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Apr 11, 2009 07:48 AM

Thomieux, Florimond, or Le Timbre

We will be in Paris for three nights in June. I have already decided on Christophe and Chez L'Ami Jean for two of the nights, but would love some advice on the third night. I am thinking of the above restaurants. Any opinions would be appreciated.

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  1. Nix Thoumieux; haven't been to Le Timbre recently, so Le Florimond would be my choice.

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    1. re: Oakglen

      I say no to Thomieux also. I ate there once and will never return. Truly mediocre food. Walk a bit further down St Dominique, any of the Constant places put it to shame.

      Also right close by is Auberge Bressane, very good rustic food.

      1. re: f2dat06

        Re. Le Thoumieux, anybody been there since J.-F. Pi├Ęge (Le Crillon) is in charge?
        I'd say it should have changed to the better, no?

        And Yes to Le Florimond, while Le Timbre has become too expensive, IMO.

        1. re: Dodo

          I was about to say the same as Dodo. I thought it had recently reopened and had already received praise. It is on my "watch" list for my next visit so it will be good to read a review.

          1. re: PhilD

            Thoumieux is now part of the Costes chain; They brought in Piege and raised the prices. I haven't been impressed by their other restaurants, but then, I am no longer young and trendy. It's all yours PhilD.

            1. re: Oakglen

              I read a revue by Alexander Lobrano in Hungry for Paris (his blog) that was a complete bashing. I make it a rule to avoid all Costes hotels and brasseries.

              1. re: faijay

                It doesn't sound good does it.

                I also have not been impressed by their other restaurants and Lobrano's comment - "pretty but snippy waitresses, dead simple food for people who don't really care about food, and a lounge music soundtrack and decor" is as good a summary as I have seen. Georges and Marley serve a function but were never venues for good food, I had hoped the prominence of Pieges name in the re-launch of Thoumieux may have been a good omen.

                It will be interesting to see how it develops, I note Lobrano's review is dated early Feb which must be soon after opening. I always like to give a restaurant time to settle in. After all remember how bad "Itineraires" was in its first few months.

    2. Florimond is really the best of these three. I would also suggest Petit Troquet which is in the same area, on rue de Exposition. Very good food.

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