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Need help narrowing my Paris list down

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dafisk Aug 26, 2012 06:55 AM

I will be in Paris for a few days and here is a list of places that looked good to me. Does anyone have thoughts on which ones you would drop from the list and why? Also, if you have an opinion on what is better for dinner vs. lunch. I am not wedded to them, so if I am missing and "must try" places, please chine in.

Le Comptoir
L’Office
Le Pantruche
Septime
Chez l'Ami Jean
Spring
La Régalade St-Honoré
Vivant

Many thanks!

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  1. John Talbott RE: dafisk Aug 26, 2012 08:03 AM

    Great list; only comment I have is that I haven't tried the new chef at L'Office since Kevin left in July nor tried the new chef at Vivant who just arrived nor the new "menu/concept" at l'Ami Jean. I'd avoid Comptoir du Relais at lunch because it's less adventuresome and prefer Spring at lunch because one gets plenty to eat at a much more reasonable cost than dinner. Otherwise, eat on.

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      Parigi RE: John Talbott Aug 26, 2012 08:08 AM

      For me, Pantruche, and La Régalade St Honoré are not the same league as the others. L'Office is sort of like Pantruche and both are somewhat better than La Régalade.
      Le Comptoir is a Lebanese snacky place in Les Halles.
      Do you mean Le Comptoir du Relais? If so, please specify. One hound has already gone to the wrong one and reported that Le Comptoir was crap.
      Don't forget to report back.

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        dafisk RE: Parigi Aug 26, 2012 09:50 AM

        Thanks for the insight. Yes, I did mean Le Comptoir du Relais. I was planning on doing that for lunch as I was told dinner reservations are impossible to get. I am wrong with that assumption? I will be there in mid-October.

        Lastly, do you have any recommendations for pâtisseries or breakfast places? I will be staying in the first arrondissement, but will around a lot of the city during my visit.

        Thanks!

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          John Talbott RE: dafisk Aug 26, 2012 01:01 PM

          The trouble with lunch is that its charcuterie rather than his innovativ stuff. Why not telephone asap.
          Laduree?

    2. John Talbott RE: dafisk Aug 30, 2012 09:28 AM

      "I haven't tried the new chef at L'Office"
      Well today I did and I'd say that much as I loved Scheidt and O'Donnell this new Yamagi guy sets the bar quite high.

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        dafisk RE: John Talbott Aug 30, 2012 09:56 AM

        Thanks John - I saw your blog post and from the pics, the food looks really solid.

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          John Talbott RE: dafisk Aug 30, 2012 10:36 AM

          Reminds me of Ze, Moustache, Au Passage & Hedoniste, don't ask me why; good products, inventive combinations, locavore, and realllllllllly nice folks.

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