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Aidez-moi! Need Suggestions for Dinner Tomorrow (Saturday) in Paris

ejcsanfran Oct 12, 2012 01:04 PM

In a shocking display of unpreparedness, I neglected to reserve for dinner tomorrow evening - my last night in Paris after a week. So far I've called Paul Bert, Le Chemise and Pirouette - they're all booked.

I'm here on my own, so a seat at a counter is fine by me and I"m staying in the 3me - don't mind traveling a bit but prefer to stay on the Right Bank. So far this week, I have eaten at Chez Jenny, Le Galopin, Terroir Parisien, La Bourse ou La Vie, Le Severo, Josephine Chez Dumonet, Pierre Sang Boyer and l'Office.

And if it's any incentive to help me out, I plan to share my impressions of all my meals while on the train to Amsterdam on Sunday. Here's what I thought of Le Galopin (short answer: superb).


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  1. mangeur RE: ejcsanfran Oct 12, 2012 01:52 PM

    I'd pray for a cancellation. Just get out your b-team list and make phone calls now (I see that it's 10:50pm Paris time) and tomorrow. What about Saturne? Rino? Septime? All seem to be of the type of place you have been visiting.

    Thanks for your excellent review of Le Galopin. You describe the kind of meal that brings us back there: when in its stride, ingenious and close to perfect. I look forward to re-reading it here and hearing your observations on your other spots.

    1. ChefJune RE: ejcsanfran Oct 12, 2012 01:58 PM

      Call Maceo at 15 rue des Petits Champs in the 1er. Maybe they'll have room for a single. They have some nice smaller tables at the bar I like to sit at when I'm there alone.

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        Nancy S. RE: ejcsanfran Oct 12, 2012 02:16 PM

        The croissant that you're eating on your blog post looks divine -- was it as tasty as it appeared? And, if so, please reveal the source!

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          ejcsanfran RE: Nancy S. Oct 13, 2012 04:50 AM

          BarAPain at 134 Rue de Turenne - close by my place and very good!


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            Delucacheesemonger RE: ejcsanfran Oct 15, 2012 04:30 AM

            That place somewhat helped by Jacques Genin is across the street from Genin's place.

        2. Parnassien RE: ejcsanfran Oct 12, 2012 02:39 PM

          Try Ober-Salé on the rue Oberkampf

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            shanemio RE: ejcsanfran Oct 12, 2012 02:40 PM

            Love your blog - thanks for sharing it. Your enjoyment of Paris is quite evident.

            1. ejcsanfran RE: ejcsanfran Oct 13, 2012 04:55 AM

              Thanks for the suggestions. I called several places with no luck, then gave Café des Musées a jingle - I was sure they'd be booked, since they seem to be both well-reputed and well-known by locals and tourists alike. Happily, I got a reservation for an early dinner with no problem. Phew!

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                John Talbott RE: ejcsanfran Oct 15, 2012 08:39 AM


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                  ejcsanfran RE: John Talbott Oct 15, 2012 09:12 AM

                  Short answer: great smoked salmon, followed by a tasty echine de porc - an enjoyable last evening. I'm still catching up on my notes. I'll be sure to include more details on this when I provide an update on my week in Paris soon...

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                    Parigi RE: ejcsanfran Oct 15, 2012 09:24 AM

                    We also had a very good meal at Café des Musées recently, notwithstanding the yelling waiter, who, perfect egalitarian, yelled at us AND at the other waitstaff
                    So I guess it's nothing personal.

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                      ejcsanfran RE: Parigi Oct 15, 2012 09:31 AM

                      I was seated right next to the door and found it rather hilarious that people kept showing up requesting a table and being advised they could have one, but ONLY if they were gone in one hour to accommodate those with later reservations. The maitre d' wasn't yelling - though I'd hardly describe his demeanor as "jolly"... I think most folks realized that at 8PM on a Saturday, they'd better take what they could get.

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