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In search of validation for restaurant and market picks in Paris...

lax2mia Aug 24, 2011 10:28 AM

I'm usually not a fan of the "please look at the places I've picked to go so that I can validate my ability to pick cool, terrific places without ever having set foot in them" type posts but here I am hypocritically writing one. Hopefully my honesty will be rewarded with some constructive critiques.

Staying in the 3rd Arr for a little over a week in the 2nd week of Sept. Planning to mix dining out, both casual and up, with homemade meals at the apartment we've rented. Given the decrepit state of the US dollar this will be a fairly low key vacation. Here's the lowdown:

Current dinner reservations:

Spring

Chez L'ami Jean

Passage 52 (going to drop as prices have gone up since ** were awarded)

L'Astrance (definitely dropping after getting price for menu)

Jadis (thinking of dropping because of location)

La Bigarrade

Septime

L'Agape Substance

Places without reservations yet but will try when they reopen:

Le Chateubriand

Yam'tcha

L'Agrume

La Verre Vole (for Sunday dinner)

Place that I'm sick of calling and getting the answering machine and am thinking of just saying f-ck it if because they make it beyond a pain to make a reservation:

Frenchie

As for cooking at home, we'll be close to the Enfants Rouge market and am thinking I'd be able to find quality ingredients there. If anyone is familiar with the area and knows of outdoor markets I'd appreciate recommendations.

Thnaks much in advance for your comments.

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L'ami Jean
27 Rue Malar, Paris, Île-de-France 75007, FR

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    plafield Aug 24, 2011 10:53 AM

    Personally, I think Jadis is worth the shlep. We really enjoyed seeing a different part of Paris (so much so we're taking an apartment not far from there for our next trip) and the value of the meal was outstanding. La Regalade in the 15th also well worth the shlep and fantastic value.

    I agree that Frenchie isn't worth the difficulty of securing a reservation. We actually snagged one by having a local friend walk in and reserve for us and then we decided to skip it ot attend a CH party at CLJ. No regrets. The people who we gave the reservation to said it was OK but not as great as the hype would make it seem to be.

    1. mangeur Aug 24, 2011 11:08 AM

      FWIW: I wouldn't give up an evening to L'Agrume. The carte is not cheap, and the ingredients and concepts going into the inexpensive tasting menu are not great.

      We gave Frenchie 4 visits before deciding that it was more hype than substance, worth neither the effort of reserving nor an opportunity elsewhere lost.

      It is not difficult to get to Jadis, which should be well worth your time. Ingredients, passion and soul.

      1. Delucacheesemonger Aug 24, 2011 11:41 AM

        l would skip L'Astrance regardless of price. Read uhockey's review from this spring http://chowhound.com/topics/783176 . l shared the meal with him.Also read http://chowhound.com/topics/780625. If an extra meal you might consider Le Quincy ( Metro:Ledru-Rollin ), Auberge Bressane ( Metro-La Tour Maubourg ), or Les Papilles ( Metro/RER:Luxembourg ). l also agree never drop a place due to location. The transit system, other than closing around 1 AM, is flawless.

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          Nancy S. Aug 24, 2011 12:06 PM

          On your list, I am a big fan of Septime, Passage 53 (it's really quite special) and L'Agape Substance. I have always wanted to go to La Bigarrade and L'Astrance, but have never been able to secure a reservation. Personally, I wouldn't bother with Frenchie (having been there 3 times) and instead have a pre-dinner glass of wine (and maybe a bite to eat) at the wine bar across the street.

          1. lax2mia Aug 24, 2011 08:17 PM

            Thanks to all for your honesty and candor.

            I can understand a restaurant having certain conditions for reserving and understand if when you get through there may be no availability, but having a condition such as "call between 3:00 and 5:00 pm on working days" and then not answering the phone "between 3:00 and 5:00 pm on working days" is beyond pretentious. Frenchie, alas we shall never meet. Bonne chance.

            Jadis is staying on the list while the risky investment in a meal at L'Astrance has convinced me to drop the ***. Passage 53 is still hanging on.

            If you can indulge me on recommendations for lunch in tourist-mobbed areas, I have the following list made up:

            Near Tour Eiffel: Les Cocottes, Cafe Constant, Le Casse Noix
            Near Arc de Triomphe: Caius or Zinc Caius
            Near Louvre: Spring, Bistro Victoires, La Regalade SH
            Champs Elysees (Palais end): Le Mini Palais

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            1. re: lax2mia
              mangeur Aug 24, 2011 08:26 PM

              "If you can indulge me on recommendations for lunch in tourist-mobbed areas, I have the following list made up:

              Near Tour Eiffel: Les Cocottes, Cafe Constant, Le Casse Noix
              Near Arc de Triomphe: Caius or Zinc Caius
              Near Louvre: Spring, Bistro Victoires, La Regalade SH
              Champs Elysees (Palais end): Le Mini Palais"

              I have no idea how much you can eat in a day, but assuming you plan to dine at the dinner spots you have proposed, these lunch addresses (with possible exception of Zinc Caius) sound like serious over-feed.

              1. re: mangeur
                lax2mia Aug 25, 2011 07:46 AM

                Evian for lunch it is then!

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