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Mavrommatis or Greek food in Paris

Rio Yeti Sep 1, 2011 01:56 AM

Ok I just finished reading "The man who ate everything" by Steingarten, and now I want to find the best Greek restaurant I can in Paris (I'm influenceable that way...).
So after a few searches I found that Mavrommatis seems to be the best choice around (although there isn't much about it on Chowhound). However, even on their official website, it is not that clear to me what the difference is between Mavrommatis le restaurant, Les Délices d'Aphrodite and Le Bistrot Mavrommatis. The first one seems to be a little more high dining, but what is the difference between the two bistrots ?

And what really interests me to know, is which one should I go to (if any) ?

Thanks for your input!

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  1. Parigi RE: Rio Yeti Sep 1, 2011 02:05 AM

    Can't help you but "The man who ate everything" is one of my favorite food books.

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      Rio Yeti RE: Parigi Sep 1, 2011 02:51 AM

      Hehe yeah I enjoyed the book as well. I thought the whole part about health was bit too long, and tried a bit too hard to prove that butter and cream are great for you and vegetables and salads not as good as they sound... but overall it was a really fun read with some great insights !

      But now I want to eat good greek food ! ;)

      1. re: Rio Yeti
        Parigi RE: Rio Yeti Sep 1, 2011 07:58 AM

        Good luck. I have not found good Greek food in Paris (or in Greece for that matter).
        When it comes to food, I am totally pro-Turkey (the country), and Paris has very good Turkish eats around rue Fbg St Denis and rue des Petites Ecuries.

        1. re: Parigi
          Ptipois RE: Parigi Sep 1, 2011 02:01 PM

          Greek food is one of my absolute favorites. It is pure, humble and entirely dependent on the pleasure principle. It is also one of the cuisines I cook at home when I am in need of comfort food. Amazing wines, too.

          I do not recommend Mavrommatis which is actually Cypriot Greek and a bit too gentrified for my taste. Mavrommatis is the "chic" restaurant (nothing to write home about), Aux Délices d'Aphrodite is the bistrot (good pikilia but some dishes like the lahanodolmades are plain terrible), Bistrot Mavrommatis I've never been to. I would suggest avoiding the caterer as well (rue Censier), it used to be very good in the early days, now it is rather terrible.

          L'Olivier at 15 boulevard du Temple is run by a young Greek chef who perhaps takes things a bit too far in the "contemporary" direction, but the tastes are right, so are the textures, and the prices are fair. The house retsina is biodynamic and just wonderful. Platefuls are a little small though, which is always a pity when the food tastes great.

          1. re: Ptipois
            Rio Yeti RE: Ptipois Sep 2, 2011 03:32 AM

            Thanks for this comment !

            Your couscous rec (Chez Hamadi) didn't disappoint, so I'm trusting you on this one as well ! Will let you know what I think.

            1. re: Rio Yeti
              Ptipois RE: Rio Yeti Sep 2, 2011 06:47 AM

              Sooooo glad you liked Hamadi! My favorite restaurant couscous (with Gepetto's on rue Daubenton).

          2. re: Parigi
            Busk RE: Parigi Sep 4, 2011 08:39 AM

            The best food in Greece is in Thessaloniki, probably due to its diverse ethnic history...

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