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Feb 18, 2011 06:17 AM

Best cheese degustation in Paris?

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?

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  1. "the cheese course at Astier"

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

    1. Cantin, whom you mention, offers degustation, however I would assume that these are both formal and expensive.

      1. 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

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

          1. re: Delucacheesemonger

            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

              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

                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. 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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            1. re: sunshine842

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

              1. re: Parigi

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