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Sep 6, 2011 11:57 AM

La Bigarrade booked, looking for suggestions on alternatives

Online reviews got me interested in the place but a bit too late. One month in advance is insufficient!

What I liked from the reviews is their seafood with a modern twist. So I'm looking for similar kind of food at a similar price point.

Thanks in advance

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  1. Passage 53. This is one of my favorites in Paris and the fish preparations, especially, are sublime.

    1. Does Passage 53 have an a la carte menu?

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      1. re: tatuaje68

        Passage 53 has only one prix fixe menu.

        1. re: Nancy S.

          P53 was high on my list but the lack of a la carte is a problem since my wife has some dietary issues. Maybe I can sneak over there for lunch while she is shopping.

          I was thinking Les Fables might be a good choice.

          1. re: runner_runner

            Les Fables de la Fontaine is fine, but it is fairly ordinary in terms of technique and style.

      2. We LOVE La Cagouille, but I'm not sure how "modern twist" it is.

        1. You didn't miss a thing. We were unfortunate enough to dine at La Bigarrade last night and spend 4 hours eating 20 bites of food, some decent, some awful, a total waste of time and money, and we left still starving. I will be posting a fuller report in a few days.

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          1. re: rrems

            I'll be looking forward to your expanded report, rrems. Your post reminds us once again why one needs to thoughtfully vet the cooking, presentation and service styles of a restaurant before committing. "Hard to book" or even a Michelin star or so is not enough reason to cash a dining slot.

            1. re: mangeur

              I thought Bigarrade was quite good, with a couple of courses being outstanding. The Zimbeck review struck me as ridiculous, given the quantity of food served. That said, I didn't feel the need to rush back.