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Jul 13, 2008 06:48 AM

Is LeRelais de l'Entrecote the place for steak?

I have read mostly positive reliews for the restaurant. We will be flying in and am looking for an easy steak place for a(my wife andI) first night. Any good or bad reasons not to start here? thanks we will also try to eat at LeDuc, Josephine Chez Dumonet, Lecume St.Honore, lunch at Guy Savoys and dinner at L'Orangenie. any suggestions are welcomed...thanks again

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  1. It's a good call. You may have better steaks in more expensive places, but it is a casual inexpensive place for a first night.

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    1. re: souphie

      thanks souphie, what do you think of my other choices? thanks...:)

      1. re: kevin25

        They're nice too -- I don't know l'Orangerie and l'Ecume Saint Honoré but obviously Savoy is always wonderful, Jooséphine always generous and tasty, leDuc always perfect and simple fish ina now historic setting.

    2. It is good to know the routine with Le Relais - makes it more accessible:
      1. There is usually a queue, but it moves quickly so don't be put off.
      2. There is no menu, you are simply asked how you would like your steak cooked. You will get a wine list though.
      3. You get a small salad as a starter.
      4. Half the steak will be served and the rest kept warm on a hot plate, this will be served when you finish.
      5. The desert menu is pretty good and you get a choice - the profiteroles are great.

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      1. re: PhilD

        thanks philD is 35-40 minutes to early to stand in line?

        1. re: kevin25

          You should be fine with 10-20 mins

      2. This is what we did our first night in Paris and I think it was a good choice and exactly what you're looking for - consistently good food, seconds without even asking for them, and the only decision you have to make is how you want your steak done! There was a line (we got there right before 7, like the Americans we are), but it moved quickly. Lecume was good too (love the 3 different sauces) but a different experience - my husband loved their potatoes.

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        1. re: emilie01

          thanks emelie we'll try 35-40 minutes early....

          1. re: kevin25

            Honestly, the wait shouldn't be that long. We got there about 5 minutes early and were seated right at 7. We went another time on a Saturday night and got there at 8 and didn't have to wait for a table.

        2. I happen to like Meating in the 17th, but it's more expensive than the Relais which I find is too full of not terribly savvy tourists.

          1. Thumbs up for L'Ecume for a VERY informal, simple meal. Check out what is on display and follow the staff's recommendations.