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Dec 3, 2009 07:22 PM

Any recent info on the following places in Paris?

Want to take another couple for for a casual, but fabulous meal. Any comments on my list?
Au Gourmand
Au Bon Accueil
L"Atelier Maitre Albert

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  1. It's a good list, except for l'Atelier Maitre Albert, plain bad and very expensive. Thoumieux has very little interest food wise, in my opinion. Spring is also pleasant sophisticated home cooking and an almost impossible to get reservation. At least that's how it was in the old location. Has the new location open?

    I don't like Ducasse but I have to recognize that food at Benoit is pretty good, not cheap. Au Gourmand and Au Bon Accueil are still landmarks for food lovers. Jadis is one of the most interesting bistronomiques in town.

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    1. re: souphie

      Spring is closed; Daniel Rose has put it on the market, until he moves into the new 22 cover Spring on the Rue Bailleul, you'll have to make do with his chicken rotisserie in the old space called Table 28 and the Spring boutique around the corner from the new Spring on the Rue de l'Arbre Sec.

      Two of us had a blah experience at Thoumieux, OK but not worth the trip. It's on my blog John Talbott's Paris. Jadis is fun; Benoit too pricey for what you get; the others not been in over a year.

      1. re: John Talbott

        Could you elaborate on the old space Table 28 and the boutique around the corner? Are they sit down restaurants available for lunch and dinner? Thanks!

        1. re: hong_kong_foodie

          OK, sorry I was so telegraphic:
          1). ex-Spring, 28, rue de la Tour d’Auvergne, 9th, (Metro: St Georges or Pigalle) is now Table 28 serving rotisseried chicken is sit-down at dinner for 16.
          2) new Spring, 6 rue Bailleul 75001 will open this Spring (hey) will be sit down at lunch (a more informal) and dinner (more formal) for 22.
          3) Spring Boutique, 52 Rue de l'Arbre Sec 75001 is open now just up the street from the new Spring - it is selling bio fruits, primo canned goods, coffee, etc.

    2. can't comment on your list but just got back from Paris and had two fabulous dinners at; Fish and L'Ami Jean - both were fantastic and both had a prefix meal of 35e for 3 courses.
      Here is a nice review:

      1. I had dinner at Au Gourmand in July and it was lovely. The owners are wonderful and the cuisine is very nice for the price, especially if you order from the fixed price menu. In October, I had dinner at Table 28 (in the old Spring location). It was fun, given the presence of Daniel Rose at the stove. For us it was perfect since we had just returned from a few days in Belgium where we had a series of 12- course dinners. The best in Paris, for me, though, was Passage 53. It was perfection in every way.

        1. I had lunch at Au Bon Accueil a couple of weeks ago and was very pleased with it. I chose squid for the starter, pheasant for the main course, and a caramel millefeuille for dessert.