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Mar 20, 2011 04:04 PM

Foie Gras - Restaurant or Otherwise.

I'm an admitted fan of all things Foie Gras and unlike America it seems to be on every menu in France. My simple question is who does it the best, or who does something unique with it that is really worth going out of the way for? I tend to prefer terrine/torchon preps over seared/roasted, but if someone is doing a salt or sugar baked/poached version I'd love to find that.

Additionally, we're planning on a day at Versaille and want to take bread, pastry, and charcuterie/pate - anyone doing a unique Foie terrine sold in such a variation?

Thanks to all who have been so helpful in planning this trip!

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  1. As said before

    Cold-Chez Josephine Dumonet
    L'Ami Louis

    Hot-Chez L'Ami Jean

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    1. And if you want to bring some home, Dubernet sells the best available. Can't remember the addy of the Paris store. I usually get it in Lyon.

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      1. re: ChefJune

        Thanks - looking for a prepped version to go with some cheese and meats to Versailles.

        1. re: uhockey

          Divay on rue Bayen has the goose foie, which has become a rarity (restaurant wise, Le Quincy has it).

          1. re: souphie

            Thanks! Something I've never had the chance to experience, actually.


            1. re: uhockey

              Is picnic for Versailles the best way to go? I will be spending a day there in June...if that is the best way to do it, post any other ideas you have uhockey :)

              1. re: Dapuma

                It is the best idea because Versailles has no interesting restauran to speak of but has all sorts of good food shops.

                1. re: souphie

                  So we can buy the items on site at versallies or we should get them the day before and bring them with?

                  If u can get some items there and some items brought...which asre the items to get there vs bring with

                  1. re: Dapuma

                    I was actually going to ask the same - is it better to get quality stuff in town and take it with or can a quality meal be made simply shopping at the shops in Versailles?


                    1. re: uhockey

                      I think a quality meal can be made in the streets of Versailles, by the market.It has the upside of being fresh of the day then.

                    2. re: Dapuma

                      Versailles has a nice market and nice food shops. However, Versailles castle is a huge sprawling place. Don't become all walked out before you even start to visit Versailles.
                      I would get a jar of foie gras in Paris the day before, (and tomato, carrot, et les cornichons!), then get a baguette the morning before taking the train, then pick up drinks in the supermarket in the little mall across the street from the Versailles train station. That would be my way of streamlining the time and the schlep.
                      And I would get there in late morning, pick a place in the garden, picnic, then visit the interior in the afternoon, instead of lugging all the picnic stuff through the Galerie des glaces, the opera house, the king's and queen's apartments...
                      If you are planning only to visit the gardens, which by themselves still take half a day, then you can easily go to the Versailles market, pick up your picnic stuff, and shortcut to the garden bypassing the castle.

              2. re: souphie

                JT: Dubernet has goose foie, as well.

              3. re: uhockey

                Often in the warmer months there are farmers markets - marchés des producteurs de pays - in Paris, where you can find farm-fresh foie gras (always get the kind in jar, not canned) for a good price.
                You have a great idea re picnicking in Versailles. The garden is ideal for it.