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Dinner near Eiffel Tower in March- fabulous duck + other options...

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laurenpk Nov 15, 2010 11:35 AM

I already got some great recommendations for our upcoming trip to Paris for 3 days in March, but I wanted to ask specifically about a great restaurant/bistro/brasserie for duck specifically, but with other options as I don't eat a lot of meat other than fish. I know that Au Petit Sud Ouest is highly regarded, but it seems that they don't have a lot of non-duck options. I had thought about Le Petit Bordelais as a fun/splurge night as well, and while their menus include duck, I wasn't sure if it would be considered a "specialty."

Suggestions welcome! Restaurants don't have to be near the eiffel tower, we're staying near the Champs-Elysées, will be visiting musee d'orsay, louvre, notre dame/latin quarter...I'd like to stay under $75-100 per person for a splurge night, but less expensive would be great.

Thanks!!

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  1. John Talbott RE: laurenpk Nov 15, 2010 11:50 AM

    Would Peking duck work?
    No, Oh well. There is a fabulous place called the Concert de Cuisine near you chef'd by the ex-Benkay guy that is serves Japanese-tilted food.
    Le Concert de Cuisine
    14, rue Nelaton in the 15th, (Metro: Bir-Hakeim)
    T: 01.40.58.10.15
    Closed Sundays and Saturday and Monday lunch
    Lunch menus 24 & 29, dinner 40 & 57 E.

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      f2dat06 RE: laurenpk Nov 15, 2010 05:42 PM

      pass on Petit Bordelais, dowright depressing compared to Les Ormes that previously occupied that location.

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        John Talbott RE: f2dat06 Nov 16, 2010 09:03 AM

        Double agree.

      2. PhilD RE: laurenpk Nov 16, 2010 11:01 AM

        If it is Duck you need, and you want a splurge why not try "La Tour D'Argent" which serves probably the most famous duck in Paris?

        OK it is near Notre Dame (with a great view) rather than the Tour Eiffel and it can become expensive if you don't focus your ordering. , however it is a real part of history and I understand it is now on the bounce from it's fall from grace (3 stars to 1).

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          John Talbott RE: PhilD Nov 16, 2010 11:47 AM

          Absolutely, we ate there a few months ago and they do serve the duck on the 65 E lunch menu, a la carte is 200 E (with the cheapest wine at 62E) so if you're on a budget or fixed income beware. But as I've written elsewhere the view as Phil says is great and the place just like my first time in 1953.

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          Oakglen RE: laurenpk Nov 16, 2010 11:56 AM

          I would have said D'Chez Eux, but recent reviews, non duck related, have been poor. Le Florimond has a fine Confit de Canard, but so do many others. For cassoulet, there is Violin d'Ingres. Au Petit Sud Quest is good, but for meat eaters only. You have a happy problem; duck is a much favored French dish.

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            boredough RE: Oakglen Nov 16, 2010 12:37 PM

            Yes, went to D'Chez Eux in July and found it to be pedestrian and overpriced - not at all what it used to be. Le Florimond also has great stuffed cabbage & boudin noir, besides the excellent confit de canard.

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              laurenpk RE: boredough Nov 17, 2010 05:34 AM

              Thanks all! I hadn't looked at Le Florimond, and Ill keep La Tour D'Argent in mind for our splurge meal.

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