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The Best Near Bastille

zuriga1 Feb 13, 2013 05:27 AM

I've been to Paris many times, but on an upcoming trip we are changing from our usual haunts and staying near Bastille. Any suggestions for a great meal in that neighborhood... the Marais, the 3rd... would be very appreciated. Price is really not a concern.

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    Kelly RE: zuriga1 Feb 14, 2013 03:00 AM

    I don't have many recs to the immediate Marais side of Bastille; we tend to go a bit further north, around Filles de Calvaire and St-Sebastien-Froissart:

    Qui Plume la Lune
    Breizh Cafe
    Le Repaire de Cartouche
    Au Passage

    But if you extend your horizons toward the other side (11th, not 3rd), you'll be spoiled for choice:

    Bistro Paul Bert
    Le 6 Paul Bert

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      zuriga1 RE: Kelly Feb 14, 2013 04:30 AM

      Thanks so much, Kelly. We ate somewhere last year with a friend near his place in the 3rd. I wish I could remember the name.. it was so simple and so good!

      The 11th is fine with us. Any difference between the two Paul Berts. I've never been to either.

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        Kelly RE: zuriga1 Feb 14, 2013 05:17 AM

        Paul Bert is classic Paris bistro: think terrine de campagne, marinated herring, veal chops, steak tartare. Le 6 Paul Bert is just a few doors down from Paul Bert, but it’s a world apart in terms of cuisine: think small and modern plates (shaved vegetables, raw and marinated proteins, creative use of dairy).

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          zuriga1 RE: Kelly Feb 15, 2013 01:12 AM

          I really appreciate all your restaurant suggestions. I've checked websites and know we'll be eating very well, not to mention exploring some new territory. Bones sounds right up our alley as I used to say as an American. Now I have to say, 'up my street.'

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            LulusMom RE: Kelly Feb 15, 2013 01:54 PM

            Is Le 6 Paul Bert the kind of place that is comfortable for someone dining alone? Is there a bar to sit at, for instance? Lively atmosphere?

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              John Talbott RE: LulusMom Feb 16, 2013 12:26 AM

              I think it is very lively and I wouldn't hesitate to dine alone (I do much of the time and have never felt uncomfortable anywhere in Paris). Its not like some places in the US where you're made to feel you're taking up the space of two paying customers.

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                LulusMom RE: John Talbott Feb 16, 2013 02:16 AM

                Thanks so much John. I understand that Paris is very different, but there are some places (I'm thinking of L'Amboise, for instance) where it just wouldn't be as fun to dine alone. A bit of liveliness and bustle helps a lot.

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                  John Talbott RE: LulusMom Feb 16, 2013 07:30 AM

                  Hummm; if you want hustle and bustle plus good food how about Flora, Pirouette, Vivant or Pierre Sang Boyer?
                  I wouldn't go to L'Ambroisie, even with Bill Clinton, lov'em, for various reasons.

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                    LulusMom RE: John Talbott Feb 16, 2013 07:57 AM

                    Oh - thank you so much for the suggestions. My husband asked me to marry him the weekend we went to L'Ambroisie (thanks for the correct spelling) so it holds a special place in my heart, but no, I don't think I'd go back. I appreciate the lively atmosphere plus good food suggestions very much. Previous places I've enjoyed a lot solo are Fish and Willi's Wine Bar (eating at the bar). Was considering Maceo this time. Fish last time was with Lulu and not as good as when I'd gone before. Don't mind how much I spend (I'm in Paris, after all!) but don't eat red meat (poultry and fish/seafood fine), so have to watch out for meat-heavy places. Will be staying in le Marais.

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                      John Talbott RE: LulusMom Feb 16, 2013 09:23 AM

                      Yes, well, I asked for my wife's hand standing in the Family Circle (75¢) line at the Met but I don't need to repeat it. Fish is a good idea though.

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                        LulusMom RE: John Talbott Feb 16, 2013 04:45 PM

                        Exactly. Some things, though, we'd repeat. Like the marriage.

                        So, Fish is still good? As mentioned, I went with Lulu in Nov. 2011 and it was just so-so. I heard that it was undergoing some sort of change at that time so I just wasn't sure. I was surprised how un-fish (as in a lot of the choices were meaty) it was, and Lulu had a couple of those and wasn't all that thrilled. Of course she was only 5 but still, she eats well, and I give her palette (sp?) some credit.

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                          ChefJune RE: LulusMom Feb 21, 2013 10:43 AM

                          Lulu: I've never been to Fish, but from what I understand from comments here, it's NOT a fish restaurant. it's a "boissonerie" which would mean a place to drink! -- not a Poissonerie... If you're looking for a tasty fish place, I've been loving La Cagouille for more than 20 years.

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                            John Talbott RE: ChefJune Feb 21, 2013 01:02 PM

                            Lulu; Fish is not a fish place but it's very good altho' only English is spoken.
                            As for La Cagouille, stick to the "burn your fingers" mussels or the teeny tiny clams in cream sauce or shucked oysters. Real fish/poisson is best done at Atao, L'Ilot, Bistro du Dome (not the big Dome), L'Ecallier du Bistrot, etc.
                            Never heard of 'em? check 'em out.

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                              LulusMom RE: John Talbott Feb 28, 2013 06:14 AM

                              will definitely check them out, thank you both.

                              I have been to Fish twice. The first time the menu seemed to swing a bit more to the Fish side than most do, but, as you say, it certainly doesn't have to, and didn't the second.
                              Thanks to everyone for the advice and information.

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          RandyB RE: Kelly Feb 17, 2013 05:52 PM

          I spend 6-8 weeks a year in the Marais. One of my new favorites for a local place, a couple of blocks from the St. Paul métro, is Métropolitain. Creative food, reasonable prices for the quality and quantity.

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            zuriga1 RE: RandyB Feb 20, 2013 04:55 AM

            Thanks, RandyB. Sounds good!

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          lemarais RE: zuriga1 Mar 2, 2013 03:58 PM

          Had a great meal at Métropolitain, in the 4th a few blocks from the Bastille. This is one of the casual new bistros with young, fearless chefs. Food is wonderful, ambiance is to duplicate a Metro station.


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