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Aug 21, 2009 02:52 PM

4 Nights in Paris in October...seeking game!

My husband and I will be in Paris for 4 nights before heading out for a week in Belgium. We were in Paris last Oct and had some wonderful meals at La Regalade, Le Gaigne, Chez L'Ami Jean and A La Biche Au Bois...the later because my husband enjoys, um, a good game (couldn't resist the terrible pun! )
Anyway, I was researching good restaurants for game and saw that Chez Michel in the 10th has a hunter's menu. I also know that Au Petit Marguery is supposed to be known for their game.
My questions: Would you still recommend Au Petit Marguery? Has anyone had the hunter's menu at Chez Michel? Where else to go for game...can you talk us out of returning to La Regalade? Oh, and just to make things fun, one of the 4 nights is a Sunday...and we're trying not to break the bank!

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  1. Alain Detounier does superb game at the Carre des Feuillantes but that can be pricy. His influence is strong at Au Trou Gascon and it can be very good.

    I have been very disappointed in Chez Michel since it changed hands. First time back after the change I took it off my preferred list. Second time back it came off the list entirely.

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    1. re: jock

      thanks...I 've had AuTrou Gascon on my short list for a while. I had read about Carre des Feuillantes...ooh, it's tempting! We're trying not to go too crazy but maybe lunch? And Chez Michel may have to go off the list...what about Au Petit Marguery, is it still chow-worthy?

      1. re: jock

        Is Thierry Breton no longer the owner/chef at Chez Michel?

      2. Would highly recommend the one-star Gerard Besson near Les Halles for selection and cooking of game.

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        1. re: rswatkins

          Second that. Gérard Besson is the world champ of game (and truffle). But he's not cheap. You should consider Le Cinq too, with the now famous "pithivier de colvert, grouse et canard sauvage au miel", which is often on the lunch menu.

          More simple places: many bistronomiques (La Régalade, Au Bon Accueil, Chez l'Ami Jean) are strong on game. There's that place in rue de Fleurus by the Luxembourg, what's the name already?

          1. re: souphie

            You're not thinking of Chez Gramond are you? I haven't been there in years: good cooking, but ridiculous prices (and just a little bit of a con job, in my opinion).


        2. Would you still recommend Au Petit Marguery? Yes
          Has anyone had the hunter's menu at Chez Michel? Yes
          Where else to go for game...
          Souphie is correct Besson is Best.
          can you talk us out of returning to La Regalade? Yes
          new ? Is Biche au Bois what it used to be? No
          You might check out the game topic on eG

          1. Thanks to I have some decisions to make for sure. Besson looks really great...I think I need to try to work out the budget! If only we didn't have to eat AND drink those fabulous French wines. Sigh.
   husband really enjoyed his game dishes at both La Regalade and Chez L'Ami Jean last year...the latter served a wonderfully cooked palombe that he swooned over. I was just trying to expand the dining horizon, especially since we'll only be there for 4 nights, and they happen to fall over a weekend...

            1. I'm afraid Laidback's query will be lost in Chow's format:
              the question was
              "Is Thierry Breton no longer the owner/chef at Chez Michel?"
              Youth wants to know.

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              1. re: John Talbott

                I too am wondering about the status of Chez Michel. We'd heard such great things for quite some time, but on our dinner visit in early June 2009, we were not overly impressed. The food was good enough (we stuck to the menu -- ordering from the carte dramatically increases the cost), but the service was unstable and a bit too fast for us -- although we did not get the impression that they needed or expected to turn our table. As with many restaurants (both in the countryside and in Paris) in early June, they were breaking in new wait staff, and ours admitted to us that, among other things, she didn’t know how to open a bottle of wine -- rather odd. The supervising staff seemed on edge as they watched her from a distance and then swooped in to correct her various movements throughout the evening. (And despite that we had to ask for our bread.) It was not really bad, but this was not the experience that we expected.

                -- Jake Dear ( http://parisandbeyondinfrance.blogspo... )

                1. re: Jake Dear

                  1. I haven't been recently enough to comment.
                  2. Unfortunately, she's not the only one who's never opened a bottle; even with the Great Recession, the food industry has difficulty attracting experienced talent (but that's a topic for another day).

                  1. re: John Talbott

                    My dinner there two years ago was disappointed in comparison to how great the restaurant was 10 years ago. Then, perfection, and the last visit, too salty, or sandy or over cooked.