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Foie Gras - Restaurant or Otherwise.

uhockey Mar 20, 2011 04:04 PM

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!


  1. Delucacheesemonger Mar 21, 2011 03:12 AM

    As said before

    Cold-Chez Josephine Dumonet
    L'Ami Louis

    Hot-Chez L'Ami Jean

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    1. re: Delucacheesemonger
      uhockey Mar 21, 2011 03:21 AM

      Works for me - just making sure nothing overlooked.


    2. ChefJune Mar 21, 2011 12:58 PM

      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
        uhockey Mar 21, 2011 02:54 PM

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


        1. re: uhockey
          souphie Mar 21, 2011 10:11 PM

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

          1. re: souphie
            uhockey Mar 22, 2011 03:47 AM

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


            1. re: uhockey
              Dapuma Mar 23, 2011 03:01 PM

              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
                souphie Mar 23, 2011 11:05 PM

                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
                  Dapuma Mar 24, 2011 10:17 AM

                  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
                    uhockey Mar 24, 2011 10:41 AM

                    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
                      souphie Mar 24, 2011 10:47 AM

                      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
                      Parigi Mar 24, 2011 11:17 AM

                      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
                ChefJune Mar 22, 2011 07:46 AM

                JT: Dubernet has goose foie, as well.

              3. re: uhockey
                Parigi Mar 22, 2011 04:35 AM

                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.

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