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Jul 7, 2009 12:23 PM

Bouchet, Cagna, Table de Joel Robuchon, Violon d'Ingres

I'm trying to choose among these for our anniversary dinner in Paris. Any favorites or non-favorites among them?

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  1. I don't know Bouchet.

    Cagna is a gorgeous restaurant, in architectural terms, in a real old Paris building, decorated with taste if traditionally. There is a discrepancy between a food that is traditional fine dining, not very precise, and the portions that are very nouvelle cuisine. I don't think the restaurant is interesting otherwise -- setting and the opportuity to have old style food in modern portions.

    La Table de Robuchon is a good restaurant, but it's hard to recommend it for an anniversary dinner -- it will probably be 200eur pp and you really have better options at that price. The good idea here is still their lunch deal, or a quick high-quality snack if you're not hungry.

    Le Violon d'Ingres is an extremely professional place -- those guys know how to run a restaurant, and the prices are very appropriate, service is nice, wines are good, and some of the food is sometimes great, like their soufflé à la vanille. Don't expect an artistic experience, but a very professional restaurant.

    I'd have two questions: how did you make your short list? What do you like/are you looking for?

    1. I think you mean Dominique Bouchet. I had a delightful meal there a couple of years ago and would highly recommend it. I would have to dig up my notes, and since I just moved, it's not in the cards. It is very pleasant in decor and the food is lovely. Dominique is another chef out of the kitchen of L'Ambassador.
      The restaurant, although in the eighth arr. is sort of in the hinterlands of this district and no where near the fancy places. I believe they have been awarded one Michelin star.