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What's the deal with Frenchie?

Jeffo405 Jan 13, 2012 07:05 PM

I've been seeing a lot of chatter about Frenchie so I went to their website. OK, simple, two entrees, two plats, two desserts. Since we're headed to Paris, I thought we might try it out - only to discover it's booked for the next month or so.

So my question - what makes it so popular? I can always check for cancellations while we're there, but just wondering why there's so much demand.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. PhilD RE: Jeffo405 Jan 13, 2012 09:19 PM

    It serves really good food at a really good price. It isn't traditional French so good if you are a local, and it has been lauded by many publications so the publicity has generated too much popularity - which i suspect becomes self sustaining. It is also tiny so few tables. Much discussed on the board - worth serching the other comments.

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      jarona RE: Jeffo405 Jan 19, 2012 10:28 AM

      I'll tell you, the food at Frenchie is great!!! (see my extended review on Tripadvisor). We went there last year and cannot wait to go back in a few months. There is a wine bar across the street from the restaurant...you can check that out too. The dinner there was one of the best I've ever had.

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        macdog RE: jarona Jan 19, 2012 01:14 PM

        We are going to Paris in May. Do you think I should call now to reserve? We will be going back to Les Papilles and Dans Les Landes also sounds sounds interesting for lots of different tastes. We had lunch at Rino last Fall-is Frenchie's similar?

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          Parigi RE: macdog Jan 19, 2012 01:27 PM

          "We had lunch at Rino last Fall-is Frenchie's similar?"

          They are both modern and light.

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            macdog RE: Parigi Jan 19, 2012 01:55 PM

            Thanks, Parigi. We will have our two strapping sons (6'6" and 6'2") with us this trip so maybe should take them to Chez L'Ami Jean for big quantities. Chez Casimir also sounds interesting. We will probably go to Cafe Des Musees our first night in town. Are they similar?

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              Parigi RE: macdog Jan 20, 2012 02:57 AM

              I never come out of Frenchie hungry. In fact it is always a deeply satisfying experience. But it is not a gut-busting kind of place.
              Chez Casimir is very good and relatively easy to reserve.
              Café des Musées has regular bistro food, not particularly modern.

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            jarona RE: macdog Jan 20, 2012 09:27 AM

            I would call now and see if they take resos that far in advance. I'll tell you, my hubs has to go home to Paris next week to attend to some family business and will be stopping by Frenchie to see if he can make resos for June. Never too early, my dear, never too early.

        2. Parnassien RE: Jeffo405 Jan 19, 2012 11:29 PM

          Frenchie is great value. But so over-hyped that it has somehow attained "unmissable" status, especially for North American visitors And it's not like Frenchie's is the only good restaurant in town. The very excellent Caïus on the rue d'Armaillé in the 17th, Le Baratin on the rue Jouye-Rouve in the 20th, Au Passage on the passage Saint-Sébastien in the 11th, Café Cartouche on the rue de Bercy in the 12th, Lilane on the rue Gracieuse in the 5th, and the newish Métropolitain on the rue de Jouy in the 4th are just a some of the many, many alternatives where you get equally good and sometimes better grub at great prices.

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            Rio Yeti RE: Parnassien Jan 20, 2012 02:50 AM

            I've never been to Frenchie, but from what I heard it is more on par with Rino, Septime, Saturne, Spring, La Table d'Eugène, Gaigne etc...

            Le Baratin is great but very different, more traditional bistro food extremely well done. And Café Cartouche was pretty disappointing to me, maybe I was on an off-day, but the food was simply ok, not better than in most bistros you would just pop in without knowing anything about. The meats weren't greatly cooked, and the dishes were all around pretty forgettable.

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              mangeur RE: Rio Yeti Jan 20, 2012 05:58 AM

              I can't put Frenchie on a par with any of those you list. Our first visit. which was shortly after it opened, was very good. We gave it three more tries but it went downhill for us. Or maybe the places you mention just pleased us much, much more.

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                Parnassien RE: Rio Yeti Jan 20, 2012 12:38 PM

                (Running to the defence of Café Cartouche) In my 6 or 7 times at Café Cartouche in Bercy, I've never had a moment of disappointment in the food, atmosphere, or service. And the lovely prices make the enjoyment even more gleeful. I wonder if you are confusing it with the admittedly inconsistent (but still usually good) Le Repaire de Cartouche on the boulevard Filles du Calvaire.

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                  Rio Yeti RE: Parnassien Jan 21, 2012 04:36 PM

                  No I'm not confusing it, I have a friend who lives on the same street, and we went there being four in total. We all had the same impression that the food was just not as good as it could have been. My pork was overcooked, and the sauce "à la diable" was really not spicy, not well seasoned, a bit on the mellow side for a supposedly devilish sauce. The chickens were really dry, and the two people ordering them had to ask for more sauce on the side to juice them up a bit to be able to finish them.
                  The people I went with are not particularly knowledgeable about food but they weren't impressed either.
                  I trust your opinion, so I'm guessing we were there on a bad day

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                    Busk RE: Parnassien Jan 21, 2012 06:41 PM

                    I had a very good experience at Repaire de Cartouche on Rues Amelot/FdC a couple weeks ago. I did the Lieve a la Royale, but the veal chop was excellent also.

                2. re: Parnassien
                  macdog RE: Parnassien Jan 20, 2012 09:18 AM

                  Au Passage and Metropolitain are on my list for this May and both walkable from our apartment in the Marais.

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