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Jan 7, 2012 12:00 PM

Josephine Chez Dumonet Prices

I've read a number of posts/threads about JCD, some positive, some not so. But it still sounds like the kind of place we'd like to experience. However, these same posts/reviews have varied widely in their descriptions of the cost of dinner - from 145 to 300 euros.

I realize that wine can greatly affect the cost of a meal anywhere, but what is the typical or cost of a dinner for two, with moderately priced wine, at JCD? (I can't seem to find a menu online.)

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  1. We were there in October and managed to get out of there for about 50 euros p.p. (my memory is a bit fuzzy on this to be honest but it wasn't much more than that). But we went inexpensive on the wine and did some sharing. Four of us shared two starters, two of us split the beef bourguignon (the other two each had an order of duck confit), and we all shared one souffle. You have to understand that this came near the end of a fairly food-intensive trip so we were happy to go light on this dinner. The only thing I regret is that we didn't order two of the souffles for the four of us. The table next to us had one and it looked enormous but the fact is it's so light (and delicious) that we polished it off in about 2 minutes. If this dinner had been earlier in our trip, we might have ordered a little heartier - but still could easily have stayed under 100 p.p. depending on the wine. Loved the dinner and the vibe, by the way. It was wonderfully old fashioned.

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    1. re: Nyleve

      Thanks for the info, do you know maybe if the menu changes for lunch, less options or some lunch fixed options or so ? Also interesting, are most of the menu plat items can be order as "semi" ? And if we are already at it, i wonter if it is possible to do a sort of a take out from the more "traditional" places..

      1. re: oferl

        No idea about lunch - I'm sure someone else will know. The bourguignon, which was murderously good, could be ordered as a half-order or they will split a full portion between two people. I'm sure they'd do that with any of their mains that could possibly be split - they were very accommodating with us. I can't remember what else on the menu came as a half portion - their full portions are VERY generous.

        1. re: oferl

          They do have two sizes for many of their dishes (but not all) however you can always share any dish. Take out from most places isn't common - you may be lucky - but my guess is that few places have the packaging. The most common way to do "take-out" is to buy from a cold pre-prepared dish from a shop and reheat at home there are lots of these types of places from the upmarket Fauchon and Lenotre to the corner shops with a variety of Asian foods.

      2. Here is the pricing for my last meal there. Assuming for two people as that was my visit. Entree, the cold foie gras split for two @ 40 euros, with it a bottle off their extensive and very well priced sauterne/barsac wine list at 70 euros for a bottle from mid seventies, if you are lucky a well priced 1/2 bottle would help. Mains were gigot of lamb and the boeuf bourguignon at @ 60 euros for the two dishes. a souffle at 15, water and coffee at 20 , inexpensive red wine @ 30 thus soup to nut, 135 euros for food, and a lot of food it was, but a good opportunity to try many of their signature items, the souffle, foie gras and bourguignon should not be missed, and @ 100 for wine. Yes you could skip the sweet with the foie, but damn that is why you are there so do not miss the sauterne with the foie. They may very well have wine by the glass, but do not remember any older ones with that option.

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        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

          Yum! Sounds like a must do in April. I spent the same on a mediocre lunch for one at Le Cinq on my last trip.

          1. re: jock

            If l had to pick one or the other it would be Le Cinq over Dumonet, that's what makes it a ballgame.

            1. re: Jeffo405


              I look forward to your post trip report. I'm one of the lonely chowhounders who was very, very unhappy with Chez Dumonet after my 2011 visit there (terrible table location squeezed between the toilet and the open door kitchen; terrible wine list; slipshod service). Hopefully, you will have a better experience.

              I also went to Le Cinq for lunch on the same trip. Any comment seriously comparing the two is beyond comprehension for me. Our lunch at Le Cinq was off the chart in terms of food quality and service. And, the price for lunch was a value compared to its Michelin competitors. Chez Dumonet can be fun if you avoid the service gaffs. But, it cannot but be put in the same category as Le Cinq.

              Hope you report back!

              1. re: cortez

                Hi cortez - They sound like completely different places. I enjoyed our dinner at Guy Savoy some years back, but I want more traditional (some would say boring) food this time. Cassoulet, duck confit, etc. Though I'm not opposed to trying someplace more "contemporary" as long as its prices are no more than JCD.

                1. re: Jeffo405


                  Our favorite more "contemporary" place, by far, was Spring. The set menu dinner was about 75 Euros per person before wine. Savings could be had at lunch and at its wine bar tastings. Enjoyed the restored 3 story space and meeting the chef/owner Daniel Rose and his staff. Originally from Chicago, Daniel has been cooking in Paris for 10 years and consistently brings a fresh but in no way gimmicky approach to top, pristine ingredients. His minimalist open kitchen is just steps from the top floor tables. Clean, fresh and inventive.

                  Have a great trip.

                  1. re: cortez

                    Although I didn't make it to Josephine on our last visit to Paris, we have gone before and have sat next to the bathroom ( with the chef coming out to talk with us and check on our meal) and have sat in the bar room ( with GĂ©rard Depardieu at the next table). What did I learn from the first visit? When making reservations ask to be seated in the bar room or the first room. And hope that works!.
                    The foie is wonderful to share, the boeuf bourguignon half order is plenty for most, the crispy skinned duck confit on top of those great potatoes are a treat. I personally didn't like the souffle, but that is me and I guess one should order it once. From looking at what others were eating there is much more on the menu that I would try. The setting is lovely, yes the wine list is daunting, but I think it is worth it. And they do have wine by the glass.
                    Don't forget to report if you go. We all want to know the outcome.

