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Jan 20, 2013 09:11 AM

Pouic-Pouic--New Bistro in Paris--Have any Chowhounds been?

Going back to Paris in a few months. Kind of on the prowl for new places. Came across Pouic-Pouic--the website's menu looks pretty decent, decent prices. Just curious if anyone's been there? What do you think?
Thanks in advance!

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    1. re: John Talbott

      Looking forward to what you have to report!!!

        1. re: John Talbott

          I hate it when people quote others but I will because it was so true. As I was exiting today, a Brazilian couple engaged me and I asked (after appropriate social niceties) what their opinion of Pouic Pouic was after a week eating in Paris. "Ordinary" they agreed. Unfortunately I agreed as well. Ordinary. A fuller description, menu and photos is/are elsewhere.
          Same price point but miles better - Le 6 Paul Bert.

          1. re: John Talbott

            Ahhh...thank you John Talbott. I am going to check out Paul Bert. Many thanks!

            1. re: John Talbott

              But John, you and the Brasilians and all the other people who decided to eat elsewhere must be wrong. The New York Times said it was terrific. (Oops, tongue is stuck in cheek)

              1. re: Parnassien

                Ah the curse of the Times, follows us everywhere.

                1. re: Parnassien

                  FWIW, the NYT recommended PP as a place that might be interesting if one had staged an all-nighter and was looking for breakfast since it opens at 5am.

        2. I ate here on Saturday - even with the mixed reviews on this thread I was intrigued by the menu and the location worked for me, so I went ahead and gave it a try. Was it the best meal I had in Paris? No.. .but for bistro comfort food it really hit the spot, and the atmosphere was lively but relaxing and pleasant with live music.

          Menus are on chalkboards throughout the restaurant in French but thanks to my smartphone I was able to translate the items, and since I was a bit slow a staff member helped clarify any questions I had on the menu.

          I was in the mood for fish (and was excited about the John Dory on the menu), but they had run out when I dined at 11pm... so I went with the roasted duck with polenta which was tender and well executed, with a subtle cheese flavor in the polenta. For an entree, I had the langoustine soup -which wasn't creamy but a full flavored thick broth, just the way I like it.

          Dessert was the cafe gourmand - I love restaurants that offer this sampler of mini desserts with espresso because of the variety. There was a jar with a pineapple dessert, a pear dessert, and a chocolate pot de creme.

          I'd vote for giving this place a try if you are looking for a bistro experience - I was skeptical after reading the comments here but have no regrets.

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          1. re: Darrensc815

            Thanks for the pics and your review of sorts. Quite honestly, I'm not looking for some "NYT gushy" type of place. Most of my meals in Paris are at home anyway. I'm starting to look for neighborhood places with decent prices and decent food. Thanks so much:)