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Jul 23, 2008 03:47 PM

place to eat in or near Marias

We will be in Paris just for 3 nights and love food, travel to eat! Any recommendations for great food. We were last there 8 years ago and ate at Bofinger, L'Epi Dupin, Alazar and Grizzli among others. Thanks for any help!

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  1. In the MARAIS, you could try the 3-star L'Ambroisie, or the 1-star Benoit. Have contemporary French food at Le Dome du Marais, or on the Ile St.Louis - Mon Vieil Ami or Le Fin Gourmet. Then there's Georges, atop the Pompidou.

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    1. re: toitoi

      There's so much to eat in Le Marais. We were in Paris for 3 weeks from late June and I almost wished that we lived in that arrondissement. There's Breizh cafe (crepes, cider, oysters etc.) at 109, rue Vieille du Temple, 01 42 72 13 77. Also Cafe des Musees at 49, rue de Turenne, 01 42 72 96 17 and finally L'As du Fallafel at 34, rue des Rosiers. For gelato, there's Pozzetto at 39, rue du Roi du Sicile. There are many other small restaurants in the area that other Chowhounds have recommended including Le Hangar, but those 3 were our favorites. Toitoi's recommendation of Mon Vieil Ami and Le Fin Gourmet are very good too, although not in Le Marais. We lived right above Le Fin Gourmet and it was so nice to be able to stroll in for a wonderful meal there and then go back upstairs when we were done! My son loved the ris de veau, aka sweetbreads, which is not exactly a common food eaten by North American children. Le Fin Gourmet's prix fixe menu includes a glass of wine too, a very reasonable and delicious meal.

      1. re: Aleta

        breizh cafe closed a few days ago for aug

    2. We were in the Marais last year and will be going in a few months. High on our list are Le Petit Picard (42 Rue de la Bretonnerie), Le Dos de la Baleine (40 rue des Blancs Manteaux), Chez Jarente and L’Epouvantail (both on rue de Jarente) Chez Janou (2 rue Roger Verlomme), as well as a few places on the Place St. Catherine.

      1. I've been living here for a few months and the best I have found is Monjul. It's extremely innovative and exquisite french food. And extremely reasonable: 29 euros for three courses.

        Also some other good suggestions are here:

        1. I noticed that the website for Le Dome du Marais is obsolete. Is the restaurant still open?

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            1. re: toitoi

              Merci beaucoup, toitoi! I guess I was using the wrong link. I had missed this place the last 2 trips, and do so want to go! Thanks again!

              1. re: menton1

                It will be interesting to see what you think.

                We thought is was sub-par, nice space, but not well looked after, and quite average food. A good place for lots of euro-star weekenders.

                1. re: PhilD

                  Unless it's changed, I had a terrific dinner there in October 2007. Grouse was on the menu - they cooked it to perfection, and even broke open a bottle of Bandol Chateau de Pibarnon 2003 for me, so that I could have a glass of it with my fowl.

          1. I think you mean the Marais, which has now become Manhattan-East, wow, wall to wall fellow travelers, but if you must, my recs are:

            Le Gaigne
            12, rue Pecquay, 4th (Metro: Rambuteau)
            Closed Tuesday – thus open Saturday, Sunday on Mondays
            Menus at 16 and 22 €

            and to a lesser degree, also Monjul
            28, rue des Blancs-Manteaux, 4th (Metro: Rambuteau)
            Closed Sunday dinner and Monday lunch
            Lunch menus at 14 (2 courses) and 18 (3), Sunday brunch at 19 and a la carte 30 €

            Bofinger and Le Grizzli have gone south.