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Paris- Brasserie/Bistro Challenge

jmp7020 Mar 1, 2009 09:16 AM

I will be traveling with a group of friends in Sept. 09 to celebrate 50th and 60th birthday's and 25th and 30th wedding anniversaries. All of us have traveled around the world and eaten in fabulous restaurants. One of our favorite things to do is vintner dinners or hosting our own vintner dinners. I am a very accomplished cook and salivate at the opportunity to cook for my friends. With that in mind....we want to forego the "big" Michelin * restaurants and find the local establishments that take pride in their food. The small places that the chef is usually the owner.

My perfect evening...a meal of fabulous local ingredients, unbelievable pastry and cheese, good local wines, and the feel that you are at the owner's home table for dinner, a genuine love for what they are doing. To top it off, a look into the heart of the establishment...the kitchen!

We have rented an apartment near Luxembourg Gardens on Rue de Vaugirard. Any thing in the vicinity would be great (away from the vicinity would be great too).

We will also be traveling in Chartres, Amboise and Normandy. Any suggestions there would be appreciated.

I look forward to hearing your recommendations of your memorable places.

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  1. souphie RE: jmp7020 Mar 1, 2009 11:55 AM

    Le Pétrelle fits the bill, except for unbelievable pastry. Closer to your vicinity is Christophe, again without the unbelievable pastry, with a much less funny atmosphere but more impeccable food (always top notch ingredients). l'Ami Jean fits the bill too, including the window on the kitchen, but this is really packed and tiny.

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      jmp7020 RE: souphie Mar 1, 2009 01:15 PM

      Thank you!!! we will be in Paris for 9 days and look forward to "dining around"

      Are you into "Pastry"? I really would like to take a "private" class from a great baker while in Paris.

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        Cookingthebooks RE: jmp7020 Mar 1, 2009 10:19 PM

        After sampling a number of bistros -- including Chez L'Ami Jean (liked) and l'AOC (very disappointed), my favorite continues to be Aux Fins Gourmets, as it is simple, classic, old-fashioned and unpretentious. They serve southwestern food and their cassoulet and confit de canard are unparalleled in my opinion. AFG is within walking distance (albeit a longish walk) to your apartment -- 213 bd St Germain, 7th, 01 42 22 06 57.

        Also, don't forget Pierre Hermé is in your neighborhood as well.

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          Delucacheesemonger RE: Cookingthebooks Mar 2, 2009 05:16 AM

          Ah, the bostoc

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            souphie RE: Delucacheesemonger Mar 2, 2009 06:29 AM

            You need to try the one from Des Gateaux et du Pain. I'll try to make some pictures for you so you can wait.

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              Delucacheesemonger RE: souphie Mar 2, 2009 08:01 AM

              You never cease to amaze me. merci.

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                souphie RE: Delucacheesemonger Mar 25, 2009 04:58 AM

                I finally got those pictures developed. Enjoy: http://picasaweb.google.fr/ZeJulot/De...

    2. souphie RE: jmp7020 Mar 2, 2009 09:32 AM

      Just back from Joséphine Chez Dumonet. At first I thought it was somewhat expensive for brasserie style cooking, but when they brought me a plate of paté that could have generously served four for nine euro, I changed my mind about that. The place hasn't changed a bit since 1975 and the food was pretty solid in the brasserie department. They're renowned for the trufled scrambled eggs in season. And they're open every day.

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        jmp7020 RE: souphie Mar 2, 2009 09:09 PM

        This is wonderful

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          souphie RE: souphie Mar 25, 2009 05:00 AM

          Oh, and I got those pics developed too: http://picasaweb.google.fr/ZeJulot/Jo...

          (I added some pictures from the bread they have, which comes from the boulangerie next door on bd Montparnasse)

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            ChefJune RE: souphie Mar 25, 2009 11:42 AM

            Okay! You win... next time I am in Paris I want to go to Josephine with you.

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            kbrandon7 RE: souphie Apr 1, 2009 10:38 AM

            bonjour souphie, about how much would a dinner for 2 plus wine cost @ josephine chez dumonet? merci!

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              souphie RE: kbrandon7 Apr 2, 2009 02:41 AM

              That depends a lot on what you have. Three-course meal will be between 40 and 80€ (more if you're into truffles and this is the season) and wine between 20 and 100, there again depending on your tastes and assuming you only drink one bottle ;-)

              That's all per person so the short response to your question is 150€.

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                JmVikmanis RE: kbrandon7 Apr 8, 2009 01:19 PM

                We spent only 187 for two with herring in oil, artichoke salad, duck confit and cassoulet plus one bottle of wine and creme brulee. It was all fantastic.

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