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Unique and Amazing in Paris

phelana Sep 23, 2012 02:51 PM

Our friend has invited my daughter to choose a special place for dinner Tue. evening. It must be chic, French fabulous and not over the top in price. Also, accessible for dining at this short notice.

It would also be great if it was easy access /not too many stops from my daughter's metro stop Malakoff Chantillion Montrouge/13 line.

  1. phelana Sep 25, 2012 01:53 PM

    From my Chowish Daughter "mrwynter"

    Reed was amazing. We were the only table. The chef and sous chef prepared our meal near our table. It was fantastic. The flavours were great. I had the butternut bisque with a dollop of creme fraiche. I am not a fan of butternut but LOVED the soup.. Larry had the foie grois which he loved. I did not try it as I don't like duck liver. My entree was the chicken with morrels and mashed potatoes. Totally delicious. I think it was 22e. Larry had risotto with smoked salmon. I tried it and loved it. We shared a bottle of Bordeaux from Medoc. It was 65e. The restaurant is close to the Metro next to the American University. I highly recommend Reed.

    12 Replies
    1. re: phelana
      plafield Sep 26, 2012 11:57 AM

      I keep reading great recs for Reed but yet it doesn't seem to be catching on. Only one table filled on a Tuesday night?! We had a reservation there on our last trip and cancelled it to try Auxuria right in our neighborhood and that's a choice I've regretted. Auxuria was fine but not fab and I have read nothing but fab about Reed. C'mon Parisians! Go try it and keep reporting so if it truly is a little gem it can stay open!

      1. re: plafield
        Laidback Sep 26, 2012 12:16 PM

        I have eaten 3 times at Reed since it opened, the last just a week ago and have also taken her cooking course. I like it, but would stop a little short of describing it as "fab". To me it is a good neighborhood restaurant run by a conscientious woman, a "one man band" so to speak, who is rightfully proud of the plates she turns out. She does everything from scratch including about 3 desserts every day. For those of you who remember Ginette Boyer at the Petit Tonneau, think of Reed as a younger version. Don't come here expecting Chez l'Ami Jean or "foams and ferns" type culinary fireworks, just good honest home cooking.

        1. re: Laidback
          mangeur Sep 26, 2012 12:51 PM

          Channeling Ginette Boyer is no small acomplishment . I remember a room with soul filled with regulars, with Ginny happily cooking away while sharing tidbits of what she was tasting with an anticipatory cat at her feet.

          1. re: Laidback
            moto Sep 26, 2012 01:55 PM

            'honest home cooking' is exactly why Reed was put into the mix of the places we're trying on our first ever Paris visit. reservation was easy too via e-mail.

          2. re: plafield
            Parigi Sep 26, 2012 12:48 PM

            "C'mon Parisians! Go try it"

            Why didn't you? Why did yo cancel? Why shoudl we, instead of you, try it? :-)

            1. re: plafield
              Parnassien Sep 26, 2012 02:32 PM

              It is, as others describe, a good restaurant du quartier. Well designed room. Great home cooking but not spectacular. And from my limited experience, more "discovered" by tourists than locals. The food at my two meals there was wonderful value but the enjoyment was somewhat tarnished by intrusive (Anglo-Saxon) diners at neighbouring tables (One with a bratty kid and another who insisted on telling us in great detail about Tex-Mex restaurants in Austin, Texas). On the whole, I actually prefer Axuria to Reed.

              1. re: Parnassien
                John Talbott Sep 27, 2012 01:02 PM

                "Only one table filled on a Tuesday night?! "
                "Great home cooking but not spectacular."
                "C'mon Parisians! Go try it"

                "Nation," as Colbert would say, it is what it is. My Judgement of Paris was of a 5.7/10 "Thoroughly delightful; an overlooked treasure."

                1. re: Parnassien
                  plafield Sep 27, 2012 01:04 PM

                  Parigi, as I said we cancelled our reservation at Reed in order to explore a few places right in our neighborhood that were recommended here on CH as good neighborhood places (Auxuria.) If I lived there and didn't have to choose a limited number of places, I would have done both. That's why I'm asking the folks who live there to try it and report. If it really is a little gem vs just a decent place not worth crossing town for, then us poor travelers who have to weed through all he possibilities and who trust the input of you local Hounders would have a better idea what's worth spending a dinner on! Having chosen Auxuria over Reed, it's somewhat gratifying to know Parnassien prefers Auxuria but the more input the better.

