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Feb 19, 2013 02:30 AM

Dans Les Landes Question

I'm meeting a fellow american in Paris next week, and we both really want to try Dans Les Landes. Time constraints and some theatre tickets (for some a performance all the way up in Aubervilliers) mean that the only time we could go would be on Tuesday at around 5:30 in order to still make it up north for the theatre.

Anyone familiar with the restaurant who can advise on whether we would still need to make a res at that time (or if they'd even take one), or perhaps even better, a comparable restaurant a little bit more north?

Merci en avance!

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  1. At 5:30 you don't need a res. Am not sure if the kitchen is fulling functioning though. Another consideration is that even if the kitchen is operating fully, it probably will not have the chef presiding. This number one fan of Dans Les Landes have heard from friends that when they went at odd off-hours, they did not have as good a meal. -- Maybe the two things are not related. Just sayin.

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    1. re: Parigi

      Is this place a "must reserve" at lunch ? I intend to reserve, cause i would like to avoid of course goin especially to a place and being "sent away" :-) But still interesting to know..

      1. re: oferl

        Well no, but as I've often said, it's polite (I know, politesse is out of fashion), it makes their talking to you more specific, it ensures you the primo table(s) and can you give me a reason "Why not?"

      2. I've tried a late afternoon nibble at Dans les Landes... outside of meal times, it operates as a bar à vins with a limited selection of (mostly cold) bar-food type snacks... given the logistics of your Aubervilliers trek, not really worth the detour to the far south of the 5th.

        More convenient for Aubervilliers, surprisingly good nosh/ small plates, continuous hours late afternoon/ early evening (closing time varies from 7pm to 11pm depending on the day of the week): le Café Caché or Les Grandes Tables du 104 in "Le 104" arts complex on the rue Curial in the 19th. Then just a 10-minute taxi ride from the station de taxi on the avenue Flandre near Riquet métro to the centre of Aubervilliers (for the Théâtre Commune) or a quick métro ride from Riquet or Crimée to Fort d'Aubervilliers (for Zingaro). BTW, the centre of Aubervilliers, especially the area around the church and mairie is kinda sweet and has a cluster of cafés and bistros... the area around the Fort is pretty unappealing unless you are into frayed public housing and (mostly) well-tended cemeteries... there is however a decent cantine in the Fort's theatre complex.

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        1. re: Parnassien

          In my experience, the walk from the metro to the 104 is not particularly great, so a taxi ride is a good idea.

          1. re: Nancy S.

            Of course this part of the 19th is not exactly Passy or the Faubourg St Germain... the neighbourhood is certainly HLM-esque and a bit rough around the edges (and seems even less appealing when approaching Le 104 from the rue d'Aubervilliers). But, from the rue Curial side of Le 104, it's just a not-so-bad 300-metre walk to or from Riquet métro... and you can play a game of trying to identify the 10 different languages heard during the 4-minute stroll there. As it turns out, the OP is going to Fort d'Aubervilliers and this makes the no-change métro run from Riquet the best option.

          2. re: Parnassien

            Oddly enough, right around the centre of Aubervilliers is where a good friend lives and I usually stay while in Paris (living in Bretagne at the moment). So I was surprised when my friend insisted on trekking up to the the Fort (for Zingaro, yes).

            Thank you for the suggestion of Grands Tables- that might just be the best solution, if it's open. My friend doesn't understand how, over a span of 3 full days, we will only be able to eat at one restaurant she picked out (Sunday-Tuesday with the theatre tuesday night).

            But, c'est la vie!

            1. re: rhettoric

              Just checked Le 104's horaires for next Tue. No events/ concerts/ etc that night so Le Café Caché closes at 8pm and Les Grandes Tables at 7pm. Since there is really no dinner service that night at the resto, you'll probably find that they're out of many items on the menu and so the Café is maybe the better option. Normally the cooking at the resto during regular meal hours is excellent but the food in the café is almost equally good at any time.

              Another idea. To punish your friend for insisting on the safari to Fort d'Aubervilliers, why not make her wait for dinner until you get back to Paris after Zingaro? Chez Denise in Les Halles is a perfect place for enjoying (oups, I mean suffering) a late-night parisien buzz ... and open until 5am. Or Mini-Palais in Grand Palais in the 8th for a more sophisticated, lighter, and contemporary cuisine... and meal service until midnight, bar service until 2am. If the Left Bank is more convenient, the brasserie + Piano Bar at la Closerie des Lilas on the boulevard Montparnasse ... the classic food is not really memorable but the experience is ... continuous service until 1am and Piano Bar (yes! yes!) until 1:30am.

              1. re: Parnassien

                All excellent suggestions of punishment that I am unfamilliar with and Im sure my friend will love. Thanks Parnassien!

                1. re: rhettoric

                  I must add that the punishment should still include a late-afternoon light meal at le 104's Café Caché. After all, it is on your way. And "both...and" is so much more painfully chic than "either...or", you know.

                  1. re: Parnassien

                    I must add, however, as Parnassian implied, that when the floor of the main hall at 104 is occupied by dancers, drummers, artists, etc it's terrifically vibrant. The Grandes Tables is definately the best, the Cafe cool, but the ambiance is what makes this ole morgue move. And I don't think the schlep from the Metro is sooo bad.

                    1. re: John Talbott

                      I'm already familiar with trekking from metro stops through the 19th and Aubervilliers. Haven't ever had any problems, and wouldn't have even thought of taking a cab...

                      Thanks for the advice about the main hall, John. The photos make it look like a stunning space. Doesn't seem that they have much in the way of performance this week, but I'm going to be keeping an eye on their calendar for my future visits.

                      1. re: rhettoric

                        There are also classrooms and corridors and endless spaces; it's the best thing Delanoye or any mayor has done (I'm not about to forgive him for the bike/taxi/bus lanes though.)

                      2. re: John Talbott

                        It is not worse than most other métro schleps in Paris. It just looks different than the trek from métro Madeleine to Ladurée but it might even be safer.

                        1. re: Ptipois

                          I liked Parnassian's comment that you heard "10 different languages" en route - so true; I think it's the most 7 continents' area in Paris.