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Jan 13, 2010 11:33 AM

your thoughts,please, on my Parisian choices..

We are coming to Paris in March. We have made reservations at Claude Colliot,Christophe and L'Alchimie. We are not interested in stars, haute dining or bold-faced names-only the best possible food.That is why your input is so important..Thank you for your help !

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  1. Sorry to say but the best food really comes from the starred places. Starred places are not necessarily stuffy as many seem to think.

    Lunch at the 2 and 3 stars blows away in terms of food quality, presentation and service what you will get at the places you name and for about the same money as you will pay for choices at dinner.

    1. A word of caution about Claude Colliot in the 4th. After my meal there last week with Colette, I was prompted to write a report entitled: "Another chef whose food I think you either love or hate."
      Also, for what it''s worth my meal at Christophe has not pushed me to return, it wasn't bad but with so muvh else and if you ask, it's MBC, Frenchie, Jardin d'Ampere + KGB of this year's eats.

      John Talbott

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      1. re: John Talbott

        What is MBC? and I noticed your recommendation for Le Marcab. do you think that would suit us?

        1. re: pammi

          Well MBC is Gilles Choukroun's newest idea. Stands for Mango or Mint Basil Coriander; if you liked him at the Cafe des Delices and hated him at Angl'Opera you'll love him here, others don't.
          I think Marcab is a great place, locals (that is 15thers) we ate with Saturday liked it. It's gotten no press attention.

          1. re: John Talbott

            the phone is in my hand! press attention is not nearly as important as YOUR attention- you seem to have a nose for the next good thing. CAlling KGB as well. thank you..

            1. re: pammi

              While I've got you in thrall, I should say that I still think Ze and Le Gaigne are worth returning to time and again, as are Afaria, Le Troquet and Petit Marguery. Ah, so little time, so many more horizons to reach.

              1. re: John Talbott

                For what it's worth, we loved our meal at Christophe last May. One of the best in 10 days of great dining in Paris. Particularly on a Sunday evening when so many of the good options are closed, it a fine choice. The ambiance leaves a bit to be desired (rather plain/stark) but every element of the food and the service we received was without fault.

                1. re: plafield

                  Without fault, yes, but quite rudimentary preparations judging by my lunch at Christophe last November. It was pleasant, wholesome food made with good ingredients, but really no more than you might do at home when you've been at work all day and can't be bothered making something fancy! More bistro than bistronomique. I agree about the plain/stark ambience. If I lived in Paris I might go there occasionally, but I wouldn't especially recommend it for tourists who are in town for only a few days.

                  1. re: fanoffrance

                    If I may, since I know you both and the restaurant -- your experiences were quite different. Christophe became much more plain in the last few months, with much less of a gastronomic twist. Or maybe lunch became very different from dinner. It's like the chef got tired -- still excellent ingredients, still perfect cooking, but the whole thing all too plain, almost careless.

        2. re: John Talbott

          I Went to Colliot last week (wednesday at lunch) and loved it; I ordered the same thing you did (seafood & lamb & chocolate dessert).

          The room was not that full (4, 5 tables taken), but the service and the food was very good and friendly; and the price, very reasonable.

          On a side note, when I was there, a photograph came in and started taking pictures for the "Journal du Dimanche", maybe I can be seen in there.

          (edit) that was supposed to be an answer to JT.

          1. re: Maximilien

            Max: I'll be looking but JDD's food coverage seems to be shrinking as is/was Liberation's, Les Echo's & Le Point's.
            Also I've twice in recent weeks been asked if it's OK to film me, hey, me?, but none of them (out of 200 shot) was published. Fame is my Andy Warhol manque moment.

            1. re: John Talbott

              I am going to keep my reservation at Colliot as well as Christophe. But no one has commented about L'Alchimie. thoughts,anyone? I have already called KGB for a reservation, but have to wait for mid-February to get confirmed. also, what is the best time to eat? Not to offend my countrymen, but I noticed that later is better if you want to encounter French speaking diners.

        3. Just back from Paris and although Claude Colliot was innovative, I enjoyed other restaurants more. Maybe it was because the restaurant was almost empty the night we were there. Loved Frenchie, yam'Tcha, Itineraires, and Les Fables de La Fontaine.

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          1. re: trav

            Well, thanks to you all- I switched everything around and now have reservations at Le Marcab and need to call back later for La Gaigne and KGB. so many choices,so little time!

            1. re: pammi

              Please report back on Le Marcab; is it only me (and Figaroscope) or is it truly an undiscovered gem?

              1. re: John Talbott

                will do. I am going there at the end of March, but I promise to post on my return.