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Paris report - Le Cinq, Atelier, Verre Vole

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panaroma Oct 4, 2010 06:59 PM

Here's a report from last week:

Great Meals -

1. Lunch at Le Cinq - The food and service were superb. Highlights included the Raviole with Foie Gras in a gorgeous peppery bouillon, matched perfectly with wine recommended by the somellier. The basque pork was also very good, though perhaps not as tender as it could have been. There was one service glitch when they brought us the calamari amuse twice. On that note, the calamari was good but not really a 3 star dish IMO. The other amuse of pumpkin soup was spot on.

2. Lunch in the park with Kayser rustique sandwiches. Many of our favourite things were simple. It is tempting to over-foodie things but my level-headed travel companions ensured that we got a variety of experiences.

3. Lunch in our apartment with cheese and butter from Dubois (Place Maubert), basque ham and sausage from Otieza (Rue St Michel), Kayser bread and a lovely burgundy from the Cave on Rue Monge (this is a good Cave a Manger, sometimes with live music at night).

Good meals -

Le Verre Vole - Great atmosphere. Lots of bobo 'tude but these guys have a real love of food and wine and their recommendations included some of the best natural wine I have ever tasted. My starter of red mullet was better than the similar dish I had at Atelier earlier in the week. My main of pork rib was so-so but my friend's toulouse sausage was really good. We walked all the way home to the 5th, buzzing with happiness. Great value for money.

Chez Hamadi - Great cous-cous, friendly staff. Mechoui was ok but not brilliant. Tunisian wine surprisingly drinkable. Why this place was half-full so near to the packed tourist hell holes nearby is beyond me. Again, we had a lot of fun for next to nothing here.

Atelier de Joel Robuchon - We had a really fun night here but it really is not a 2 star restaurant. The amuses were great (better than the mains, which were good but not really that memorable). Service was very good and the recommended wine selections outstanding. However, for the cost (1000 Euro incl wine - we weren't paying!) there are probably better places to go.

Bad meals - None, thanks to the help of this board.

Finally, loved the Renard Macarons!

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    f2dat06 RE: panaroma Oct 4, 2010 07:18 PM

    On that note, the calamari was good but not really a 3 star dish IMO

    Cinq has only 2 stars!

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      panaroma RE: f2dat06 Oct 4, 2010 10:12 PM

      I'm aware of that and did not say it had 3. This is a great room trying to regain its lost star. My point was that a dish like this is not really at the top level of cuisine.

    2. Delucacheesemonger RE: panaroma Oct 5, 2010 12:53 AM

      Tend to agree on Atelier. Only dish l get there is the squab stuffed with foie gras and wrapped in savoy cabbage with fleur de sel. l get it twice with the pommes de terre puree and a glass of wine.
      totals out at @ 85 Euros and is stunning.

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        souphie RE: Delucacheesemonger Oct 5, 2010 08:50 AM

        The sweetbread, the whiting, the morels can also be pretty astonishing. But that is the kind of dish you want to focus on, and there is no question that the place is overpriced.

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