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Basque restaurant in Paris in August

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t19103 Jul 15, 2011 02:48 PM

Well, the title says it all.

Please tell me your recommendations for amazing authentic Basque cuisine in Paris.

I will be there in August.

My research has uncovered:

Chez Gladines
Afaria

Merci bien

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  1. PhilD RE: t19103 Jul 15, 2011 04:07 PM

    "authentic Basque cuisine" - what does that mean?

    Do you mean traditional Basque cuisine, or do you mean the food the top Basque chefs are famed for i.e. the likes of Andoni Aduriz, Helena Arzak, or Pedro Subijana?

    If it is the former then I suggest: Le Troquet (although Christian Etchebest has just sold), or his newer place La Cantine du Troquet, Afaria, or for a light snack L’Avant Comptoir (I think the main restaurant is more mainstream).

    Many will suggest Chez L'Ami Jean, but I would disagree, it was a Basque rugby bar before Jego purchased it and he kept the decor and rugby paraphernalia, but his cooking is really modern bistro.

    For modern Basque head to Le Chateaubriand (the one at 129,Avenue Parmentier, not the other one which is a French kosher place).

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      t19103 RE: PhilD Jul 16, 2011 07:50 AM

      Ok. Thanks

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      f2dat06 RE: t19103 Jul 17, 2011 05:19 PM

      Au Bascou, 37 Rue Reamur, very good, and not mentioned much on this board.

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        jock RE: f2dat06 Jul 17, 2011 06:41 PM

        ditto.

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          f2dat06 RE: jock Jul 17, 2011 09:31 PM

          here is a link, and sorry is at 38 Reaumur

          http://www.au-bascou.fr/

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        Ptipois RE: t19103 Jul 18, 2011 01:14 AM

        "Dans les Landes", basco-landais... Amazing, authentic and Basque despite the name.

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          jock RE: Ptipois Jul 18, 2011 05:10 AM

          ditto again. dan les landes is great.

          in truth we haven't been to au bascou in the last three years but only because there are so many new ones to try. we have loved it in the past.

          btw - i think afaria has the same owners as dans les landes.

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            t19103 RE: jock Jul 18, 2011 07:43 PM

            Wonderful!

            Thanks. I will check to see if they are open.

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              t19103 RE: t19103 Aug 19, 2013 12:37 PM

              I never got to try any of those on my last trip so I went to Oyez !! P'axoa using a LaFourchette reservation. I have never been in Basque country and the only Basque meal I have had was in Manhattan (Txikito) so I am no expert but this place was okay/good. Not magnificent but not bad. The hosts were very friendly. There were not many people but the service was somewhat slow. Also, my three functioning American credit cards could not work and I had to pay cash. Something is wrong with their machine so be sure to have cash if you are not French, just in case. Otherwise the food was good. I agree with the 8/10 that has previously been given. My starter was the sardines which were 9/10. The main was the red snapper soup which was very small in portion and could have used a touch of salt 7/10. The dessert was the basque cake which had a good flavor and good texture. 8/10. The numbers are from a review from another site. If they annoy you, just ignore them.

              I will keep searching for my Basque fix....

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                John Talbott RE: t19103 Aug 19, 2013 01:14 PM

                "my three functioning American credit cards could not work"
                Ah the old "Your credit cards don't work Monsieur" line. It's their machine not your American cards - I sometimes run through three US cards and one French bank one before giving up and writing a check.

                Since this was originally a 2011 thread and folks may use it as a reference, it may be worth pointing out the addition of two other Basque places since 2011:
                6.5/10 Pottoka, 4, rue de l'Exhibition in the 7th, 01.45.51.88.38 (Bus #80), closed Sundays, which some have hated and
                5.3/10 Les Prolongations, 76, blvd de Grenelle in the 15th , 01.45.75.62.05, (Metro: Dupleix) 45 meters away from the mother ship - The Dernier Metro and more Basque-ish in my opinion.

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                  t19103 RE: John Talbott Aug 22, 2013 03:28 PM

                  Exactly! My cards have worked everywhere else in the city.

                  Thanks for the update on the other two places. Hopefully, I can try them on my next trip!

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                    PhilD RE: t19103 Aug 22, 2013 03:58 PM

                    Cards are not so simple. Do some French restaurants still only have machines that take Carte Bleu which are "chip and pin" so if your card isn't a chip and pin or uses a different pin config it may not work. For example my 6 digit pin doesn't seem to work in countries with a 4 digit standard.

                    The same is true of some of the Asian cash card networks (UnionPay) which don't seem to be interoperable with some European ones.

                    As the security standards improve the interoperability of cards across geographies becomes more challenging. Best to have multiple sources of mo net whilst travelling.

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                      John Talbott RE: PhilD Aug 23, 2013 06:01 AM

                      Phil: by chip I assume you mean a puce and if so French cards have them and few US ones do; that's what makes renting a velib or renewing your Navigo impossible with a US card usually. But I don't know about the 4 vs 6 issue; both my US M&T and FR Credt Lyonnais cards have 4-digit pin #'s.

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                        Delucacheesemonger RE: John Talbott Aug 23, 2013 06:33 AM

                        Actually, you can renew your Navigo with an American CC. Swipe it through the CC slot and most of the time it works, just be patient.
                        Dubois fromager on Maubert-Mutualite has been notorious in having their CC machine not take swipes, only chips. On last trip through, finally have it repaired and now American, no chip, works.
                        Was also told new CC machines in France will not have the swipe capability anymore, have seen a few without, e.g. Pleine Mer on Rue Chabrot.
                        Thus it seems like it is getting worse not better and other than an enormously expensive Chase card, none in the States offer chips, Canada yes, USA no.

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                          John Talbott RE: Delucacheesemonger Aug 23, 2013 07:11 AM

                          It gets even weirder; in my Franprix, one register takes a US swipe card, the other only my French puce one.

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                            boredough RE: Delucacheesemonger Aug 23, 2013 09:35 AM

                            We have a BA Chase Visa card with a chip at $95/yr (& no transaction fees) - https://creditcards.chase.com/credit-...
                            I have no idea what other Chase cards cost, but I have a feeling $95 is not what you meant by "enormously expensive". It's definitely worth the convenience....although to be clear, it doesn't require a pin, which could be in issue at some (rare) kiosks. But most other non-swipe machines take it and & spit out receipts that require signatures.
                            (This is in reply to Delucacheesemonger)

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                              Delucacheesemonger RE: boredough Aug 23, 2013 03:50 PM

                              Thank you for that.

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                      Theobroma RE: John Talbott Sep 4, 2013 04:59 AM

                      Dear John,
                      Only 6.5/10 for Pottoka? Ah, this was in 2011. then I understand.
                      Now I suggest you recheck the place. Sébastien Gravé has considerably improved the menu and reformed a skillful team. He is now getting to back to the quality level of Les Fables de la Fontaine which he left and from which style he wanted to get away.

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                        John Talbott RE: Theobroma Sep 4, 2013 09:04 AM

                        6.5 for me is high, I've only found 12 places in 2013 that good.

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                          Theobroma RE: John Talbott Sep 4, 2013 12:12 PM

                          Well, fair enough then.
                          I still think it is better now than it was 2 years go.
                          Cheers.

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