Paris Report - Leyoden, Chez L’Ami Jean, Rech, Le Cinq, La Gaigne
We were in Paris in mid June and had a fantastic time. Thank you to everyone on this board who recommended places and helped us with our list.
Leyoden (Dinner here the first night). I really wanted to love it and just did not. The room is beautiful. Appetizers: Shrimp with cucumber – was a bit bland, Salad with a kind of pop rock topping – was very good and the concept was just fun. Entrees – Veal – was a little dry and not that exciting and John Dory with a lot of tarragon foam was fine, but not amazing. Overall it just OK which is not OK at that price point. I thought there was an overuse of foams which seems a little dated. Our waiter was very rushed and not particularly nice or helpful.
Chez L’Ami Jean – (Dinner) Really liked. Yes, the tables are close, but it’s fun. Very friendly crowd, funny, helpful waiter, good food. Had tomatoes and mushrooms to start – both very good. Entrees – Pork which was tender and yummy and Turbot which was good. Rice pudding and strawberry soup for dessert – loved. We’d go back.
Rech – (Dinner) We also really liked. If you like fish, go here. It was one of the best meals that we had. Oysters to start. Entrees Skate and Salmon. Both were delicious. Ended with very tasty brioche. Service was good.
Le Cinq – (Lunch) Our best meal. Beautiful room, great service. Loved every part of the experience. Had oysters to start, Entrees: Sole and Lamb which were both amazing. Great desserts. Loved the cheese cart and the candy cart. We’ll be back.
La Gaigne (Dinner). We had an uneven meal here. I forgot to write down all the details, but my recollection is that our entrees were just OK, but the appetizers and desserts were very, very good – so good that we would eat there again.
re: John Talbott
Had a hauntingly divine lunch at Le Gaigne last December. Hope to return this December. Dinner at Le Coude Fou - ok, but not memorable, the service a bit brusk and unfriendly, and not all that cheap for the rustic environs. I think Le Pre Verre is a better choice with a similar vibe, and cheaper and better.