                  1. re: plafield
                    Parigi Sep 27, 2012 01:06 PM

                    travelers or locals, we're all sharing our experience.
                    Dining out is an enjoyment, not a duty.

                    1. re: Parigi
                      plafield Sep 29, 2012 08:32 AM

                      Didn't mean to imply it was a duty, just a request, especially since the few reviews out there seem to be quite good so I didn't think it would be a hardship. but now that 2 palates that I respect both say they prefer Auxuria I have more realistic idea of what I might expect from Reed and it seems it's a great choice if your in the neighborhood but probably not worth crossing town for. At least that's how we felt about Auxuria so I expect Reed would be in the same category.

                    2. re: plafield
                      John Talbott Sep 27, 2012 01:24 PM

                      I'm a citizen of the world so I'll say Auxuria trumps Reed.

                    3. re: Parnassien
                      mangeur Sep 27, 2012 01:35 PM

                      "the enjoyment was somewhat tarnished by intrusive (Anglo-Saxon) diners at neighbouring tables'

                      Nailed the hesitation factor.

                2. Parnassien Sep 23, 2012 03:43 PM

                  not unique and amazing but good enough for a trek from Châtillon-Montrouge: Cobéa on the rue Raymond Losserand in the 14th/ just a few minutes from line 13 stations Pernety and Gaité

                  or for the fun/ oh-so-parisien vibe rather than food factor, La Coupole or Closerie des Lilas (the Closerie's restaurant and, especially, Piano Bar are very chic, brasserie less so) ... both on the boulevard Montparnasse ... line 13 to Montparnasse-Bienvenüe and then walk or change to line 4 to Vavin

                  The very highly regarded La Régalade on the rue Jean Moulin in the 14th is also in easy reach ... métro to Porte de Vanves and then tram (direction Porte d'Ivry) to Jean Moulin

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                  1. re: Parnassien
                    Parigi Sep 23, 2012 03:54 PM

                    "La Régalade on the rue Jean Moulin in the 14th"
                    It is hard to find "unique and amazing" given all the conditions specified.
                    La Régalade comes close, although I would only describe it as highly pleasurable. Best of luck with the reservation.

                    1. re: Parigi
                      phelana Sep 23, 2012 04:47 PM

                      She lives in Vanves so is on line 13...not in Chatillon-Montrouge..sorry for my error ..will forward details..much appreciation...

                      1. re: phelana
                        John Talbott Sep 23, 2012 05:55 PM

                        Please give us specifics, and what exactly is/are the definitions of unique and amazing?
                        That's really asking a lot for a not over the top dinner. Price range please, with and/or without liquids?

                        1. re: John Talbott
                          mangeur Sep 23, 2012 06:37 PM

                          And fast. Tuesday is just around the corner and many restaurants are closed on Mondays.

                          1. re: mangeur
                            John Talbott Sep 23, 2012 06:50 PM

                            Oh, Monday, big problem, sorriest to mangeur and others but Ze Kitchen Galerie is the best for Monday, unique, amazing and not over the top and accessible in 24 minutes rat trap itineraries says.

                            1. re: John Talbott
                              PhilD Sep 23, 2012 07:23 PM

                              But unless its change 0 out of 10 on tha"chic" stakes which I suspect I the key criteria. Nor is it veryFrench...! It would be good to know from the OP whatare the essentials I suspect food may not be #1

                              1. re: John Talbott
                                mangeur Sep 23, 2012 07:26 PM

                                Invitation is for Tuesday. My concern was for their being able to contact a restaurant to book.

                                1. re: mangeur
                                  Parigi Sep 23, 2012 11:37 PM

                                  Not only does the OP want a unique amazing place, and most places are closed today, which means the earliest time to reserve is on the same day as the dinner, but the OP also wants "easy access /not too many stops from my daughter's metro stop Malakoff Chantillion Montrouge/13 line.".
                                  I think the unique-amazing boat has largely sailed. Grand Pan may be another very nice and even nearlytunique and amazing consolation prize.

