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Oct 9, 2011 03:48 PM

Need help using Michelin Guide online for Paris restaurants


I've seen Souphie suggest using the online Michelin guide to check restaurant prices in Paris. i've been trying to do this, and it is probably my own density that's making it difficult, but I can't find a way to look up the information for a specific restaurant.

I keep coming up with long lists of restaurants in various arrondissements. It is making it very hard to use the guide's information to help me narrow my list for late November.

I've put a copy of the Michelin Red Guide Paris, 2011, in French, in an online shopping cart, but before I make the purchase, I would like to know if there is a more efficient way to use the website. I would rather not spend the money on the book.

I appreciate any help.

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  1. It's quite normal. That website is a mess. I can't use it either. Try the Paris by Mouth restaurant guide, it's the best of its kind by far, though it does not list a lot of places as yet.

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    1. re: Ptipois

      Thanks Ptipois. It's a bit of a relief to know I'm not too stupid to use the website.

      I have been reading just about every word of Paris by Mouth. I'm probably looking for less cutting edge, more traditional and accessible food than some of what is discussed on PbM.

      Do you think I ought to post my list here and ask for feedback? Most of the names I'm collecting, and the dishes I want to eat, aren't really the innovative and progressive or expensive places that get discussed here somewhat frequently.

      I guess you'll answer yes, of course I should. I'm really really looking for comfort food with very little hassle in terms of making reservations. I've been quite ill and can't cope with the thought of difficult reservations. I just want very good food and not too many challenges. I've been quite challenged enough lately.

      1. re: debkurt

        Most places are not difficult reservations. However, reservations are recommended and few, especially the smaller non hotel places, do not have websites for on line reservations, Les Papilles, is a nice exception. Thus a phone call is required. If this is too much of a hassle, figure out what you want and Souphie has a concierge service that can get reservations for just about anywhere as well as advice on where you might want to go.

        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

          Oh dear, I think I made it sound more dire than it is. I'm happy to make reservations, and the apartment service we are using is, too. Which I must say is a pleasant change from the service we have used in the past. In any case, we always go with a list of reserved places.

          I just didn't want to take the time to sort through a list of tough-to-get reservations. As mentioned, I've been ill, and I'm sort of dreaming of an easy but utterly delicious week of dining.

          I think that I really ought to make up the list, along with a list of some of things that I'l like to eat, and post it here. All that held me back was feeling that my tastes at this current moment, weren't up for challenging foods and challenging dining. Life has been sort of challenging enough, if you know what I mean.

          I was going to use the Michelin online site to help me narrow my list, but I'll probably just buy the book. And perhaps use Souphie, too.



          1. re: debkurt

            Congratulations on your recovery. You so deserve a great week of dining and other enjoyment.
            Yes, do give us your short list to review together.
            Paris by Mouth reviews many restaurants that are not necessarily edgy, like chez Casimir and Café des Musées, just two names that pop into my memory.

            And please try to focus on the enjoyment that is ahead of you, instead of any potential complainable issues. Why anticipate the latter? :-)

            1. re: debkurt

              Our friend Deluca gives me an idea. Les Papilles is wonderful comfort food. That should be on your list.
              I am going to scrape my brains in search of more 'comfort food' places in Paris. They are often overlooked.

              Edit: Parigi got it right, as usual. Café des Musées and Chez Casimir are great.

      2. if just looking for prices, why not try one of the french online sites like cityvox or figaroscope or lafourchette? cityvox seems to use a google translator (often hilarious results) but lafourchette has a pretty usable english version and, alleluia, a reservation service... unfortunately, lafourchette is the least comprehensive and will only tell about restaurants that subscribe to its service... figaroscope is probably what most parisiens use for prices, location, reviews but then go directly to the restaurant for reservations... and no english version but all you need to learn are about 10 key words in French to navigate the site ... if the restaurant has a website, it will be linked in both cityvox and figaroscope... btw, some of the newer restaurants are using facebook to take reservations

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        1. re: Parnassien

          Thank you, Parnassien. I will try your suggestions. I can do ten key words even French, even more if I put my mind to it.

          Parigi, I didn't mean to sound so cranky, but sadly, I am. I am loaded with steroids and... well, that's enough of that.

          I really never complain once I'm where I'm going. I love to eat and food is a real weakness for me. I think I'm focusing on what I'm going to eat in Paris a bit too much! I can't wait to try the Gillerdeau oysters you talked about. I love butter and cheese and want to eat a lot of both. I also love chocolate and bread and profiteroles, and foie gras and rich and creamy things.

        2. We had a wonderful dinner at Les Papilles last week ~ tomato gazpacho, lamb shoulder stew, brie with stewed apples and raspberry mouse with crunchy bits of chocolate ~ it doesn't get comfort food than that! And no decisions to make beyond which wine to drink ~ chef serves one menu only each night depending on seasonality.

          We also had a great lunch at Le Baratin in the 20th ~ 3 courses for 18 euros and delicious homey cooking from Argentinean chef Raquel Carera.

          We ended our week at Au Vieux Comptoir, a wine bar in the 1st that never gets mentioned here. We've been 3 times since it was recommended to us by a local about 2 years ago ~ great bistro items like quasi de veau, boeuf bourguinon, andouillette and cote de boeuf for 2. Great atmosphere and nice selections of wines by the glass.

          I hope you have a wonderful time in Paris ~ it's the perfect place to spoil yourself or recover from whatever ails you.