                  2. re: Jeffo405

                    For me, the best thing about Chez Dumonet is how consistent the food, both menu and the cooking is. We go there about once a month, and while the service can be somewhat hectic and the seating cramped, we are always happy with the meal.

                    The duck confit and boeuf bourguignon are best in class after eating through lots of both dishes, and we always return with friends whenever we have visitors in the mood for french classics. As for the pricing, it really isn't much more than a run of the mill restaurant considering the portion sizes and their share-ability. If you, like me am not a big eater, a half portion of boeuf bourguignon or a half portion of the powdering foie de veau is all i need for mains after a demi portion of foie gras or the terrine, leaving comfortable space to share either the souffle or the Paris Toulouse. If you're getting the big plates like cassoulet and the canette, then you'd definitely want to share apps and desserts. We're not big drinkers, nor do we know a lot about wine, so we've typically gone for bottles under 50E or glasses of the house Julienas with is 10E a glass.

                    and yes, comparing Le Cinq to Josephine is like comparing apples to oranges. I hardly have room to hang my purse behind the chair at Josephine whereas my bag has its own stool at Le Cinq =)

                    1. re: xigua

                      Dining at Le Cinq was the most memorable meal to date. But Josephine's is the place that we'll keep going back to. We just loved the food and the fun of the place. I hope you go and have a wonderful time.

            2. I have been to JCD four times in the last 3 years -- 3 lunches and 1 dinner. Lunch has run about 50 euros and dinner about 80 euros per person. Of course, the bill depends on your wine choices. (We went inexpensive on the wine.) The first time I had lunch there it was so great, I went back for a second lunch in the same week. I saw so many delicious looking plates coming out of the kitchen, I really wanted more! It is true, the beouf bourguignon is amazing. Glad I ordered the half portion as it was quite enough. I have also had the pigeon mille feuille, also amazing. Duck confit, yes, amazing. And the cassoulet was great, too.
              I have always had outstanding service with a lot of attention from the Chef. I am going to Paris again in March, 2012 and will be going to JCD again! I love their food, their service and I think they offer a great dining experience! And when you leave, if in the day time, stop at Pollaine up the street for some of the best bread in the world!

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              1. re: Minette99

                My experience has been very similar to yours. A gret advantage of going for lunch is that the restaurant is usually much less crowded and the service less hectic.

                1. re: rswatkins

                  I have to disagree about the lunch crowd... All 3 of my past lunches, the dining room was full and people kept stopping by to se if they could get a table. Which they could not :)
                  I wouldn't say that the service was hectic... I like to call it quirky but for me it was quirky in a good way. No bad experiences and actually a bit entertaining...!

                  1. re: rswatkins

                    My BF and I have eaten at JCD twice; the first time based on all the reco's here on Chowhound ( he is a native Parisienne, but hasn't lived there since college..), and it was a new spot for him when we first dined there in 2010. He did pronounce it 'a classic', tho out of the way' for a traditiannelle Parisienne..." Whatever, it depends on the Arond. you call home, and your habits of rhoming far and wide, which his - traditionally, did not. Lovely parents, very close to their roots in the 8th, and JF is too...

                    Well anyhoo, we had a most lovely dinner there our first time out, only my second night in Paris since a teenager myself. Delightful. I think we had first-rate seating, in the window looking out to the sidewalk.

                    The waiter brought an aperitif on the house (or, whatever, rolled into the prices.. we didn't care. It ends up the same thing!). Than amuse bouche of a lovely mushroom pate and a tiny salad of bitter greens on the side...
                    Then, of course, JF and the waiter speak French I cannot fathom, tho my 'kitchen french" is very good. After a discussion between he and the waiter, and ourselves about ordering, we get it done.

                    A very nice white by the glass for 'entrees, comes to the table - JF's pick with the waiter, to accompany for me, a terrine of marinated eels, sardines, and white fish with vegetables in 'marinade' of vineagar and wine. Delicious! Take as much as I like, but don't need too much, so perfect.
                    JF gets a slice of Foie with a salad to start.

                    He has traditional Confit for his plat, and I have a shortrib stew type concoction with truffle and local mushrooms. Delightful.
                    We have gone back,and will. I do covet the window seat we have had twice, and will always hope that is our 'memory seat'... so far, the staff has remembered us (crazy great!), and places us in the same seats both times. Great memories, looking out to the street, and those dining there as the light wans over Paris.

                2. I finally had the opportunity to dine at Chez Dumonet last month. I can't talk about what it cost, because in the end, I didn't pay for my share of the dinner. What I can tell you is that it was an absolutely fabulous dinner. Great food, excellent wine, exceedingly good service, overall. a spectacular evening. One I would LOVE to repeat.

                  1. ate at Chez Josephine twice in the least two weeks. Some prices i recall are: boeuf bourguignon full 29e, demi 18e, cote de boeuf demi 39e (an enormous amount of meat with divine bernaise sauce), duck confit 29e, haricot vert side 7e. unless you ordered from the truffle side of the menu or the cote de boeur, the entrees were between 14-25e and the plats 20-30e.