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The Paris Seasonal Go-down

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Over the past three weeks, the list was as follows:

Mon Vieil Ami. Good, but it's unfortunate that we need to get excited by places like this these days. I had the sanglier parmentier. Good, but I needed a pizza after. I thought this was a bistro.

Le Reminet. Lunch, after a big night out. The best value of this lot for the 13.50 menu. Astonishingly, a 13.50 euro menu with food worth eating (saumon cru salad and boudin noir main in this case).

Likafo. OK, went for Christmas Eve. The hanging roast meats delivered the goods.

CAJ. As promised by the 1000 other revues. Probably the best restaurant of any sort in Paris at this time.

Allard. Unusually, I had never been here before. The sweetbreads with morilles were the best I've ever had. The duck was amusing, but not bad.

Chardenoux- Cyril was in the kitchen. Nice guy. I had the lamb knuckle and fois gras. Correct but not particularly special. Sad, <100 gram portion of couscous to accompany it.

Bistro du Peintre near metro Voltaire. I know, nobody goes here, but I had a 350 gram entrecote for 21 euros which is a good deal on a nice piece of meat, at least the piece I had. They also had some decent wines for ~20 euros a bottle.

Chine Massina. This is a revelation. This is now our destination Chinese in Paris for the dim sum, seafood and general high standards.

Cafe Marly. Correct enough for my low expectations. The tartare was good.

Le Rubis- got into a shouting match with the hag that runs the place and walked out.

I wasn't trying to eat out that much this season as I'd put my roast chicken up against anybody's and prefer my oysters and fois gras at home. Like everywhere, life is becoming more and more expensive. At Chardenoux and Mon Vieil Ami, I felt like they were really trying to hard to make any money by keeping portions small and limiting diversity on the plate and in other areas of the restaurant experience. I would prefer that they raise their prices more and continue to deliver, than struggle to keep prices low and try to finesse the diner into thinking he's getting something he's not. Wine prices continue to hang in there with places marking up 2X discounter prices which is good. I'd say that my estimation for a decent bistro meal in Paris has increased from 50 to 60 euros a person, but I a not sure that paying more will get you more value on the plate.

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  1. I don't know Chine Massena. Thanks for the tip. Where is it? (A Google search yields two such restaurant on opposite ends of the Massena mall)

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    1. re: souphie

      I checked. I knew that place but not for its food -- when you park in sundays in the one parking garage available in that neighborhood, the only exit that has a lift brings you to the restaurant. I remember having to negotiate with them so they let us and our two strollers out through the restaurant instead of sending us back to the parking and the stairs.

      That said, the fact that you can park there easily on a sunday sets the place apart. And now, with your recommendation, we'll check it out pretty soon, maybe this afternoon.

      1. re: souphie

        They were very accommodating of a huge stroller and two small kids. We came through the front door from Av. de Choisy. This is going to become a Sunday tradition...