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Mar 26, 2010 03:12 AM

Restaurants in Paris for a butcher


I'm a history prof living in Paris for 5 months in the 6eme. My father and mother, who are butchers and former restaurant owners (they run a tiny high-end butcher shop in Pennsylvania), are coming to visit me next week and I'm trying to decide where to take them. They are very into food, and my Dad is endlessly fascinated by the different cuts of meat, etc., but they have a pretty limited budget, so I am really looking for a very good rapport qualité-prix, and also a pretty casual atmosphere. We will probably eat one meal a day out, and then do charcuterie/cheese etc for the other meal.

Up to 30 Euros per person for a dinner menu is ideal. Last time they came to Paris I was living in the 10eme, and their favorite place we went to was probably Chez Michel, if that gives you a sense of what they like.

I've gotten a lot of ideas from reading this board but thought I would see if you all have any feedback on my list.

A la Biche au Bois (it's not game season, but seemed like something they might like)
Le Buisson Ardent (good rapport qualite/prix, casual atmosphere)
L'Epigramme (it's around the corner from my apartment and I walk past it every day...)

for lunch:

Le Pre-Verre
Le Reminet

I have not been to any of these places so I'd be very grateful for your feedback and suggestions. Also, we will be traveling to the Southwest- Charente-Maritime and then Basque country, so if anyone has suggestions about where to eat in those regions, I'd be very grateful.


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  1. Paris: I'd add Les Papilles. 30 euro per person is really limited. I hope you don't mean including wine.

    Outside Cognac, we stayed at the ferme-auberge Chateau Mesnac which produces its own excellent cognac and also serves very good meals, with a very good lunch menu at 26 euro. The rooms are beautiful and not expensive.

    Basque country is an epicure's heaven. I don't even know where to start.
    My fave restaurant there is at the unpronounceable Olhabidea outside the beautiful village of Sare. For my friends and us who lunched there, Olhabidea was The most beautiful lunch place: it was like lunchig at the country house that belongs to a friend who oozes with taste. It does a funny food-guessing game (but it graciously asks your permission to play it with you). Upon every course, instead of telling you first, the maître d asks you to guess the ingredients. We did pretty well, down to the cooking process. -- But this does mean that you don't get to choose the menu. The menu (34 euro) is a little more expensive than your budget, but it's totally worth it.
    It is run by Fagoaga the famous Basque chef who also has the beautiful hotel-restaurant Arraya in Sare. I seem to have seen a less expensive menu option there.

    In le Bastide-Clairance, another beautiful village, we chanced upon a village café that has a very good 10 euro menu !

    St Jean de Luz and Ciboure have very good eats too. An inexpensive and good eatery in SJdL is Zoko Moko.

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    1. re: Parigi

      Thanks so much- these are very helpful ideas. You have me excited about Basque country- we'll be staying very close to St. Jean de Luz. I have been to Les Papilles and really liked it- will definitely take them back there. When I said 30 Euros, I meant not including wine!


    2. I'd agree with your selections except Buisson Ardent where my last meal was subpar and I'd add Le Jeu de Quilles which is pricier than you wish but located right next to and using the meat from one of our best butchers - Hugo Desnoyer (who supplies meat for lots of famous places including Severo and the bis de Severo) and if you went for lunch it would be a combined treat for them to see his joint first, then lunch. He's open til 1 PM except Sat nonstop til 5 PM and Sunday and Monday closed.

      Le Jeu de Quilles
      45, rue Boulard, 14th (Metro: Mouton Duvernet)
      Open for lunch only Tuesday-Saturday and dinner Wednesday and Friday
      A la carte 40-60 € (depending on meat chosen)

      Also I'm not sure how late in the year Biche au Bois keeps serving biche but I think I've had it as late as Feb, so maybe you'll get lucky.

      1. Some Paris restaurant for butchers: Le Sévero, le Bis du Sévero, Chez l'Ami Jean, Riboudingue, Chez Joséphine (not really budget), Chez Denise, L'Ami Louis (not at all budget), Christophe (but sad place), l'Auberge du Quincy, Le Boeuf couronné.

        I don't think Desnoyer provides for Sévero anymore.

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        1. re: souphie

          62, Bld. Edgar Quinet, 14th arr. (M°: Edgar Quinet).
          Closed on Sundays.

          1. re: Dodo

            And as one might guess from the name, Meating in the old Jamin space.

            1. re: John Talbott

              Apicius, not Jamin. How could one guess from the name?

              1. re: souphie

                Thanks so much! These are great suggestions. Will follow up with a report. I think they'll love to see Hugo Desnoyer.


                1. re: tzahra

                  Another butcher they should not miss is boucheries Nivernaises, rue du faubourg Saint Honoré. Also, I would strongly recommend Lesourd on rue Lecourbe. Next to Lesourd is a Vérot shop, probably the best charcutier in town. Le Coq Saint Honoré for fowl is an absolute must.

                2. re: souphie

                  Apicius, not Jamin. How could one guess from the name?

                  When one has Alzheimer's.

            2. re: souphie

              Souphie mentioned Riboudingue -- we have very much enjoyed a binge at that place (an offal specialist in the 5eme, very near Notre Dame) -- it's the kind of establishment that, I think, professional butchers might appreciate. (I'm still thinking of the great lamb's brains . . . .)

              1. re: Jake Dear

                It is a good recommendation indeed as Nadège Varigny (the owner of the place) is herself from a butcher family.