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chocokitty Apr 2, 2010 10:33 AM

Dear Chowhounders,

Since I'm still in planning mode (when would it ever end?) I've made a few reservations so far for my five night stay in Paris (Tuesday, 5/25 - leaving Sunday morning, 5/30.) I'm leaving a few days open just because I'm thinking about going to the museums for two days straight (the Museum Pass) and probably go relatively spontaneous on my lunches.

Anyway, here's what I've reserved/planned so far:
-Tuesday: Lunch at L’As du Falafel and have glaces at Berthillion (it's relatively close) and visit some bakeries and boulangeries nearby. Dinner at Le Famillie (I know it's trendy but is it still good)

- Wednesday: Steak lunch at Le Bis de Servo (my best friend and I love our red meat); not sure about dinner but might eat our way through several patisseries and boulangeries.

- Thursday: Lunch at Passage 53 (read praises from this board, I believe and a few people like Mr. Food Snob thought of this place highly); still deciding exactly what we're doing after this...

- Friday: I'm thinking of visiting Versailles that morning and leaving it open depending how long we're taking. Possibly explore Paris' Chinatown?

- Saturday (my last day/evening): Hoping to get a reservation at Le Chateaubriand

Any feedback would help. If I should drop and replace a reservation, please let me know.

Thank you!
Tina

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    schtroumpfette Apr 2, 2010 10:52 AM

    Are you referring to La Famille on rue des Trois Freres? If so, go for the adorable molecular cocktails and eat elsewhere (and not at Mon Oncle). The food at La Famille is not the worst on the planet but you could do better at home. Plus the night I went the service was so horrendous it way overshadowed the cuisine. It took 2 hours to get our food, and by the time we ordered dessert they'd run out of the best choices. For better food, more colorful deco and warmer service, I'd go to le Doudingue on rue Durantin.

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      Parigi Apr 2, 2010 11:20 AM

      I agree with Schtroumpfette to give La Famille a miss. If you are in the Butte Montmartre area, Le Café Qui Parle is a good replacement.

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        John Talbott Apr 2, 2010 12:08 PM

        Ok, here's my take:
        "L’As du Falafel and have glaces at Berthillion" OK

        "Dinner at Le Famillie" "Are you referring to La Famille on rue des Trois Freres? If so, go for the adorable molecular cocktails and eat elsewhere (and not at Mon Oncle). Absolutely re: both, La F has gone postal and at Mon O you never know if they'll show up.

        - Wednesday: Steak lunch at Le Bis de Servo - Good at either Severo or bis.

        - Thursday: Lunch at Passage 53 not been in 6 months "still deciding exactly what we're doing after this..." Ah want advice?

        -Friday - Gordon Ramsay for sure. La Veranda. But watch your wallet.

        - Saturday (my last day/evening): Hoping to get a reservation at Le Chateaubriand; fine.

        Le Café Qui Parle is a good replacement.

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          chocokitty Apr 2, 2010 04:31 PM

          I'll take your advise Monsieur Talbott. :)

          I've replaced the Le Famille (yes, it's the one on rue des Trois Freres) with Le Café Qui Parle.

          I should ask you (and any other fellow Chowhounder who is willing to chime in), what would you consider a restaurant that has very good food that's under 50 Euros in Paris? We're willing to surpass that price limit if it really is worth it.

          Thank you!

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            John Talbott Apr 3, 2010 12:11 AM

            Almost all my meals are 100 E a couple or less and in my reviews on John Talbotts Paris I give the bill for every meal I have as well as a 1-10 rating. For example my last two meals at the 7/10 Concert de Cuisine were 91 and 96 E for two, l'Agrume a 6.5 rating cost 60 & 100 E a couple (if one of us hadn't ordered a pricey wine to celebrate an occasion), l'Aromatik 66 E for a 5.9 meal.
            Then Le Marcab was a solid 6/10 and cost 64.40 E last week and Le 122 a 6.7 cost 81 for 2 and 124.50 for 3. And so on. BTW these are all places you can reserve for the same day and not worry like you do with Frenchie, l'astrance and soon to be back Spring.

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              pammi Apr 4, 2010 12:59 AM

              My husband and I are sitting in the airport lounge waiting to board our flight home, and thanks to you , John Talbott, we had a wonderful dinner last week at Le Marcab. It was vey easy to get to- opposite the Voluntieres station of the Metro, the decor was very pleasant, the host welcoming, and the food was delicious. Not in the 2 or 3 star way- but we both had a fois gras laden meal (our favorite) for about 35 euros per person. Really excellent. We arrived a little early -8.30 but by 9 the place was full. Yum. Thank you,John..

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                John Talbott Apr 4, 2010 02:28 AM

                You're welcome and are most kind.
                I continue to be amazed that Le Marcab has not attracted the attention of bloggers etc but am pleased it's found its niche in the neighborhood.

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              Delucacheesemonger Apr 4, 2010 09:15 AM

              In that price range, my favs are Chez Denise and Quincy.

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        chocokitty Apr 10, 2010 04:35 PM

        I've tried toiling around my dining plans and my activities for my upcoming trip to Paris and I'm still stuck on the day I'm visiting Versailles.

