long weekend in early February.
We will have three dinners out and want to choose wisely. I had
both Le Reminet and La Partage on my list, but recent posts make
me wary. We will be staying in the 7th but are willing to venture
out. Suggestions?? Thank you in advance.

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    David W Nov 30, 2006 03:05 AM

    I loved Le Partage-let me put my recommendation in context-we ate at L'Astrance, Taillevent, Violon d'Igres, Senderens, Hiramatsu, Au Trou Gascon and Chez l'Ami Jean. I enjoyed every meal, and all are worth a visit...but I keep thinking of Le Partage-it's just a joyful place to eat.
    Now mind you-I'm not saying it's the best-but the style is different-not traditional French. I live in New York, and appreciate a chef with passion, who doesn't always follow the expected.
    The somewhat negative review came from Jer-and I don't doubt his/her opinion...but you have to review our various posts, and see if you've been to any of the places we've reviewed and see if you agree. There isn't much listed for you, so I don't know where you live, what you like, etc.
    All I can say is-on my next trip to Paris, I'm going back to Le Partage.

    1. erica Nov 30, 2006 01:58 PM

      I had dinner at Le Reminet last month and thought it was nothing special..so you won't miss anything if you skip it in my opinion. I liked L"Ami Jean much better...it would take many many visits to explore all of the options on their long menu..

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        Oakglen Nov 30, 2006 02:11 PM

        WE just returned. Les Bouquinists was our favorite; good prices, great service and excellent food!

        1. j
          jmk38 Nov 30, 2006 09:16 PM

          Thank you all for your replies and suggestions. I'm keeping
          La Partage on the list and may add L'Ami Jean (is this the
          one on Rue Malar in the 7th?). I've dropped Le Reminet from the list of contenders. Others I'm considering are
          Chez Rene, Ee Chez Y'eux (this would be a repeat visit, Au Petit Marguery, Le Cerisiae and possibly Bouqinist (sp?). In the past, we always have had one dinner at Allard, but recent reports are not favorable so I sadly may drop that one.
          Any comments you have on my list would be appreciated.

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          1. re: jmk38
            David W Dec 1, 2006 05:05 PM

            Chez l'Ami Jean is indeed on r. Malar-it's a busy, bustling, crowded place with lot's of interesting items on the menu, as erica pointed out...we had an excellent lentil soup, Coquille St Jacques, boudin, and San Pietro...also an interesting pudding into which you mix various fruits and nuts, name lost to the wine. Many of the regulars seem to stick their heads in the kitchen to say hello, making you wish you were one of them.

            Have you looked at Hiramatsu? Their 48 euro lunch is a great bargain, if you are looking for a more formal, proper French lunch. And their gougeres are to die for. They served us an additional main when we were there, as well.

          2. rjkaneda Dec 7, 2006 11:26 AM

            As you are staying in the 7th, you may want to try Les Ormes (one-star). Very charming place, very good food, not too expensive. It's a bit formal but might serve as the "fancy" night out of your three.

            Also in the 7th, Thoumieux, which is like the 7th's version of La Coupole. It's a bustling place, and best after 9:00 pm, when it gets crowded.

            Another place in the 7th is La Fontaine de Mars. Southwest cooking without pretension.

            In fact, for a three-day stay, going to each of these once wouldn't be bad. They are all completely different in style and ambiance from each other.

            1. ChefJune Dec 8, 2006 06:46 AM

              My persoal choices for just three bistros would be

              Chez Georges in the 6th,
              La Cagouille in the 14th (fabulous seafood!)
              Le Petit Marguery in the 14th (excellent game this time of year)

              I also am a big fan of La Fontaine on the rue Soufflot in the 5th. It doesn't look like much, but the food is excellent, and very reasonably priced.

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                An American Living in London Dec 17, 2006 12:35 AM

                Suggest the site www.lefooding.com as it is a site which has never let me down. The top food critics in Paris all contribute so the site's recommendations are 'spot on' plus they show an actual l'addition to see really what the meals will cost.

                These are their 2006 most recent awards and detailed info can be found on their site:

                Unico Best Latin bistro
                Chateaubriand Best Table
                Hotel Amour Best place to see and be seen
                La Cour de Remi Best country place (Bermicourt
                )Youpala Best lunch (Saint Brieuc)
                Le Transversal Fooding honor
                Claude Colliot Young chef (l’Orenoc)
                La Rue Paul Bert in the 11th, best street {Paul Bert, l’Ecallier du Bistrot. Unico, Temps au Temps + De La Reunion }

                Would also consider adding L'Avant Gout

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                  jmk38 Jan 5, 2007 04:45 PM

                  Our trip is less than 4 weeks away; I can't wait!
                  While I've narrowed our list of restaurants to 7, I
                  need some further help to choose THE 3; here are
                  my "finalists" - I'd love some thoughts, feedback, etc.
                  Chez Rene
                  Chez L'Ami Jean
                  Le Cerisaie
                  La Partage
                  Petit Pointoise
                  Au Petit Marguery

                  1. wyf4lyf Jan 5, 2007 05:00 PM

                    I don't know if this matters to you, but last I heard, Le Cerisaie is nonsmoking, and that's a good thing, IMO. Perhaps some of the others have gone nonsmoking as well?

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                      Dodo Jan 5, 2007 07:33 PM

                      I'd pick the following three:

                      La Cerisaie (non-smoking, tiny)
                      Au Petit Marguery
                      Le Petit Pontoise

                      Most important: You will want reservations for all of them.

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