                                  1. re: Parigi
                                    moto Sep 23, 2012 11:53 PM

                                    please explicate a bit more re. le Grand Pan, Mme. Parigi ; our initial two days in Paris will be in the 15th e. a few blocks distant from it, and it's on my short list (with l'Epicuriste) for our first Paris dinner. will the meal be too big and heavy after a long flight and short siesta ? merci beaucoup.

                                    1. re: moto
                                      Parigi Sep 23, 2012 11:55 PM

                                      A very good meat & potato place, a genre which has become somewhat of an exotic rarity in Paris.
                                      Here is what fxellow hounds have said re Le Grand Pan:

                                      1. re: Parigi
                                        moto Sep 24, 2012 03:56 AM

                                        thank you, Parigi and Cheesemonger. understood the meat & potato reputation, and eating fresh, quality ingredients simply prepared is mostly how I cook for mi querida esposa. it might be a gentler introduction to French food, not to face rich sauces and elaborate preparation, on our first ever night in France.

                                      2. re: moto
                                        Delucacheesemonger Sep 24, 2012 01:39 AM

                                        Le Grand Pan is located 1 km from Pt des Vanves and looks like a neighborhood bar from the 60's. It is neither young or chic but they do have great cotes de porc, veau, and boeuf. Also serve 15-20 wines from barrel. l love the place and have since it opened. They are open Monday, thus you can call to reserve.

                                        1. re: Delucacheesemonger
                                          phelana Sep 24, 2012 03:38 AM

                                          Let me re phrase:

                                          Our very Chowish NYC family friend invited my Chowhound 20 year old to dinner tomorrow night. He asked her to choose as he is busy at work. My daughter resides in Vanves off the 13 line and doesn't like to transfer too many times and would need to leave Paris to go back around 10 as she has a 2k dark walk to her home. (ya, working on the taxi from her metro stop but she's only been in Paris a week). She would like something chic, wonderful, French and perhaps no more than 150.00 USD for two for an entree and wine and maybe a shared dessert? They drink wine. Casual chic fun and tasty food..simple not stuffy..does that help? Thanks...

                                          Since the issue of concern is the ability to make a res, perhaps a place that we can call Tue. AM and get in easily?


                                          1. re: phelana
                                            John Talbott Sep 24, 2012 04:53 AM

                                            I've decided that chic, unique, amazing, 150$ and on the #13 are mutually exclusive; so how about:
                                            Cerisaie, Edgar-Quintet (on the 13, semiunique, moderately amazing, retrochic, price not bad) 20 covers so books early or
                                            L'Assiette, Rue du Château (near to the 13, somewhat-unique, sometimes- amazing, chic, price more) and probably easier to get a rez Tuesday AM.

                                            1. re: phelana
                                              Parigi Sep 24, 2012 07:23 AM

                                              "Since the issue of concern is the ability to make a res, perhaps a place that we can call Tue. AM and get in easily?"

                                              There is no place you can get in easily at this late time.
                                              If I were you or your daughter, I would try to streamline instead of multiplying all the conditions and call all the suggested restaurants - of which there are quite a few now - and take what is available. Do you have objections to those restaurants suggested, and can you share your objections?
                                              Best of luck.

                                              1. re: Parigi
                                                phelana Sep 24, 2012 12:43 PM

                                                no objections..much appreciation..so, here I am learning reservations are essential and booking days in advance is recommended..thanks all

                                                1. re: phelana
                                                  John Talbott Sep 24, 2012 01:23 PM

                                                  Well, the exception to the rule of "reservations are essential and booking days in advance is recommended" is places that have just opened such as Antoine Herrah's and Akrame Benallal's new places but most people wait, like English kings, to see if the first-tasters live or die.

                                                  1. re: John Talbott
                                                    phelana Sep 24, 2012 01:57 PM

                                                    She decided to book Reed. Fingers crossed...read some nice reviews on CH

                                                    Wish CH had a "like" button..thanks all..she is considering a few other recs here when she has the luxury of time in making a res...

                                                    1. re: phelana
                                                      John Talbott Sep 24, 2012 04:33 PM

                                                      Good choice.

                        2. mangeur Sep 23, 2012 03:23 PM

                          Neva Cuisine fits 3 of your criteria (chic, not expensive, short notice and line 13). The quality of food varies from review to review but is certainly not bad. http://alexanderlobrano.com/blog/2011...

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