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Sep 4, 2010 09:45 AM

Recommendations for 11th arr. in Paris?

We will be visiting Paris shortly, staying in the 11th, near Voltaire. I've heard that in general lunch offers a better deal than evening meals - however we are planning to eat out 'reasonably' in the evening - we would like to sample traditional french 'bistro' fare, in local restaurants that hopefully won't be touristy! Also, we don't really want to spend more than 30euro per head plus wine (we may go for house carafe, or splurge).

I have done a bit of research and my 'shortlist' includes: Melac; La Muse Vin; Les Belles Miettes; Au Vieux Chene, Le Chateaubriand, Chez Paul, and La Dame Brune.

I would be very grateful if anyone provide me with feedback on them? Is it wise to book? Are there others of similar price and ambiance that people could recommend in the 11th?

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  1. I'd dump Chez Paul. I haven't had a decent meal there in years. Le Bistro du Peintre has always been solid for me. Keep in mind that a lot of new places are opening in the neighborhood so you may have to look at what's on peoples' plates to decide.

    If you can up your cash to 50 euro per head, there are many excellent places like Le Villaret not far.

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    1. re: Busk

      Thanks for that, will keep Le Villaret in mind - I have heard good things about it too, so may well be worth the 50 euro on our last night perhaps.

      1. re: kittaycat

        Read a bit more about Le Villaret; it's very inconsistent and has waitfolk who border on the inadequate.

    2. Vieux Chene; haven't been in years but always liked it.
      I've already spoken my piece about Le Chateaubriand.

      1. Agree to dump Chez Paul. There is an Argentinian restaurant across the street from Rest Paul Bert on Rue Paul Bert that seems pretty good. Glad you mentioned Melac. Was 100 yards from last apt and went about once a week when in town. Great wine, some interesting food, and a dropdead t-shirt.

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        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

          "Argentinian restaurant"
          It's called Unico and looks great, on the list.
          But you didn't mention the two stand-outs on the street - Paul Bert and l'Ecallier du........

          1. re: John Talbott

            Had a lovely meal last winter in Paul Bert, and also in Chez Paul, though I'm pretty stuck in my Pot au Feu loop, and it never disappoints. My partner likes the rabbit stuffed with goat cheese.

            1. re: Gman

              "Rabbit stuffed with goat cheese"...

              This was my regular order some 15 years ago. It is soothing to learn that some things remain the same. I would doubt that our handsome waitress has fared as well, but, you know, this is Paris and one can dream. Thanks for reminding me of this lovely dish. (Both of them.) ;)

            2. re: John Talbott

              Been disappointed in Paul Bert too many times and prices for oysters at l'Ecallier du ... are shameful.

              1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                "prices for oysters at l'Ecallier du ..."
                Really? Where else can you get Utah Beaches like that?

                1. re: John Talbott

                  Taking a recc. from Lobrano, I found them at Brasserie Garnier, close by to where I frequently stay. I like that you can sit in the little "oyster room" and sample platters featuring 2 of several kinds of oysters, which confirmed my preference for the sweeter, nuttier, less salty, Gillardeau's from Utah Beach. Haven't tried Ecaillier Paul Bert yet, but will this Oct.-Nov.

          2. Haven't been yet, but real food lovers love:
            Aux deux Amis
            Café Comptoir
            45 rue Oberkampf 75011 Paris
            Tel : + 33 (0)1 58 30 38 13

            1. Thank you for all those recommendations. Certainly aim to try Melac, but probably not Bistro Paul Bert - that whole street seemed a bit too self-consciously trendy from the sound of it, anyway.
              Has anyone heard of La Fee Verte bistro - was thinking of stopping in there for a glass of Absinthe, but don't know what the food's like.
              Another place i heard of that's very good and I understand has been going for some time is Chez Ramulaud.

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              1. re: kittaycat

                Chez Ramulaud will fit your budget; nothing to look at tho. Probably just fine if you want French "comfort food". I suspect the Bobos have taken over here too.