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Oct 6, 2008 08:14 AM

Paris 21st for steak+frites lover

Family are taking our son to Paris by Eurostar for his 21st. A birthday lunch on a Saturday and he loves steak and frites, not the gourmet I know. Am looking for a restaurant with a slightly wow factor that would indulge him. I know there is a restaurant that only does steak+frites but apparently you cannot book and we only have seven hours in Paris. Any suggestions would be gratefully received as I have spent hours looking online and am very unsure as to whether a brasserie would be a good idea. We come into the Gare du Nord.

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  1. I think you mean "Le Relais de l'Entrecote" and/or "Le Relais de Venise l'Entrecote" (which I believe is the original). Don'y worry about the "no booking" policy as the wait is rarely very long, and probably non existant at lunchtimes.

    No choice for starters and mains - simply say how you want the steak cooked, wine list is OK, and a great dessert list. The serve half the steak first and then the second half and more chips after you finish. It s quite quick so will probably meet your needs. Other more upmarket options have been discussed on the board.

    1. le Sévero or le bis du Sévero. Or le Gourmet des Ternes if you take the pavé de boeuf.

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      1. re: souphie

        Dined at le bis du Severo yesterday. It was excellent. Ordered the faux steak frites (NY striploin), it was perfectly cooked and the fries were darn good. SO ordered fish and she loved it. Service was warm and welcoming and the place was not that packed. I've read on this board that le Severo can be a bit more abrupt and a lot more crowded. This is probably a better alternative, especially if you are going to dine with someone who may not want steak.

      2. Had a really good steak-frites at brasserie Thoumieux in the 7th. Much better than I had expected. It's a short walk from the Invalides station on the rue Saint-Dominique.

        1. I had a very nice steak frites at Chez Georges just north of the Arc de Triomphe. It is not too expensive and easy to get into. Also, the NY Times has a review on Paris steak in its travel section from last year. You can access it online.

          1. Well, if you want a place that is walkable, and not high-end, take a look at La Taverne de L'Est. This might work better for others in your party who don't want to have to eat steak only. Nothing wrong with Relaise de Venise though.