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Sep 7, 2009 04:04 PM

Lassere or Le Violin d'Ingres

It's our last night in Paris (late October) and need to make a reservation for dinner.

Which would you say would be the most memorable?

We've eaten at Taillevant, Jules Verne, Senderens on last trip.

This time we're reserved at Guy Savoy, Le Gaigne, Paul Bert

Thanks so much.


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  1. Lasserre will be most memorable no question, both are good restaurants but Lasserre is in a different league. Dinner at Lasserre will also cost you several times more than dinner at Violon.

    9 Replies
    1. re: f2dat06

      I appreciate your input.

      What are your thoughts on Le Gran Vefour....just saw Julie/Julia and if it was good enough for Julia...............


      1. re: goodcookie

        never been to Grand Vefour so can't comment on that one.

        1. re: goodcookie

          Never had a good meal at Véfour and think poorly of the chef, but one friendI trust said he had a very good meal recently.

          I'm with f2dat06 on Lasserre vs Violon. I like Lasserre much much more but Violon is very professional, reliable and pleasant. Lasserre is a voyage.

          1. re: goodcookie

            Julia ate at Grand Vefour in a totally different time. I have never heard a good review of the food in "modern" times. For truly memorable, I would choose Lassere.

            1. re: ChefJune

              Well, well, although I agree with you that le Grand Véfour lost some of its grandeur (when it was run by Raymond Oliver for example), at least it is a truly historic restaurant. Seats are marked with the names of their most famous customers (including Napoleon and Josephine, V. Hugo and others). I ate there 3 times and had pretty enjoyable time. It is not part of my top list either but I would probably go back if I have the opportunity.
              Lasserre belongs to the list of restaurants where I will never to come back. The one time I got there, the staff had an attitude and the food was mediocre. It was a long time ago and it probably has changed but given the choice of wonderful restaurants, that's my way to narrow down the list and to express my feelings at the same time.
              To the original poster, I would recommend the Violon D'ingres.

              1. re: Theobroma

                I ate at Violon D'Ingres in May and thought that the overall experience was good, but not espcecially memorable and it is definitely not a place I'd return to if I were looking for a special night out.

                1. re: Theobroma

                  Lasserre senior staff does have"attitude", but we like the place for the great lunch special. My Parisian friends, who have offices nearby, say they limit the number of American reservations accepted. The last time we were there the restaurant was half empty; and we were the only English speakers I heard. If you go, be sure to reconfirm.
                  Violon does not deserve it's one star, IMO. His other spots are a better deal and more upbeat.

                  1. re: Oakglen

                    the attitude I got last vist was nothing but positive. Air France lost our luggage and at day 5 we were still left with only our traveling, overly casual, clothes. On reservation dayI called Lasserre and explained our problem, was told no problem at all, come as you are. My wife and I went and though certainly under dressed were treated with the greatest hospitality. I have only good things to say about Lasserre.

                    1. re: f2dat06

                      we have reserved at Lasserre......will report when we return.

                      thanks for your input