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May 25, 2010 03:35 AM

Recommendations for the 15e - seafood/bistros/couscous

I am heading to Paris on a last-minute trip this weekend, staying in the 15th. Usually when I'm in town I eat out in the 6th or 7th but i will need to stay in this area more-or-less during my trip. Where do people recommend for nice seafood in the 15th? Are there any stand-out bistros? Also, I would love to take in a good couscous - any favourites to recommend?

Thanks in advance

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  1. Are you looking for Saturday and Sunday only, lunch and/or dinner?

    1. The 15th is an enormous arrondissement; can you zero in just a bit on your location? Otherwise you will get reccommendations from Grand Pan to La Dinée to La Gitane. I am not aware off the top of my head of a dedicated seafood restaurant in the 15th, although many places serve good fish.

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      1. re: Laidback

        again, i was not specific. i am staying nr Vaugirard metro so i am looking for places with 10/15 mins walk

        1. re: Laidback

          L'Uitr is in the 15th.

          So are Cristal de Sel, Jadis. For couscous, I'm really unsure -- La Table de Fès is borderline.

          1. re: souphie

            thanks for your recommendations. i'm afraid i had a lot of things going on so i didn't get to try them. i happened to pass by Cristal de Sel whhilst out walking one morning - the menu looked great so i'll definitely try it when i'm next in town

            1. re: daves2009

              I went to Uitr on Saturday for lunch. It was excellent. It was a really hot day so we sat out on the shaded terrace. Extremely friendly welcome and some very good oysters. We also had some mackerel carpaccio (which was delicious), some langiouustines (good) and some very good moules marinieres (my uncle was just in the mood for moules - despite the hot day). A bottle (or 2) of a decent loire white rounded things off nicely. A hidden gem and ideal for a lazy summer's afternoon.

        2. sorry - should have been more specific. I am looking for friday lunch, saturday dinner and sunday lunch.

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          1. re: daves2009

            Try L'Armandie, rue Petel, open on weekends, with a number of menus for both lunch and dinner. The best seafood dishes have to be ordered off the Carte however. Should be near your hotel.

            1. re: daves2009

              Gotcha, all reasonably near
              Friday lunch - Le Troquet
              Saturday dinner - L'Alchimie
              Sunday lunch - Marcab

              1. re: John Talbott

                Went to Le Troquet at the weekend. There were 5 of us and we all enjoyed a great meal. Their basket of charcuterie put smiles on several faces around the table. The chilled soup of pea and mint was also pronounced very good as were the goats cheese and the aubergine caviar which was nicely spiced. For mains, the dourade was excellent - very fresh and lifetd by some lovely fennel. Elsewhere around the table, the duck was greatly appreciated. There was a bit of banter with the wait-staff which helped further in our appreciation of the evening. A delicious riz au lait and an equally proficient lemon creme followed. My other 3 companions all opted for cheese which proved a little disappointing (a single cheese accompanied by a decent cherry jam). All in all a good spot - although I think I prefer le Grand Pan.

            2. Although neither of these are seafood restaurants, just last week we had very good fish at both Au Dernier (70 Blvd de Grenelle) and Marcab (Vaugirad and rue des Volontares across from the entrance to Metro Volontares) in the 15th. We had sole at the first and bass at the second.

              As for couscous, we didn't go, but our landlords swear that Couscous at 112 Blvd de Grenelle is very good.

              1. I'd love someone to try Grand Pan for me. I second Le Troquet. Afaria is good, I wasn't blown away by Jadis. Cristal de Sel is good. As for seafood... friends have recommended La Chaumière on Felix Faure.

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                1. re: ericab

                  "I'd love someone to try Grand Pan for me. " I think that's why we mention it.

