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Jan 6, 2008 09:06 AM

Recommendations for Cafe de Paris?

We are having dinner at Cafe De Paris tonight to celebrate my passing the RN boards. Any recommendations? How is the Soup a L'Oignon ( french onion)?????

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  1. Wow, congratulations!

    I have not had the french onion soup -- I usually go for the escargot, except for one visit when I was talked into the soup du jour, but I can't remember what that was.

    From the entrees, I like the beef bolognaise, the steak with pommes frittes, the duck confit and the rainbow trout. For dessert the pear and peach cake is good. They used to hae a dish that was a whole chocolate dipped pear on ice cream that was amazing, but i haven't seen it in a while.

    Have a wonderful dinner!

    3 Replies
    1. re: JonParker

      Hi Jon. Did you mean beef bourguignon?

      1. re: ko1

        Yes. Wow, what was I thinking?

    2. I just wanted to report back on our experience. Overall it was phenomenal.

      We arrived at 7:40 for an 8:00 reservation and were able to be seated right away. The place was pretty empty overall.

      Our waiter was very gracious and spoke with us at great length about my " celebration".

      We both decided to do the dinner "formule" which is an appetizer, entree, and dessert for $41.95 a person. We added bottle of pinot noir.

      For starters I had the Soup a L'Oignon. It was simply delicious. Nice sized portion that was filling but not overwhelming. It had just the right amount of gruyere cheese. SO had the mussels. Nice sized portion that he basically inhaled.

      For entrees I had the Entrecote de Boeuf Pomme Frites ( grilled rib eye with pommed frites). The steak was INCREDIBLE. The frites were good but a little over salty however the ones that soaked up the steak juice were phenomenal. I added a side of sauteed garlic spinach to this and it was perfect.

      SO had the Longe de Porc Marinee et RĂ´tie (roasted bone in pork loin with gruyere potatoes au gratin and green beans). This was the highlight of the meal. I had one bite he gave me and fell in love. It was cooked to perfection and seasoned wonderfully.The gruyere au gratin potatoes were incredibly cheesy and gooing on the plate....delicious!

      Neither of us could finish all of our entrees so that we could save some room for the dessert and WOW are we glad we did.

      I had the Tart Tatin a la Mode which is an apple tart with a hot caramel sauce topped with french vanilla icecream. It was delicious. The hot caramel sauce was H_O_T however and I burned my mouth on the first bite. I expected it to be hot but not sizzling! However this dish was melt in the mouth good.

      SO had the dessert crepes with fresh fruit and chocolate sauce. Again, another wonderful taste this had. The fruit ( strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches) were all very fresh and the whipped cream on this dish was probably the lightest most delicate cream I have ever had. Very clean and refreshing dish.

      We finished the meal with a couple of coffees. We left about 9:30. Total before tip was $140 for both of us which we were extremely happy about.

      We will return!

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      1. re: ryzaroo

        Thanks for the report back. It intrigued me enough that I looked at the menu online. And guess what, Jon? They feature "Boeuf a la Bolognaise:
        Orecchiette Pasta tossed in a Ground Angus Sirloin & Roasted Tomato Sauce, Grated Parmigiano Reggiano & Truffle Oil", a dish I had never heard of. I always thought "Bolognaise" referred to a variety of meats, as in the classic pasta sauce. Looks like you were right the first time. They also have veal short ribs ala bourguignonne.

        1. re: ko1

          Yes, thanks for the report. I also like Cafe de Paris...and next time I'll have to pay closer attention to the menu, Jon and KO...