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Blanquette de Veau/Pot au feu-Paris rec?

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jehflyer Nov 10, 2009 03:28 AM

I will be in Paris in about a week and am looking for some recs on these two classic dishes.
I would imagine that a classic bistrot (Marguery, Bressanne) would be the place to go but I do not know if they have these dishes on their menus.
Also, a number of years ago I went to the roi du pot au feu which was quite good but does not, in spite of its name, stand out as being exceptional.
Any suggestions appreciated and I will report back.
Also, location and cost not important.

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    Dodo Nov 10, 2009 03:45 AM

    A similar and very recent discussion can be found here:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/663642

    I had the most wonderful blanquette de veau at the Café de l'Epoque, Rue Bouloi, 1st arr., a small brasserie, lots of regulars, hardly tourists. It was however one of the daily specials and not on the regular menu. In the winter months, they always have one or two 'comfort food dishes' listed on the ardoise.

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      Aleta Nov 10, 2009 10:36 AM

      Dodo, I am the original poster of the other thread which you kindly referred to. You brought up a point about having blanquette de veau as a daily special. I would think that if a restaurant offers a particular dish only once a week, it should be fresh - and good. What is your opinion?

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        Dodo Nov 10, 2009 12:14 PM

        Absolutely! When it's a daily special, there is as long as there is and when it's gone, it's gone. Then, the dish is usually deleted or crossed out on the ardoise.

        Also, daily specials are usually a good deal, because as a restaurant owner, I'd want them to go within the day.

    2. Parigi Nov 10, 2009 03:53 AM

      I do not remember if the Petit Marguery serves pot au feu blanquette de veau, because (1) when I go there, that's not what I have in mind; and (2) POF and BdV are winter dishes that are fun to do at home.
      But an out-of-town friend loves to drag me to chez Paul - the one on rue de Charonne, not the one on Butte aux Cailles - for creature comfort dishes like POF and hachis parmentier. It was quite good, but it's the kind of dish that is seldom better done than at home. And I do not mean to say we are superior cooks, we are not. Nor do I mean to say the place is mediocre, it is not. It is not Petit Marguery but is a great fun and noisy place. There used to be a beautiful well-fed tabby on the counter, the kitchen feline god.
      All those home-style eats are vastly underrated. Maybe because the profit margin is too low, restaurants seldom do them or seldom make them soignés en tout cas. Quite regrettable.

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        Gman Nov 28, 2009 02:21 AM

        I second the Chez Paul endorsement for the POF, loved it!

      2. Delucacheesemonger Nov 10, 2009 07:21 AM

        Le Quincy has 'pot au feu en vessie', but only in cold weather, which according to the restaurant has not started as of last week of October when l was there.

        1. Laidback Nov 10, 2009 12:16 PM

          The homey little Au Petit Tonneau serves a rather good blanquette. It is basically a one woman(Ginette Boyer) operation on Rue Surcouf which still continues to serve satisfied regulars for over a couple of decades while her neighbors such as Casual/Actuel/Clarisse and Bellecour/Les Ormes rise and fall like the tide.

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            jehflyer Nov 27, 2009 05:52 AM

            Ended up having an average blanquette at Pharamond.

            1. Gman Nov 28, 2009 02:25 AM

              Had Blanquette at Le Tastevin on Ils St-Louis twice and loved it, but it was a special I think. http://www.letastevin-paris.com I love this small resto.

              1. John Talbott Nov 28, 2009 11:56 AM

                Sorry I missed this while fending off wild turkeys on the King'sland but I am a life-long member of the "We hate Pot au Feu Club;" our motto is "if it's beef and veggies eat'em, if it's their soup-leavings, suck it up." In any case, I have refused to eat this abomination for many decades until my best friend told me he was sort-of-terminal and taking his cherished son to have one last pot-au-feu, so.... compassionate man I, I went, to Le Pot Au Feu, 59 boulevard Pasteur Paris in the 15th, 08 99 69 14 52. It changed my life - I now love pot-au-feu (if there's enough really nasty mustard.)

                John Talbott
                http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

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                  jehflyer Nov 30, 2009 11:56 AM

                  I will try it out on my next visit to Paris, probably end of January and will report back

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