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Jul 11, 2012 11:10 AM

The stars must be aligned just right.....Frenchie

I called Frenchie this morning, phone answered on 1st ring, My requested date (1st week in October) was available. I confirmed it and thanked the pleasant woman who answered the phone - easy peasy!

2 of my 3 nights are now set for dinner (Frenchie & Le Cinq on a Saturday night). Any suggestions for my open night? I was thinking about trying The couple that were behind Hidden Kitchens new place....Verjus?

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  1. Sad to say that I don't recommend Verjus. Lovely people but we found it very over priced for tiny servings of rather precious food. And we might as well have been in New York city the place (including the food) was entirely American. To round out your choices I'd go with a classic French bistro meal somewhere like Josephine Chez Dumonet. But myself, I wouldn't leave Paris without one dinner at the original La Regalade.

      1. re: Parigi

        Yes, a Friday. Moved Le Cinq to a Saturday purely to free up a week night for the multiple of restaurants that are closed on the weekends.

        1. re: Addendum

          plafield's concept of contrasting resto experience is good advice.
          What about Chez l'Ami Jean? Frieday night it gets a bit noisy there, but if you don't come to Paris often, it is nice to have one noisy bistro experience. It's controlled panic plus great food.

          1. re: Parigi

            Chez l'Ami Jean ~ "It's controlled panic plus great food."

            Jego should put this on his website ~ it's the perfect description!


      2. Hmm. I called Frenchie today, and got through looking for a reservation the first week of October. The gentleman who answered said to call back in September for October. Guess I should try again and hope someone else answers?

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        1. re: joeandmaria

          According to my phone's call history, I've called 35 times in the past 2 days to no avail. I can't believe someone answered the phone.

          1. re: YYZjeff

            UGGH. And I got through, and they wouldn't make my reservation. Perhaps it was my poor french. No wonder people get frustrated.

            1. re: joeandmaria

              I also called a month ago and got through once after trying over 100 times and getting nothing but the answering machine. When the lady picked up I asked for a reservation in September and she said to call back in 2 weeks because they had not yet decided when they were going to take their vacation. I wanted to yell at her and say, "You don't get it! I have just hit the lottery by actually speaking to a person. Please take my name down!!" Instead, I said, "Thanks, I will call you back." I did and I never got through again!!!! Thankfully, someone from this board made a reservation for me while eating at Frenchie.

          2. re: joeandmaria

            For a place where you usually have to book months ahead, I find it rather strange that they wouldn't make a reservation for early October. And not very kind of them.
            The more I hear about Frenchie, the less I want to go there. And I live in Paris.

          3. I called Frenchie's this morning exactly 50 times between 7 and 7:45am Pacific Time. When a man answered I was almost speechless. But he very cordially suffered my rusty French and took my res for late October. We have also booked tables at Agape Substance, Spring, Sola, Kei and Le 122. Last fall we had a great dinner at Septime (I still haven't forgotten the scallops with yuzu) and lunch at Yam T'cha and may try to go back to both for dinner. We're also thinking of Alain-Milliat in the 7th and Le Sens Unique in the 18th. You guys have all guided me through our annual visits, so this time I promise to post some feedback!

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            1. re: carolev

              With all due respect, we did not find Sens Uniques special or, on the night of our meal, even acceptable. We found the food uninspired and poorly cooked. We would never consider returning, but I know that it is a favorite of some.

              1. re: mangeur

                Me, for one. But I wouldn't compare it to say Spring or Ze or Regalade St H or Saturne or MBC..

                1. re: John Talbott

                  Thanks for the feedback mangeur and John. I may give one of the others a try. Ze is already on the list since we're staying in the 6th. We were leaning toward Sens Unique because it filled a Sunday lunch slot. But I will check other options. Thx! Update: I just booked Saturne for the night we were planning on returning to Septime. Have never been to Saturne and am looking forward to trying something new. And I'm thinking now of Sunday lunch at Cafe Constant which we always love.

                  1. re: carolev

                    Oh oh oh, try Atao or Semilla, our two Sundays favorites now.

                    1. re: John Talbott

                      I'll look into those John, thank you. I read your review of Semilla (and one on Yelp by "Randy D"!!!) Since it's so close to where we usually stay, I hope to check it out for lunch. As far as Atao, I guess it depends on whether we'll be in a seafood frame of mind.

                    2. re: carolev

                      I had a fabulous dinner at Saturne last night. I'm also a fan of Septime and Agape Substance, as well as Passage 53. Tonight we dine at Sola.

                      1. re: Nancy S.

                        Saturne is definitel shortlist-worthy.

                        1. re: Nancy S.

                          I'm glad I booked Saturne then, even though a return to Septime may have to wait. Would love to hear how Sola was. And maybe I should try to get into Passage 53, which I've been meaning to try the last few years... There aren't many openings left on the calendar.