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Dec 10, 2010 09:42 AM

BEST of the Flo Brasseries?


We are trying to make reservations for Christmas dinner, and may just resort to going to one of the Flo Brasseries. Are any of these better than the others? Usually I avoid them because they are beautiful but average -- but I'm not picky on Christmas. :)

Any other Xmas suggestions welcome too. Thanks so much!

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  1. I think you have them pegged, beautiful but average. To my eye, Julien on Faubourg St. Denis is the prettiest.

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    1. re: Laidback

      Prettiest, yes, I suggest Balzar or La Rotonde; at least you will see locals at those two. "Average" works for us, when traditional brasserie dishes are concerned.

      1. re: Oakglen

        I think that the food at La Rotunde is a cut above the Brasseries Flo, as is Le Garnier.

        1. re: Oakglen

          I booked us into Julien last August because 1) it was a pretty room, 2) my husband likes Art Nouveau and 3) it was August. It was a depressing meal, an embarrassing evening. The guests were mostly European, most enjoying a special occasion. Lots of flashes going off, lots of picture taking. The food was very ordinary and quality was not in line with price. We cut and ran before dessert or coffee. Even in August, there are better tables.

          1. re: Oakglen

            Indeed La Rotonde is not Flo and has in general much better food. But I went to Balzar for the first time yesterday and found it a very pleasant, typical, old style Parisian brasserie. Food was not wonderful but it was pretty pleasant. I took pics:

            Vieille anglaise is right -- when at Flo, focus on basics, stay away from food that requires skills like roast chicken, ile flottante, chateaubriand béarnaise....

            By the way, Julien is nice, but the original Brasserie Flo, very close, is also quite scenic.

            1. re: souphie

              That's more or less what I advise to people who want to dine in pretty places or convenient brasseries like the Grand Colbert, Le Train Bleu, Terminus du Nord, Brasserie d'Alsace: order defensively. This means, order the kind of thing that does nnot take much recherche or sophistication, that is difficult to blow.

              1. re: Parigi

                If you like choucroute, don't forget Bofinger. It is a lovely, old Flo brasserie, albeit often filled with tourist groups. If not the "best" choucroute in Paris, it is very good and hard to mess up because they use good ingredients. They also have excellent, fresh shellfish, which requires only good handling but not cooking finesse, or rather little or no cooking.

                If I am too lazy to make it myself, I get my choucroute to go from Bofinger.

        2. Julien is very pretty, as are all of the establishments in the empire.

          It's not a recommendation as such, but I have found the food served at the Terminus Nord to be the least mediocre of the Flo chain.

          If you do go, go basic.

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          1. re: vielleanglaise

            Second La Rotonde the food there was better than 4 Flo brasseries I have been to in the past few years. Avoid terminus Nord at all costs. Horrible food, worse service. if you go to Bofinger, ask to sit downstairs.