        Here's my current dining plans:
        - Tuesday: Lunch at Lunch at L’As du Falafel and have gelati at Pozzetto, ice cream at Berthillion, gelati at Amorino and visit some bakeries and boulangeries across the isle. (Yes, my best friend and I are risking ourselves to diabetes.) Dinner at Café Qui Parle, as suggested by Mr. John Talbott.

        - Wednesday: Exploring Chinatown that's along Avenue de Choisy and Avenue d'Ivry and have a Vietnamese lunch at Pho 14 and graze around the neighborhood. Dinner at Le Bis de Servo.

        - Thursday: Visiting Versailles during the morning to early afternoon. Tempting as it is go visit Gordon Ramsay's La Veranda but I'm not sure as to making that splurge. I'm supposing by the time my best friend and I come back to Paris, it'll be considered late for lunch. Any dinner suggestions in Paris? (Maybe dinner at Passage 53? Ze Kitchen Galerie?)

        - Friday: (I'm dubbing it as "Museum Tour Day") We're visiting the Notre Dame, Sainte-Chapelle, Musée d'Orsay, and Musée de l'Orangerie. Lunch break at A La Crêpe Dentelle? (Other nearby suggestions are welcome). Off to the Louvre. Unwind with cocktails at the Prescription Cocktail Club and have a tapas dinner at Fogón.

        - Saturday: Dinner at Le Chateaubriand (I have reservations so it's settled.)

        As usual, feedback is always welcome. The trouble spot is the day I'm visiting Versailles since I can't really time how long I'm going to be there during the day.

        If you need some guidance as to what we like, we're open to almost any cuisine, my best friend is averse to spicy food, and we're trying to stay under 70-80 Euros per person.

        Thanks again!
        Tina

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          John Talbott Apr 10, 2010 06:00 PM

          Dear Tina (if I may be so bold):

          I'm still stuck on the day I'm visiting Versailles.
          What's wrong with Gordon Ramsay's Veranda? He's not there to curse; it looks out on beautiful sheep and it's pretty damn fine chow.

          Dinner at Café Qui Parle, as suggested by Mr. John Talbott.
          Oh my. On/around/by the Mont, the Table d'Eugene is IMHO #1, Miroir #2 and the Cafe qui Parle #3

          - Wednesday: Exploring Chinatown that's along Avenue de Choisy and Avenue d'Ivry and have a Vietnamese lunch at Pho 14 and graze around the neighborhood. Dinner at Le Bis de Servo. Why not?

          - Thursday: Visiting Versailles during the morning to early afternoon. Tempting as it is go visit Gordon Ramsay's La Veranda but I'm not sure as to making that splurge. I'm supposing by the time my best friend and I come back to Paris, it'll be considered late for lunch. Any dinner suggestions in Paris? (Maybe dinner at Passage 53? Ze Kitchen Galerie?)
          Either fine - I'd go with Ze because of the dazzling cuisine and Passage 53's crampted quarters.

          - Friday: (I'm dubbing it as "Museum Tour Day") We're visiting the Notre Dame, Sainte-Chapelle, Musée d'Orsay, and Musée de l'Orangerie. Lunch break at A La Crêpe Dentelle? (Other nearby suggestions are welcome).
          Le Reminet
          Off to the Louvre. Unwind with cocktails at the Prescription Cocktail Club and have a tapas dinner at Fogón.

          - Saturday: Dinner at Le Chateaubriand (I have reservations so it's settled.)

          Keep going. As my spirtual pal Yogi said or maybe said "It's not over til it's over,"

          John Talbott's Paris

          1. re: chocokitty
            souphie Apr 10, 2010 10:34 PM

            If you want icecream after l'As, I would strongly recommend le Bar à Glaces on Place du Marché Sainte Catherine, for cold press, high quality icecream from fresh ingredients. But I would keep Berthillon (or even Amorino if it's important for you) as a backup because the opening times of Bar à Glaces, and the availability of their icecream, is quite unpredictible.

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              Nancy S. Apr 11, 2010 05:50 AM

              I tried to go to Bar a Glace a few months ago and it appears that it no longer exists. Am I mistaken. I went to the address and it seems to be occupied by another shop. Also, I would skip Amorino -- I think it's not special. I prefer Martine Lambert on rue de Grenelle for very delicious ice creams served at a tiny shop. I do like the vanilla and chocolate at Berthillion, only from the original location, though.

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                shortstop Apr 11, 2010 06:23 AM

                <<Also, I would skip Amorino -- I think it's not special.>>

                Given all the "must try"-type reviews of Berthillon, I expected to be wowed by both the flavor and texture, but wasn't. I much preferred Amorino. And that they are a block apart makes for a fun taste-off. :)

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                  chocokitty Apr 11, 2010 06:40 AM

                  That's my intention when I did mention the trio of ice cream/gelato shops after I've eaten lunch at L'As du Falafel :)

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                    Nancy S. Apr 11, 2010 09:07 AM

                    Agreed, each according to taste. Also, there is no risk in missing Amorino if that is your preference -- they have appeared all over Paris -- in a Starbucks fashion.

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