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Tour D'Argent: overpriced tourist trap??

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MarkG Mar 22, 2008 01:26 PM

i dont know if it still has any Michelin stars.

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    rrems RE: MarkG Mar 22, 2008 04:36 PM

    It still has one star. I have not heard anything good said about it in many years.

    1. ChefJune RE: MarkG Mar 22, 2008 09:41 PM

      It still has one of /if not THE best wine cellar in Paris. But when I asked a couple of Paris foodie friends about it, they said (independently) "If only one could just go there for a drink. The view is spectacular, but the food is so dreadful."

      I've not invested, so no first hand report.

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        Bob Loblaw RE: MarkG Mar 23, 2008 06:11 AM

        I used to live right down the street from it. i know it's more a destination restaurant than a local bistro, but it still seemed odd to me that the only person i ever talked to who'd eaten there had flown in from the states to do so. (and thought it was just 'enh - much preferred bistro cote mer down the street).

        1. souphie RE: MarkG Mar 23, 2008 11:13 AM

          Here is a recent video review (in French) from François Simon: http://francoissimon.typepad.fr/simon...

          They just renovated the place and they have a new chef. Apparently the food is quite decent, clearly overpriced, and indeed there is the incredible view and the wine list to be compared only with Taillevent's.

          It's clearly not a food destination place (it hasn't been in thirty years), but it has other appeals and it is not a pure tourist trap. Food lovers have much better places to go, clearly.

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            Maximilien RE: souphie Mar 24, 2008 05:23 AM

            Except for the oysters, the food looks awful.

            The duck seems to be drowning in a pool of brown sauce.

            BTW, the french commentaries is really fun!!

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              souphie RE: Maximilien Mar 24, 2008 08:43 AM

              It sure isn't modern cooking. But not awful. That's the very traditional duck recipe. If anything, it actually is exotic to us now.

          2. beaulieu RE: MarkG Mar 31, 2008 11:43 PM

            My godson wanted to propose to his then girlfriend at a romantic place. I called the Tour d'Argent, arranged everything and paid for it. They were graciously received and treated: table by the window, the quenelles du brochet, the duck etc. It was perfect. That is the kind of event it is for. (She said yes.)

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              ChefJune RE: beaulieu Apr 1, 2008 06:55 AM

              imho, the food is better at Lasserre and it's more romantic, with it's opening roof and all......

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                souphie RE: ChefJune Apr 1, 2008 07:38 AM

                Lasserre is cool.

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