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May 12, 2010 10:25 AM

Substitute for Yam'tcha

I tried to make a reservation at Yam'Tcha and was told to call back three weeks before the date I wanted to dine. I did as I was told but today was informed they had no availability. Not sure if I was given bad advice the first time I called, or if others beat me to the punch earlier today. In any event, no hard feelings, but wanted to know what suggestions others had. Not necessarily leaning toward something Asian per se, but want wanted something unique (only in Paris...). Thoughts?

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  1. Shan Gout, Chen, Chateaubriand, Le Quincy, Chez Denise, Joséphine, Bistral, Casa Olympe, Jadis, Cristal de Sel. And don't get me started on fine dining, especially the glorious demoted neighbour Gérard Besson.

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    1. re: souphie

      Well, I'm not sure it's only in Paris, but I along with Soup really like Shan Gout; the guy is talented and nice and funny.

    2. "leaning toward something Asian per se"
      Ze Kitchen Galerie (sorry guys) or
      Lao Lane Xang 2
      102, Ave d’Ivry, 13th (Metro: Tolbiac)
      T: 01 58 89 00 00
      Closed Wednesdays
      Lunch menu 10,80 €, 20–25 € à la carte

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      1. re: John Talbott

        Lao Lang, go for the Lao dishes (toasted rice salad), worth a detour and I have never seen this in NYC.

        1. re: MOREKASHA

          "Lao Lang"

          Did you mean Lao Lane Xang?
          Or is there a new resto named Lao Lang?

          1. re: MOREKASHA

            I had the toasted rice salad (item L28 on the menu) at Lao Lane Xang this evening and loved it. Prior to tonight, I've had it only at Lotus of Siam in Las Vegas, but I preferred Lao Lane Xang's version for having crispier rice and more generous fermented sausage. Still, now that Lotus of Siam has a branch in NYC, you can get this same toasted rice dish there.

            1. re: david kaplan

              I love Lotus of Siam (only been to LV) so I really appreciate your comments about LLX. I'll definitely try it. I tend to go for Asian pork (who am I kidding - ANY GOOD PORK) so I was wondering if they also had a dish similar to Lotus' grilled pork plate.

              A Vietnamese taxi driver told me that his favorite Vietnamese restaurant ("just like home") was called something like Cay Tre. Do you know it or anything that you would suggest for really authentic Vietnamese (or for that matter non-Lao Thai, another fav) here in Paris? I've almost given up on Japanese but eventually I'll start searching for Chinese.


              1. re: Buzzy2

                I'm not familiar with LOS's grilled pork plate. I tried LLX's Lao sausage, which I like but prefer more herbs and ginger than theirs; I loved LLX's Lao beef jerky.

                Sorry but I can't help on Vietnamese places. I'm only visiting Paris briefly and have not explored Vietnamese options here. We have excellent Vietnamese in the SF Bay Area, where I live, but little Lao, so I made a special point of trying LLX but not Vietnamese places in Paris.

                The best of many pork dishes I've tasted in Paris was the blanquette of pork cheeks at Cafe Constant in the 7th. That's off-topic for this thread. Fuller write-up to come in my trip report.