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Mon Vieil Ami

JENN128 May 15, 2007 12:49 PM

I ran across this restaurant in my endless search for my trip. Can anyone advise if I should make a reservation for dinner at this restaurant? And voice they're opinion on this particular restaurant.
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  1. PhilD May 16, 2007 12:12 AM

    It is often mentioned on this site and gets good reviews - do a search for all the comments. It is good food with fairly minimalist decor - you do need to book.

    One poster commented that they found it had far to high a proportion of tourists for their liking - and being surrounded by fellow English speakers can detract from the ambiance. On my visit I also found this to be the case (I lived in Paris). However that is the case with a lot of the restaurants that have good reputations and are well priced in Paris.

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    1. re: PhilD
      erica May 16, 2007 12:53 PM

      This is the case with any restaurant on the Ile St. Louis which is the heart of tourist Paris. There are many restaurants in the city that are not likely to have such a tourist clientele but they may be not as central as this one. The food is definitely not Basque but has lots of Alsatian influence.

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      goldenmama May 16, 2007 02:31 AM

      I had questioned the concierge at the hotel we will be staying at about Mon Vieil Ami, as I had seen reports that it was closed.

      He told me that it had changed owners, but was still very good and he would recommend it. We plan to give it a try.

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      1. re: goldenmama
        PhilD May 16, 2007 04:19 AM

        I had heard it had closed for a few weeks for renovations earlier this year.

        I did check the website and it still seems to be owned by Antoine Westermann - it is the Paris offshoot of the Westermann's restaurant (Le Buerehiesel) in Strasbourg. So expect an influence from Alsace (I think another poster had said Basque).

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