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Best cheese degustation in Paris?

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hungry_united Feb 18, 2011 06:17 AM

I've made a list of fromageries to check out (Cantin, Ferme St. Hubert, Alleosse, Barthelemy) but was wondering if anyone could suggest a place to sit down and have a cheese plate or course? I have read about the cheese course at Astier, but am not sure if that's the best option. Any suggestions?

  1. Parigi Feb 18, 2011 07:23 AM

    "the cheese course at Astier"

    Wonderful. If you want just a cheese dégustation, try some of the wine bars-caves à manger.

    1. mangeur Feb 18, 2011 07:31 AM

      Cantin, whom you mention, offers degustation, however I would assume that these are both formal and expensive. http://www.cantin.fr/degustations.aspx

      1. Delucacheesemonger Feb 20, 2011 07:19 AM

        l do not mean to disparage my next ex-wife Parigi, but the cheese tasting at Astier was IMHO, truly dreadful, quantity yes, choice and condition no. Best recent course of cheese in Paris is part of the mediocre lunch at Le Grand Vefour, the place, service, and cheese make it worth the visit. l am happier buying my own cheese, bread, wine, and accompaniments and do a picnic inside or out. Add Dubois at Maubert-Mutualite to your store list. While the hours are difficult and prices alarming, one-half a Vacherin Mont d'Or for 40 euros,Barthelemy is a wonder.

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        1. re: Delucacheesemonger
          sunshine842 Feb 20, 2011 08:21 AM

          a half a Vacherin Mont d'Or for 40 euros?! (faints dead away)

          1. re: Delucacheesemonger
            Parigi Feb 20, 2011 08:47 AM

            Honorable Fu' Ex Hu':
            Maybe you got the cheese plate at Astier after we were through with it. Of course we throughly picked off all the good stuff.
            Quoique, the Asian that I am, I déclared forfait after my portion of pont l'évêque-reblochon-chavignol. It is quite possible the rest of the plate was dreadful - the plate that was sent onto the next table, and the next.
            But always, considering his nom dd guerre, I always bow deeply to FXH's cheese expertise. (Sorriest must run. Must soigner my Poulet Pinceaux.)

            1. re: Parigi
              mangeur Feb 20, 2011 05:16 PM

              Actually, we're waiting for the reviews of your Poulet Pinceaux. Your house or his? Huge green envy emoticon in any event...

              1. re: mangeur
                Parigi Feb 21, 2011 12:47 AM

                Mine. We heretics added a mustard-soy sauce-vinegar coating to the skin.The telltale sign of a superior chicken is that even the white meat is tasty, says I who I normally do not like white meat

          2. sunshine842 Feb 21, 2011 11:30 AM

            Hall 7 (both floors) at the Salon d'Agriculture. You can eat your way through France's finest edible offerings, including more cheese than you can even imagine.

            (I'm exhausted, and I can't believe I ate the whole thing.)

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              Parigi Feb 21, 2011 11:35 AM

              Am going next Saturday. My vanguard hubby poo has already scouted out locations for me.

              1. re: Parigi
                sunshine842 Feb 21, 2011 12:42 PM

                It was still crazy busy, even on a weekday - but it was still more sane than a weekend. Godspeed.

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