Reports from Le Gaigne, Frenchie, Claude Colliot, La Regalade St. Honore, Ledoyen...
I'd like to thank all of you for the posts, as its researches helped me to choose the restaurants we've been in October, during one week. The five mentioned were truly amazing, everyone should try them.
We went to Le Gaigne for lunch. My companion and I had the prix-fixe: as a starter, both of us chose beets and feta cheese, which was delicious and my friend had the pate en lievre, which he liked a lot (I tasted it and also enjoyed).As mains, I had the fillet de mulet with champignons, my companion had the rumsteak with bernaise sauce and my friend had the lamb which was the best of 3, but my fish was very good (although it wasn't part of the prix-fixe). As dessert, both of us had pear with spices and it was amazing, my friend didn't have dessert. Definitely would go back today! It was a pleasure meeting John Talbott there, especially because his descriptions were amongst the reasons for going to Le Gaigne.
At Frenchie, we had dinner. It's amazing the quality of food by the price you pay. My companion had beets salad, which he liked, but preferred the beets at Le Gaigne. My friend and I had mackerel with cream and bacon, which was obviously very rich and also excellent. As mains, both of them had the poitrine de cochon, which they liked a lot and I had filet of daurade with a cremy sauce similar to the starter, which was also very good. I was the only one who had dessert, which was a tarte aux amandes, which was drier than I expected. They tried and didn't like it either.
At Claude Colliot we were 4, as a friend from London met us on his way to Marseille with my friend.My companion and I had foie gras and bouillon, my british friend had glace a Homard with cauliflower capuccino, and my other friend had crevettes and st. jacques (which was the best starter). For mains, my friend and I chose sweetbreads with brocolis and cauliflower (it was outstanding) and the other 2 had agneau pre-sale (my friend preferred the one he had at Le Gaigne). We didn't have dessert. The staff was excellent, liked the venue and being close to where we usually stay will probably get us back there.
My friends went to Marseille, so only my companion and I went to Ledoyen for lunch, the 88 euros menu. We had the pre-amuses, with a ginger ball, another one with foie gras, another with cucumber and a fourth one I cannot recall, but thought at the moment as the weakest of them. As amuse we had st. Jacques marinee avec a citric sauce that was excellent. The breads were amazing, as usual we ate a lot of them (for me the brioches and the baguettes for him)... As starter, I ordered the pate en lievre which was delicious and he ordered the oeuf with truffles, that he said it was among the best starters he ever had. We both had the noix de st. jacques with jamon iberico and truffles, which was the best main we had in Paris this year! We both had tarte de pommes which was delicious and then a pamplemousse dessert with its sorbet/the real fruit/caramelized one that was also fantastic. Lots of cheese (brie de Meaux, rocquefort, goat cheese...), lots of mignardises (cafe macarron, lemon and raspberry cream, a small sort of pineapple cake), lots of caramels with our espressos. The staff was very nice and M. Patrick was terrific. I must thank souphie's recommendation of Ledoyen for having one of the best experiences in my life!
The night before coming home, the three of us went to La Regalade St. Honore. The terrine was so good, we ate the almost half of it within minutes. As starter, my firt choice would be st. Jacques, but sadly it finished (a lady sitting next to us probably had the last one, so I controlled myself not to grab one of hers!) so I had a tarte au thon rouge with greens and cheese which was delicious and I even was happy I could try something different from the St. Jacques. My companion had a pumpkin soup with crevettes that he loved and my friend had a bouillon with foie gras that he loved as well. My companion and I had the Grand Marnier souffle that was amazing and my friend had the riz au lait, which we ate a lot... We were amazed by the meal, that even with around 5 degrees Celsius of temperature, we walked talking about it until we got to Marais.
We loved Pain de Sucre, we went there 4 times! Loved the Solies (with fig), P'tit Paris, Ptit Jules and the macarrons.
We also had macarrons at Laduree (which I like, although a little sweet), Pierre Herme, millefeuilles and chocolats at Jacques Genin, lots of Bernachon from Denise Acabo.
Well, it was fantastic, hope to be back as soon as possible.
Best regards to all of you!