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Les Ombres and Mini Palais

PhilD Jun 14, 2008 02:52 AM

We are planning our next trip to Paris and we are looking for a coule of new restaurants to add to the intiniary. We thought of Les Ombres or the Mini Palais. Has anyone eaten in either of these two? If so what are your thoughts, which restaurants do they compare too?

Interested in any other recomendations for new (opened in the last 12 months) funky places for a grand night out

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    butterbutt Jun 14, 2008 06:01 AM

    We just got back Sun...Someone here.. I thought it might be you.. suggested Les Hombres.. Was one of the highlights of the trip...We did not do any one starred or two starred places.. Did Chez L'ami jean.. was planning on Mon Veil Ami(had to cancel) and did the hidden Kitchen..just to give you a perspective. The food was excellent.smaller perfectly presented plates,service great..and the view.. outstanding....be sure to go late..sorry Im not one to write all the food details..what we had etc.. they do have a website..But I would highly recommend it..

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      erica Jun 15, 2008 09:34 AM

      Could you tell us about the Hidden Kitchen dinner? Thanks!

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        butterbutt Jun 15, 2008 04:19 PM

        You can google them.. There are ones all over..but just search here and google Hidden Kitchen Paris.. We had a great diinner. Its with 8-10 people. Done by a young American couple in their apt. Ten courses.. Lasts from 8-about 11;30. Was very fun and the food outstanding..they are moving sometime and doing a larger group..I think in a few months..

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        PhilD Jul 14, 2008 09:55 AM

        We chose to eat at Les Ombres. I am afraid to say our experience was very different to your. I actually think it is the worst Paris restaurant I have eaten in.

        Whilst the space is fantastic, and it has a prime view of the Eiffel tower I am afraid the food is diabolical and the service is very poor. Two things sum up our experience. First our wine arrived after our food - not good at this price, and summed up the slip shod service.

        Second, my partners €33 "summer vegetable salad" starter was basically cut lettuce with some radishes olives and garden peas - it was basically a bag of supermarket salad. The rest of the food was equally as poor.

        Total bill for two was €170 for three starters, one main course and a modest bottle of wine (no dessert, coffee etc).

        Go if you want the view - avoid if you want to eat.

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          LulusMom Jul 15, 2008 07:48 AM

          Good to know. Thanks for taking one for the team, but sorry to hear you had such a lousy meal.

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            txgrl99 Jul 15, 2008 03:59 PM

            That's terrible! Even more terrible, that's where I settled for my husband's birthday dinner. We are somewhat limited b/c his birthday is a Sunday, and January 4 at that. Lots of restaurants are closed. I will keep searching... Thanks for the review.

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          butterbutt Jun 14, 2008 12:53 PM

          agh sorry no H.. Les Ombres is correct!!

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            tracyinfrance Jul 15, 2008 10:37 AM

            Has anyone eaten at Mini Palais? Looking for somewhere for Sunday lunch in Paris 3rd week of August (all my first choices are closed!) - Going to Market for Monday lunch but bits I've read about Mini Palais sound promosing - any one got any comments?

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              era Aug 26, 2008 02:51 PM

              Have some good memories of Petit Palais.
              Not so special but nothing bad to tell about it.

              Les ombres : great great view, but a real rip off.
              Hugely overpriced for not so bad food but at a price of a 2 star restaurant in France. Service was really poor too with a 40 minute wait to get our main dish. A real shame...

              For the same price, I really prefer L'Atelier Robuchon !

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                trav Aug 31, 2008 11:33 AM

                Just had the 38 euro fixed price fixed lunch at Les Ombres. Thought it was a great buy for 3 courses and the view.

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