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Jul 19, 2011 06:36 PM

Best Soupe à l'oignon and best Soupe de poissons in Paris

Two of my friends are coming from the states and are craving for Soupe à l'oignon and Soupe de poissons .... where are the best? Help they are arriving friday.

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  1. I really don't know. But I suspect that the best Soupe à l'oignon is found in New Jersey or something. It's one of those dreamed French specialities that no French people actually eat. As for soupe de poissons, I've only ever seen actually eaten (or drunk) in Bretagne, and there are some pretty decent ones to buy from Monoprix.

    1. See this hilarious all-over-the-map thread on onion soup.
      If you use the search function, you will probably find a recent thread on soupe de poisson.

      1. Thanks Souphi and Parigi, went to rue Lévis this afternoon bought fish soup and rouille, great. Indeed the thread on Soupe à l'oignon is hilarious . Will make it at home for them and will give you feedback...Thanks

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        1. re: madamebatignolles

          I second the recommendation for canned soupe de poisson, it is often the best solution. Look for any can or glass jar made on the Atlantic or Manche coast: Brittany, Vendée, Normandy, Picardie, etc.
          Also last night I had the best fish soup I ever had in Paris — at Spring.
          Restaurants: try La Cagouille, La Méditerranée, Le Divellec: you can't go wrong.

        2. actually, good onion soup is still findable ... only problem is that the quality is rarely consistent ... at 4am, it's absolutely delicious at Au Pied de Cochon in Les Halles but not so good (but hardly bad) at 4pm... just a matter of different batches at different times and being there at the right time, i guess... and maybe it's just a psychological thing but it always seems to taste better in winter than in summer

          many of the classic landmark cafés/ brasseries also do good to excellent soupe à l'oignon... certainly La Rotonde in Montparnasse and Le Flore in Saint Germain des Prés do it very well indeed... but it will cost you 10 to 12 € a bowl... ouch!

          other than the now average and somewhat overpriced Bastide Odéon on the rue Corneille in the 6th and Le Grand Colbert in the 2nd, I can't think of any places that have both fish soup and onion soup on the menu ... but I am sure there must be others

          1. Unless I lived in Paris, Onion Soup would be one of the last things I'd look for there. And even then, I think it's probably best made at home. In January. ;) mmmm right now my brain is revisiting a lovely chestnut soup I had several autumns ago in Paris. Yum.