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debra1234 Dec 16, 2012 07:27 PM

Hi everyone,

We are coming to Paris the week after next and having some trouble booking some of the places that we'd hoped to try (like Spring and Septimes). I'd love some feedback on any recent experiences you've had at Frederic Simonin. Is it outstanding? Stuffy? Also, would you consider it a "heavier" meal? I'm trying to decide if I should plan dinner there one night on the same day when we are having a larger lunch.

Thanks!

Debra

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    Ptipois RE: debra1234 Dec 17, 2012 01:27 AM

    Still stuffy (albeit comfortable) décor and stiff service. But the food saves it all.

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      pammi RE: Ptipois Dec 17, 2012 02:56 AM

      We were there for a farewell to Paris dinner last year and I thought it was shockingly expensive for what it was. It took away whatever pleasure I might have felt from the meal itself. in fact the only thing that I remember about the meal was the bill.

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        Ptipois RE: pammi Dec 17, 2012 04:29 AM

        Maybe, but the 39€ lunch menu is a bargain considering the quality.

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      debra1234 RE: debra1234 Dec 17, 2012 07:35 AM

      Thanks Ptipois and pammi. I think I'll consider it for lunch instead of dinner.

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        John Talbott RE: debra1234 Dec 17, 2012 09:32 AM

        Yes lunch is a little better; two of got out for 108 E but my bottom line was in line with Pti'is point "The food, is, like the decor, expensive, well-done but lacks passion/warmth."

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          Ptipois RE: debra1234 Dec 17, 2012 04:37 PM

          I'll insist on the quality of the cooking. I wouldn't say it lacks passion and warmth; the decor does but you don't eat that. It is extremely well-made French cooking that shows equal talent in sophisticated preparations and in earthier, traditional-style braised dishes. It does have some personality.
          In a similar category I'd also recommend Les Tablettes de Jean-Louis Nomicos; sophisticated cooking with plenty of taste and a Mediterranean touch.

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          debra1234 RE: debra1234 Dec 17, 2012 10:47 AM

          Thanks, John. So I'm thinking for our one "nicer" meal I should perhaps stick with L'Atelier du Joel Robechon -- we have a lunch reservation there.

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            John Talbott RE: debra1234 Dec 17, 2012 01:24 PM

            I'll get in trouble for this and maybe it's just my old grouchy back talking but as "nice" as the food is I cannot call stool sitting "nice."

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              debra1234 RE: John Talbott Dec 17, 2012 08:10 PM

              Totally understand, John. Although I quite like it -- I do a lot of bar dining in some finer restaurants in NYC.

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