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Anybody of any great recomendations for Tapas in Paris? Thanks in advance-Robb

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  1. Oops-that was supposed to read-"Anybody have any great Tapas recomendations in Paris"

    1. Did you do a search already?
      Here's only one suggestion (El Fogon):
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/34953...

      PS: BTW, you can edit your posts for a while (15 minutes, I believe). ;o)

      1. Fogon (45 Quai des Grands Augustines, 6th) is good, and probably an exception as far as quality goes. It is more a modern Spanish restaurant than a Tapas bar, but that said they do do a innovative set tapas menu (or Paella). We lunched there on a Sunday and had a good experience with enjoyable food. It is wise to book.

        The other Tapas I have experienced in Paris tend to be during after work drinks on Friday, when the quality of the conversation and supply of booze is more important than food. There are quite a few Spanish themed bars but to be honest the quality was average at best.

        I generally find Paris has great French food but any other food is pretty average. There are always one or two exceptions like Fogon but in general if you want good Tapas go to Spain, likewise Italian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and even North African.

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        1. re: PhilD

          "I generally find Paris has great French food but any other food is pretty average. There are always one or two exceptions like Fogon but in general if you want good Tapas go to Spain," I generally agree with you Phil, but having been in Madrid a few weeks ago and the newly refurbished Le Tourrette in the 7th today, think that aside from Fogon this place run by ex-Bistronaute chef Benjamin Loiseau, is an alternative. It says tapas on the window but is really shared tapas stuff (sardines, ham, etc) first, good non-tapas stuff for mains (ceviche of daurade, gambas & poulpe) and enticing desserts "from the sun."
          http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

        2. Spanish tapas ? or small plates over a drink (or two) ?

          I'd go to "L'Avant Comptoir".

          1. A.Noste is a no-brainer.

            Pinxo (two locations) has good tapas too.

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            1. re: Ptipois

              Agree with A.Noste and L'Avant if one wants to stand but Pinxo, both of whose locations I love, is not a tapas aka pinxo's place, it's a fancy/schmancy Spanish-ist place.

              1. re: John Talbott

                I had an excellent meal of tapas at Pinxo Mazarine some months ago. Tapas can be fancy-schmancy. They can be anything. It's the size that counts.

              2. re: Ptipois

                Its interesting to see how things have changed in nearly 8 years since the question was asked. More small plates places and more tapas style places. Back in 2007 had Dans les Landes opened? Was L'Avant Comptoir still the previous business - a take away creperie?

                1. re: PhilD

                  Nope, correct on all counts, Phil. Although, I may get killed for this, your statement that "I generally find Paris has great French food but any other food is pretty average." is still true. It's why I go to Spain, Italy, SF and NY every year if I want "other."

                  1. re: John Talbott

                    But it interesting to see how the foodscene changes in Paris as new places open and different influences take root. On one hand there is the traditional view of French food - almost set in aspic in a museum dedicated to cute bistro's - which many visitors yearn for.

                    On the other there is the modern vibrant food scene that is ever changing - i think the key to that is to find the ones that meld Parisian qualities with the trends from afar. So a facsimile of a Spanish tapas bar is likely to be poor. But a Parisian spin on te theme can be great.....but different.

                    1. re: PhilD

                      "But a Parisian spin on te theme can be great.....but different."
                      What I find interesting is these guys, like Loiseau the Younger, who go off to Australia; plus the influx of Japanese, Yankee, Brit, Mexican, Brazilian and now 2 Peruvian folks cooking French food with a spin.
                      I think traditionalists are about to be spinning in their L'Ami Louis graves, seeing this infusion. Clearly I think it's neat.
                      For instance, I just heard that the Pain de Sucre does a pot pie - well, a Verneuil aka Pâte brisée au sarrasin, ris de veau, champignons de Paris,
                      artichauts et coriandre fraîche.
                      I cannot beat that.

                      1. re: John Talbott

                        I've had this pâté, and it's awesome, but it's also perfectly French in its making and taste balance.
                        It's not a pot pie, it's a pâté chaud as they have been making here since the Middle Ages. Actually I was glad to discover it lately, for it reminded me that I hadn't had a proper pâté chaud in a boulangerie-pâtisserie in decades.

                    2. re: John Talbott

                      Needless to say, I could not disagree more strongly with that grossly generalizing statement.
                      (Which is "I generally find Paris has great French food but any other food is pretty average.") But I will not, and need not, comment on that.

                      Regarding tapas, they are also Basque, and the Basque-Béarn-Landais-Gascon food culture in Paris (among others, represented by the Camdeborde/Duboué connection) is quite familiar with it, so it would be a little exaggerated to say that because they're French they should automatically suck at getting tapas right.

                      (Disclaimer: I will not indulge in hair-splitting.)