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jillmarkey2009 Jun 23, 2010 01:31 PM

I am looking for an authentic bistro while I wait for my other party to arrive.
This is for a Tuesday night. My hotel is located at 221 rue Saint Honore but can definitely take the metro. I was thinking Chez Dumonet as that has gotten good reviews on this board?
Any other suggestions?
Thank you!

  1. souphie Jun 24, 2010 12:25 PM

    Casual feel, but what's your budget? I was at Joséphine today, and it was as good as usual, and generous. Still cost 88€ for one starter and two mains (salade d'endives, foie de veau, steak tartare: nothing fancy like langoustines or stuffed morels). Totally fair price, but quite a bit of money for some (like me).

    La Régalade is the new hot place close to you but, unlike most hot places, it's truly excellent.

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    1. re: souphie
      John Talbott Jun 24, 2010 02:33 PM

      "La Régalade is the new hot place close to you but, unlike most hot places, it's truly excellent."
      Yup. Ate there again today with two discriminating food critics and the verdict was very positive.
      Pix at John Talbott's Paris which should convince you (albeit they're not professional like Soup's).

      1. re: souphie
        mangeur Jun 24, 2010 06:08 PM

        Is this one starter and two mains for one person or for two people? Were these full orders or half orders? In other words, I am wondering if a person could have one starter and a main or a starter, 1/2 main and dessert at a lesser tab. You have written that Josephine's mains are quite large and that 1/2 portions are allowable.

        1. re: mangeur
          souphie Jun 24, 2010 10:10 PM

          Half portions are actually on the menu for most dishes, and they are quite enough, to be fair, even for me. Full portions are Gargantuan, like that "petit canard sauvage": they actually bring a whole duck on your plate (though indeed a small one). It was one starter and two full mains for Pti and I -- more than enough food in that context, all the more since their bread and butter are pretty decent.

          1. re: souphie
            Cookingthebooks Jun 25, 2010 01:39 AM

            I ate at Joséphine last night and was slightly underwhelmed. Half portions are generous for some dishes, but not others. For example, the half portion of white asparagus was three spears (full portion -- 5 spears) -- I wouldn't describe either as exceptionally generous. Also the accompanying sauce, advertised as mousseline, was simply hollandaise, and it had clearly been around the block. The foie de veau 1/2 portion was enormous and delicious. The poisson du jour (filet de bar) 1/2 portion was fair. Desserts are gigantic and they recommend sharing. I had the mille-feuille -- must admit I was slightly disappointed, but perhaps that's because I'm still reeling from the one I had at Jacques Genin.

            I would love to try the cassoulet, or boeuf bourguignon, but it's warming up in Paris -- temps in the mid to high 20s -- and those dishes seem too heavy and wintry. I wonder if I was slightly disappointed because Joséphine has more of a winter than summer menu. Then again, perhaps they should adjust with the seasons.

            1. re: Cookingthebooks
              souphie Jun 25, 2010 02:49 AM

              Fair enough. They don't adjust with the season much (except for some highlight like truffles and morels, who are not fresh anyway). It's not an ingredient place, like Chez l'Ami Jean, or Chez l'Ami Louis, or even Le Quincy in some regard. You go there for what you liked.

              That said, there's nothing wrong with Cassoulet in the summer. Get over your prejudice. ;-)

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        Oakglen Jun 23, 2010 06:21 PM

        There are at least a dozen good places within a few blocks of your hotel, please be more specific as to your preferences.

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        1. re: Oakglen
          jillmarkey2009 Jun 24, 2010 07:34 AM

          I would like something casual, bistro with lively atmosphere.
          thank you for any suggestions!

          1. re: jillmarkey2009
            Oakglen Jun 24, 2010 03:03 PM

            Le Castiglione, an upscale cafe, where you can eat in or at the bar, always busy with locals. Le Rubis, an old wine bar , has good food, if you like andouille and French cheese etc. La Regalade is the current hot spot, and well worth a try. Lots of Japanese restaurants are nearby, Auberge St. Roch is good, but maybe not lively. If you can dress in black and are skinny, then try Hotel Costes; if they seat you in the hallway, then you are "in".

            1. re: Oakglen
              Nancy S. Jun 24, 2010 05:01 PM

              My parents just had lunch at Le Rubis, which they always like. My father says that they always try to seat him upstairs where it's not as fabulous, but he refuses, and is unrelenting, and eventually they allow him to sit downstairs where he is happier. They also just had a fabulous and filling dinner at La Regalade.

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