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Apr 12, 2010 09:27 AM

La Grille -- New Ownership?

I heard recently that La Grille had new ownership. True? Has anyone gone under the new regime? Is the sole meuniere still as good as ever?

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  1. Do you mean the restaurant in the 10th in Paris?

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    1. Yes, first reported March 1st by ER -, who gave it two hearts. No idea what's new/etc; am trying it next week.

      John Talbott's Paris

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      1. re: John Talbott

        John, do let us know. Initial word hasn't been good. Crossing fingers as it was so good before!

        1. re: WendyLyn

          Darn. Oh well, I'll know Monday. (Was going two days ago but ole Eyjafjallajokull tripped me up.)

          1. re: WendyLyn

            Well Wendy, if you loved it before you'll love it now. It's deja vu all over again. Except for the new proprietaire(esse) [I know I know], it's as if it was a bug encassed in amber, unchanged and kept for the centuries. Still that cluttered front, few covers (16), tin-sheeted(?) walls, wild turbot in butter sauce for two (76 E) etc etc etc right down to the credit card machine that doesn't work with non-puce cards. I'm curious now as to who put out the "Initial word hasn't been good."? I thought it was just as always. No better, no worse, quite enjoyable in fact.

            Pix to be up ASAP on John Talbott's Paris.

        2. I finally had a chance to go back today. Major letdown. It looks kinda the same as before, the menu is very similar, including the prices. Only it's not good anymore. It used to be traditional indeed, but very precise, balanced, delicious cooking. Seriously well made. Now, honestly, crap is the word that jumped to my mind, though it may be a slight overstatement.

          Harengs were the best part, but they were still very overseasoned (and there no potato in sight, which is fine by me but doesn't fit the bill). A lapereau thing was just not good, with an onion marmelade excessively sweet, and an excessively gamey/livery taste in an overall bland paté. Then the beurre blanc was good, which is useful when the turbot is not. It tasted like farmed turbot (but maybe it wasn't). It was correctly cooked, to be fair, though certainly not grilled. The patates à la lyonnaise on the side were not worthy of a bad canteen -- greasy, messy, chewy, unevenly cooked. And to think that potatoes in this place were such masterpieces.

          Sic transit gloria mundi.

          Orezza water was delicious, though.

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          1. re: souphie

            O shiiiiiiiiiiit. Soup you broke my heart.

            1. re: souphie

              Soup, I told you not to go and if you did order what I did (asparagus, cod & strawberries).
              My blog review subtitle was deja vu all over again.

              1. re: John Talbott

                Yeah, I did not read the signs right, once again. Too subtle subtitle, Dr. T.

                Me think "Same as before? Good! Me go!"

                And then me curse Dr. T like Kahn in Star Trek.

                1. re: souphie

                  Well so far the curse hasn't worked. I seem to be breathing OK.
                  I gave it a 5.2 (5.0 being an average meal in a Paris resto). I still maintain that the asparagus, cod & strawberries I had were pleasant and not nauseating.
                  As I said to another La Grille aficianado, If you loved it then, you'll love it now."

                  1. re: John Talbott

                    And yet, as I exited the restaurant, I waved my fist in the air with a grim, yelling "Talboooooooooottttt!".

            2. This really breaks my heart to say this (for the record, my husband disagrees with my assessment) but I was very disappointed. We were at La Grille the 1st time in 2007 and it was nothing short of magical. We were back in early March of this year. I ordered the Boeuf Bourgignon, (which I had dreams about, it was so wonderful before) and a frisee and lardon salad which I had not had the last time. The salad was delicious, but the Boeuf Bourgignon, not so much. The meat was very tender, but the sauce didn't have the body and and intense flavor as before. My husband had scallops with the famous beurre blanc that they are known for from the turbot. I don't like scallops, so I didn't taste them, but I did taste the sauce on a bite of plain potato and it was very good. The waiter brought out the potato cake that was so heavenly before, but just O.K. this time, and the desert we had, was a major disappointment.