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Sep 29, 2010 11:20 PM

Eating in paris after 2pm

Any ideas for a good lunch where i dont have to hurry along, as i like a good breakfast i genrally eat at about 3 in the afternoon than thats it for the day, anyone know if Comptois du relais is open for instance

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  1. You're going to find very little open at that hour for lunch. Most restaurants close by 2- 2:30, then reopen about 6:30-7 for the dinner service.

    I'm afraid at 3, you'll be limited to bistros and brasseries, which usually serve all hours, a sandwich from a boulangerie, or fast food of some sort --crepes from a street vendor or similar. (There's always Subway or McDo, but I can't put that as a serious suggestion.)

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    1. re: sunshine842

      thank Sunshine bistro,s and brasseries are right up my street prefere somewhere with lots of bustle

      1. re: tea101

        The Luxe hotels have bar menus that are usually available in the afternoon. At the brasseries, make sure to order dishes that have to be prepared to your specific order. These are the reheat hours, so if you order Poulet Roti, it may be over done. Whereas a steak or steak tartare will be freshly prepared. A few restaurants, like Au Dernier Metro, serve all day, and reheating will not be a problem.

    2. Yes Le Comptoir du Relais should be open in the afternoon - it is a brasserie at lunch and in the afternoon.

      If you can it is better to change the way you eat as it will give you far more choice, you may even find "a good breakfast" may be a challenge as French breakfasts are usually quite light (esp when compared to the US)

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      1. re: PhilD

        If you want to go out for breakfast, you're right. But if you want to eat breakfast in, France is a wonderful country for large breakfasts. In my household, we have a German style breakfast every week or two. Between all the cheeses, baguette, the more rustic breads, brioche, viennoiseries, fancy confits (I miss Monoprix's cheap rose petals), pâtés, hams, boudin blanc, boudin noir, good fruits when they're in season, etc ... it's an embarrassment of riches here.

        1. re: tmso

          ....and of course if you stay in an international hotel you can have a large "international" breakfast, or smaller hotels will do a continental breakfast with meats breads and cheeses. However, do either of these match the size/breadth of the usual US spread? Thus my recommendation to synch with the local style.

          1. re: PhilD

            An international hotel breakfast isn't what I was recommending; better to avoid that, and just have a nice lunch. I was suggesting that one can buy things at markets and bakeries and assemble a great breakfast that showcases the food here, just as well as one can with a lunch or dinner.

            My US family being Italian, it could be that my perspective skews what I think US breakfasts are like; but I don't think German style breakfasts leave anything to be desired in terms of size or breadth. From memory, here's what we had on the table on a recent Sunday when a couple friends were visiting from across the Rhine:

            Croissants, pain au chocolat, brioche; various preserves.
            Two different pâtés, plus a mousse de foie.
            Jambon de bayonne, jambon de sanglier, saucisson sec aux noix.
            Baguette, pain de campagne.
            Camembert, époisses, roquefort, comté, mimolette.
            Boiled eggs.
            Two different herrings, oysters.
            Boudin blanc, boudin noir, boudin antillais, merguez.
            Grapes, khakis, a couple different types of plums, apples.
            Olives, pickled artichokes, pickled peppers, hummus.
            Coffee, tea, crémant de bourgogne, orange juice.

            Clearly that's a Sunday breakfast, and there was plenty left over. My point is just that a large breakfast is not a bad way to taste some of what this country has to offer.

        2. re: PhilD

          Phil has a great point (as usual).
          If you are, say, in the US, eating at 3pm everyday is doable.
          If you are in France, ating at 3pm everyday means staying away from all good restaurants (with the lone exception of Le Comptoir du Relais). Is your habit so important that you would rather sacrifice this major enjoyment in a visit to France?

          1. re: Parigi

            Or the OP may head to one of the few Paris Chinatowns (XIIIe and Belleville) where they can eat at any hour. But is one really coming to France for this?

        3. Le Monde published a list of 9 places today, many open til 5 AM or 24/24, the only one I'd rec is La Tour Mont..... and for certain things, l'Alsace.

          1. It's not that important, as an ex chef i dont do" haute" anyway, spent too many years churning it out,
            so I would always look towards the bistro scene, what I am looking for is some where that has top flight produce thats not been messed with, that i can walk in anytime of day, plus a bit of atmos would be nice.
            Give me scrambled free range eggs, shave some fresh trufle over and I am a happy chappy!!

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            1. re: tea101

              That won't really happen between regular hours, especially the truffle thing (unless you shave some chocolate truffle on your "jambon-beurre" !!! :-)

              1. re: tea101

                “what I am looking for is some where that has top flight produce thats not been messed with, that i can walk in anytime of day, plus a bit of atmos would be nice.”

                Sorriest, a place with such attributes is not hard to find, but you "can walk in anytime of day". The French, whether they eat at home or out, eat at certain hours. It is not a 24/24 non-stop meal kind of culture.

              2. L'As du Falafel in the Marais. Open non-stop and the falafel is great