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domenexx Jan 21, 2013 10:59 AM

Hello All !!

Going to Paris at the end of the month. Planning in visiting restaurant that I have never been before. Let me know your opinions on the following:

-Leo le Lion
-A la Biche au Bois
-Au Passage
-Les Papilles



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  1. John Talbott Jan 23, 2013 09:32 AM

    Au Passag not the same without James.
    Septime still hot
    Rino - fun
    Les Papilles - ditto

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    1. re: John Talbott
      domenexx Jan 23, 2013 10:50 AM

      Thanks John,

      Rino and Les Papilles already reserved !

      Septime unable to get a res.

      What happen to Au Passage?

      Any other recommendations from your side? The less touristy or researched the best !

      Thanks and Regards,


      1. re: domenexx
        John Talbott Jan 25, 2013 08:51 AM

        Right now I'm hot on Le 6 Paul Bert.

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          domenexx Jan 25, 2013 11:11 AM

          Point well taken, John.

          Any experience with Comtesse du Barry? I'm planning to bring some foie back home and found this one which look interesting. I'm planning to go to the one in the 6th.



          1. re: domenexx
            kerriar Jan 25, 2013 11:34 AM

            This is the McDonald of foie gras and totally over priced - just go to a local market (like marche de passy in the 16th) and buy from an authentic artisan supplier

            1. re: kerriar
              domenexx Jan 25, 2013 02:19 PM

              Good to know!

              Any place closer?

              I will take a look at this one.



              1. re: domenexx
                Laidback Jan 27, 2013 10:21 AM

                You could combine a meal at either Le Florimond or Leo le Lion with a stop for foie gras at Dubernet at the corner of rue Augereau and St. Dominique. The chef at Leo Lion does a good job with seafood, having worked for Jacques Divellec for a decade or so and it is mostly frequented by Locals.

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                  domenexx Jan 27, 2013 12:49 PM


        2. re: domenexx
          PhilD Jan 25, 2013 03:49 PM

          James Henry who was the chef that built the reputation (of Au Passage) left in June, headed back home to Australia for a break. He is now back in Paris with a new restaurant called "Bones" which opened a week or so ago (same backer as Au Passage) not seen mention of it here yet.

          1. re: PhilD
            mangeur Jan 25, 2013 05:27 PM

            Sounds good, tho. http://www.lefooding.com/restaurant/r...

            1. re: PhilD
              John Talbott Jan 27, 2013 09:05 AM

              Tout Paris has been but only Yves Nespoulous of Le Fooding has written it up. http://www.lefooding.com/bonne-nouvel...
              I have not been because so far it's only open at night and I'm still struggling to overcome my vampirephobia.

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          Richard123 Jan 25, 2013 12:14 PM

          We thought (this past November) that Au Passage was terrific -- all the things served were clear-tasting, clean-tasting and impeccably fresh. Thought the staff was fine. Thought the decor was funky pleasant.

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          1. re: Richard123
            shakti2 Jan 25, 2013 06:46 PM

            We ate at Au Passage round about this time too and very much liked it.The format of small share-able plates differs sufficiently from Septime, Rino etc to make it a good option on a trip otherwise crammed with bigger meals.

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