                  1. re: John Talbott

                    Let's try this again:
                    A real find in a strange place, but hey.
                    7.0 Le Grand Pan, 20, rue Rosenwald in the 15th,, closed Saturday lunch and Sundays is to hell and gone, for me anyway, on a street that is nondescript quinzieme nada. The famous Muss’Bar was taken over by Christian Etchebest and his second, Benoit Gauthier, who looks about 10 years old (I know, I’m really getting older) a few weeks ago and already has notched 3 hearts and 4 blocks; it’s clearly hot; I reserved two days ahead and they asked for my phone number. It’s small (40 covers max, including the bar); very welcoming; all no-smoking and all French, and has lots of regular dishes (3 fish, several meats) plus 4 plats for 2 (beef, veal and pork), firsts and desserts (from light melon soup to a big éclair). My downstairs neighbor and I agreed to split the interesting-sounding stuff: so she started with a millefeuille of veggies draped with crisp belly bacon and accompanied by a pesto sauce and I the absolutely spectacular coques and mussels sitting atop a cold (perfect on this hot, humid day) platform of eggplant caviar. Then she had the daurade (whose skin was crisply crunchy) with a side sauce of intense tomato and maybe pepper – pretty damn good, while I had what said it was pork cheeks in red wine but looked and tasted more like a splendid beef or veal stew and fell apart on touch and was draped with foie gras with a tasty polenta (my guest announced it the best of her lifetime) side. We were unable to finish the sides nor order dessert but I’ll guess they’d be as good; they were huge and good-looking passing by. The bread and coffee were good, it has a bathroom where the lights turn on automatically and they have paper towels rather than that annoying blower. Bio wines start at about 13 E for a liter and our Chinon was just fine. Our bill = 55 €.
                    Go? We’re taking our best French friend/colleagues there in three weeks exactly.

                    1. re: John Talbott

                      John, was this a lunch you describe? And is dinner service also as varied? Our only visit was shortly after they opened, and the dinner menu was very short, in fact offered only a set menu of salad, enormous slab of meat and endless fries. Is there now more choice and are there more composed plates at dinner?

                      1. re: mangeur

                        It was lunch that time and subsequently maybe 3 times, I've never been at dinner. We ate there first just after it opened and there was an ardoise with maybe 7 types of meat and some fish and if memory serves me several choices for firsts and desserts. I'd have nott raved as much if I'd had a forced-choice "menu".

                        1. re: John Talbott

                          Thanks, John. I still was not clear about our experience. We indeed had the choice of lobster for 2 or grilled beef, veal or pork, and perhaps there was another option besides salad as starter, like soup. But there was nothing in the style of your veggie millefeuille or shellfish appetizers nor your mains of daurade and pork cheeks, i.e., no "cooked" food, only grills and fries. I just wondered if there was a completely different style at lunch than at dinner, or if dinner had morphed into a more involved cuisine.

                          My point: At the time of our dinner visit, this was a super address if you were looking for "meat", but a disastrous one if you were looking for anything lighter or for more complex cooking. My question: Has dinner options changed?

                          1. re: mangeur

                            I simply cannot answer having never even gone by at night.

                      2. re: John Talbott

                        Did someone really name a restaurant after the famous horror short story by Arthur Machen? How odd.

                    2. re: ericab

                      well, ericab, I did try Grand Pan for lunch and in my dining companion's words it was "a great success". It's friendly, professional and really rather good. While waiting for one of our party to arrive, we had a board of charcuterie. Varied and tasty. Shortly after ordering our plats we were brought small glasses of an excellent lobster soup. For mains we had onglets and lobster - all very good - and some marinated girolles on the side which were perfect. I'd certainly recommend this place; it's a little off the beaten track but the warm welcome and the quality of the kitchen's output make it worth the journey. Thanks for pointing me in their direction

                      1. re: daves2009

                        Great news. It's not at all out of the way for me, so I have no excuses. I'm going ASAP.

                        1. re: ericab

                          a warning: i was sad that i didn't leave room for dessert - the people at the next table were eating a fraise-rhubarbe crumble that looked (and smelled) heavenly

                          enjoy yourself. i'll probably be there again myself come Saturday

                          1. re: daves2009

                            please do report on dinner when you go!

                      2. re: ericab

                        Went to le Grand Pan again last night. The cote de porc was really good, though the fries are not to my taste -- too big, to starchy, no crisp. The starters had no interest, as often. Charcuteries were good not great, a stuffed zucchini was nothing to write home about, really, and a tartine de pied de cochon paled in comparison of the same dish had at la Table de JR the week before. The panna cotta for dessert was pretty good. The whole thing was very affordable (at 104 for two including a bottle of Coteaux du Giennais) and they were very nice.

                        1. re: souphie

                          Sounds awful Soup; sorry. But you're back on the trail.