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La Bigarrade booked, looking for suggestions on alternatives

runner_runner Sep 6, 2011 11:57 AM

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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    rrems Oct 8, 2011 08:58 AM

    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
      mangeur Oct 8, 2011 12:12 PM

      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
        zizouz Oct 12, 2011 07:21 AM

        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.

    2. ChefJune Sep 8, 2011 08:48 AM

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

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        tatuaje68 Sep 6, 2011 03:48 PM

        Does Passage 53 have an a la carte menu?

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          Nancy S. Sep 6, 2011 04:58 PM

          Passage 53 has only one prix fixe menu.

          1. re: Nancy S.
            runner_runner Sep 6, 2011 10:08 PM

            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
              Nancy S. Sep 7, 2011 06:26 AM

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

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          Nancy S. Sep 6, 2011 03:00 PM

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

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