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Mar 3, 2011 04:11 AM

Paris in April

My family and I are going to be staying the 6th arrondissment and would like to find a great bistro in the area for dinner the first night. We all love fine food.

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  1. 1) It's recommended to give an idea of your budget. Also, the 6th arr. is pretty wide. Are you around St. Germain-des-Prés or in the southern part in Montparnasse?
    2) In case you're coming from overseas, don't forget that you'll be jetlagged. Going light the first night is best... next to a walk outside.

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      1. Chez Fernand Christine
        9 Rue Christine
        75006 Paris, France
        01 43 25 18 55

        Can't go wrong!

        6 Replies
        1. re: foodiedanielle

          While I won't argue with your recommendation, I don't go along with your conclusion. Fernand may well please. However, I had one of the worst meals of my Paris experiences there. The waiter did not like my requesting that rognons be served very rosy, and kept telling me medium. I did not waiver. They were served on the well-done side of medium and were inedible. I showed them to him and he shrugged. It was a miserable evening.

          1. re: mangeur

            Gross. That's a one-strike-you're-out kind of strikeout.

            1. re: Parigi

              Bazook, I've been to CFC five times and have never been disappointed. While I haven't experienced the type of rognon "scandal" that ruined Mangeur's evening, don't misinterpret assertiveness from your waiter as arrogance. They tend to know what they're talking about. If in doubt, ask for Nicolas and you'll be well taken care of.

              1. re: foodiedanielle

                We felt a particular betrayal since we first met the original patron when he was the honcho at Machon d'Henri on Guisarde. Affecting the posture of a clown, he joked and played but attended every table with care while his German Sheppard wandered the not-too-spacious areas under tables and seats. He left Md'H and opened Fernand across the street, where we enjoyed several quite good dinners. Locals we met at Md'H told us about his Christine venue, how it was their choice for a special, romantic dinner. We went without doubts, expecting his usual standard. Not for us that night.

                1. re: foodiedanielle

                  "...don't misinterpret assertiveness from your waiter as arrogance. They tend to know what they're talking about."

                  I disagree. It is necessary that it is a discussion and not a dictation. The only disastrous meals I have had in France have been when the waiter has looked at me and prejudged "American, female" and interjected his opinion and/or collective experience into the order. The results have been overcooked lamb, beef and, super-yuck, liver and kidneys.

                  It is always sensible to have a discussion with the waiter about how food is cooked. And to stand your ground when you know what you want. (I remember a waiter who refused to take my order for pied de cochon. When I insisted, he refused to serve the table. I left him a pile of bones. :) )

                  1. re: mangeur

                    I have always been fond of le Machon d'Henri and Brasserie Fernand and have wondered about chez Fernand. This id good to know. But sad.