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help! Bistro recommendation for tomorrow?

scorpsjl Aug 8, 2010 03:50 AM

First, I really wanted to thank all of you serious contributors to this board. I've mostly been lurking, but you've really enhanced my Parisian experience this last month.

Tomorrow (Monday) is my friend's last day in Paris and we completely forgot to book for dinner. We've been to a lot of great restaurants recommended by all of you on this board, but he's neglected to try what he thinks of as "classic french," often bistro-type food: in particular, he'd like to try escargot, confit de canard, and a soufflet (maybe the escargot is an outlier here?) Does anyone have any recommendations for a bistro or other restaurant, as delicious as possible, where he could try some (all?) of these things? Unfortunately, it's a Monday in the middle of August...!

Also, does anyone know about the Comptoir du Relais? I've heard it's open for dinner still? Do they have a prifixe dinner, or a la carte; if the latter, what is it like? We've been there for lunch, and if we can't find a bistro, we thought it might be an option for tomorrow.

Thanks very much!

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  1. Parigi RE: scorpsjl Aug 8, 2010 03:54 AM

    August Monday night with no reservation? Best of luck. May the force be with you.

    1. John Talbott RE: scorpsjl Aug 8, 2010 07:27 AM

      Just what you want (from JT's Paris):
      Chez Grenouille closed only the first week of August
      52, rue Blanche in the 9th (Metro: Trinite)
      Closed Saturday lunch and Sundays
      Lunch menus at 15 and 25 and a 40 E carte but they’re cool about mix & matching

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      1. re: John Talbott
        scorpsjl RE: John Talbott Aug 8, 2010 01:12 PM

        This looks great indeed, thanks! Have you or anyone you know tried their soufflet? Worth ordering?

        1. re: scorpsjl
          John Talbott RE: scorpsjl Aug 8, 2010 06:16 PM

          "soufflet" ? Dunno.
          But for some pix, not quite Soup-level, check out http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

      2. souphie RE: scorpsjl Aug 8, 2010 12:09 PM

        Joséphine Chez Dumonet. La Fontaine de Mars. Le Petit Marguery. La Rotonde. Chez Georges Porte Maillot.

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          scorpsjl RE: souphie Aug 8, 2010 01:06 PM

          Thanks! Is Josephine open? I'll call them in the morning, but I thought I they were closed in August?

          1. re: scorpsjl
            souphie RE: scorpsjl Aug 8, 2010 02:11 PM

            They were not last friday. Or last August.

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