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Aug 11, 2011 10:03 AM

La Cigale Recamier (dinner) to Paul's (casual lunch) - PARIS

Thanks to a nice couple i was sitting next to who spoke fluent french and fluent english, my meal was great from begginning to end. I speak broken french. I'm looking foward to another good meal and would appreciate some help.
Last visit, I had a white fish (not sure what it was called...lute, it was on the dinner special list ) and i shared a frois gras (which i would never have ordered w/o the help of the nice people we sat next to). I'd be happy to order the same but i don't recall the name of the fish or frois gras. Help please.
Suggestions welcome, any fish (but tuna) or chicken dish.
Paul's I been to on two different visits to Paris. On my first visit, the person i was with ordered a yummy open face sandwich with tomato,cheese and seasoning and a basic side salad came with it.
We went the next day and the person i was with ordered a salad w/triangle pieces of different types of cheese going around the plate. I distinctly remember the menu being in english in small print below the french as how else did we get so lucky with our order. But on our last visit, not english menu available and i asked for one in french?? Once again the people next to us helped us out. Guess i should have written it down, too busy enjoying myself in paris. I went to Paul's website, its a chain in paris with some locations nicer than others but we go to the same location everytime. The website was not helpful, sharing a fixed menu which is not what you get when u go there. Its just a regular menu. I was hoping to translate their menu, so i could order that sandwich or salad again but no luck. Help appreciated with this as well. Thank you.

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  1. Here's the link to the cartes:

    The waiter at Paul's repeated my order back to me -- a croquet monsieur -- but then brought me a crepe. It was delicious, so I found the menu (carte) online to identify it.

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    1. re: ardithl

      ardithl, maybe there has been a menu change. I have both visits ordered the sandwich mentioned above and the salad once w/a cappacino noisette, no dessert. Thanks for trying to help.

    2. Just a guess, but the fish ("lute") might have been "loup de mer", or sea bass. As for the foie gras, you probably just need to look for any one listing on the menu, since odds are there won't be two (although it's possible....I can't find the menu on-line). Was the dish you had served warm (sautéed) or a cold slab of terrine/pâté? As for Paul's, although it's a decent place for a chain, you could do better at Cuisine de Bar (8 rue Cherche Midi in the 6th), where they serve open-faced sandwiches ("tartines") on Poilane bread accompanied by a small salad (see ) . As for figuring out what all the French means, don't hesitate to ask your server for help, as he/she most likely will speak some English. Bon appétit!

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      1. re: boredough

        boredough - Let me start by saying Yum! Thank you. RE: Poliane, feeling a little lost. Looking at the bakery pic's i have a memory of buying a small apple bakery item and raison item at a bakery i didn't take notice of the name and enjoying siting at notre dame. On my last trip, i did walk into a Poliane and just saw bread, no bakery items or lunch cafe? I was in the 6th arr.

        1. re: chocoholichappy

          The lunch café is Cuisine de Bar (in the 6th), not Poilane itself. The café uses Poilane bread (Poilane is next door). Poilane does make a raisin bread, and delicious butter cookies ("punitions"). Can't find anything about an apple pastry, but anything is possible.

          1. re: boredough

            Poilane is rather famous for it's tartes aux pommes.

            1. re: mangeur

              AHA! goes to show what I know (having only gone there for bread). I couldn't find anything on it at their site, but maybe I missed it. Thanks

              1. re: mangeur

                I also think their little butter cookies are quite good. However, I'm not a fan of their bread. Pain des Amis at Pain des Idees is a much better iteration.

              2. re: boredough

                Poilane has excellent (IMO the best) viennoiserie, tartes aux pommes and chausson aux pommes. La Cuisine de Bar is delightful but it is currently closed for congés annuels.

                1. re: Cookingthebooks

                  COOKINGTHE BOOKS, will it (la cuisine de bar) be open the first week of September??