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Apr 22, 2010 05:24 PM

La Tete dans les Olives

Will be in Paris for 7 nights and considering dinner at LaTete dans les Olives~lunch is not available. I I am hesitant because I have a long list of restaurant recommendations from this forum and don't know if if I am williing to sacrifice one of them.

Has anyone been there for dinner???

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    1. re: John Talbott

      If the lunch menu is the same/similar as dinner, would you give up a dinner say at Rech for La Tete dans les Olives?

      thanks for suggestions!

      1. re: plufmud

        Not me; Tete is funky and fun but not fine food, more of an experience.
        Look, these guys have a hot plate, box wine and cans and tubes and such of stuff they open. You sit at a cramped picnic table and as/so long as you love your neighbors it's fun, but not a resto.

        1. re: John Talbott

          So noted~thanks for your reply and ALL your contributions to this site!!

          1. re: John Talbott

            I agree with John - it's a fun experience and there are some gorgeous things to taste, but it's more of a "periodic antidote" to the regular restaurant scene. Not necessarily something I'd recommend for a visitor.

          2. re: plufmud

            Can't comment on "Tetes" but yesterday after reading so many good reviews about Rech, Ms. L and I paid them a lunch visit. I should have listened to my instincts about Ducasse revivals. We felt it was way overpriced, e.g.,€27 for 4 green asparagus with a few morilles, and over-salted ,e.g., lobster ravioli beurre crustacés and ailes de raie à la Grenobloise. Service was indeed good; I asked our server how often Jacque Maximin was in the kitchen and he squirmed a bit, replying that he had designed the menu. I suspect he was in the kitchen maybe about the day our touted "Fameux Éclair XL" was made as it was quite stale and tough this day.

            In all fairness, this is the only time I have eaten here, but it was what it was this meal, this day.

            1. re: Laidback

              Sorry Laidback; I've been touting it and he's been there when we have and we've always had the lunch "menu."

              1. re: John Talbott

                John, you are my vade-mecum, without you I would still be stuck with Pud's pontificating.

              2. re: Laidback

                Re: "Ducasse revivals."

                Went by Benoit today - green asparagus 34 Euros (mine at lunch at Le Chalbens was included in a 3-course 30 euro lunch); while Ducasse is the St Dymphna of restos: recall she was the patron saint of those who suffer from mental illnesses and nervous system disorders, epileptics, incest victims, and runaways, not all turns out well.