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Apr 11, 2013 10:13 AM

Vieux Garçons (former Aux Fins Gourmet )

I don't remember coming across the new name on the board while the former name I've been following for a while with planned reservation at the end of this month. Any updates?

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  1. No idea, but the place was under renovation for a few months and then just yesterday I saw that the name had changed.

    It eludes me how a restaurant can be called "Aux Fins Gourmets" for as long as I or my parents or grandparents could remember, and then be reborn under a new name and advertise "since 1920" or so.
    Maybe same owners but different name?

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    1. re: Ptipois

      "Maybe same owners but different name?"

      Maybe same owner but different chef? This change is hard to view in postive light, but I hope I am wrong as I have a reservation there in a week for a lunch. Will walk by and see how it looks.

        1. re: Kurtis

          A change of name does not usually imply a change of chef (unless the chef is the owner).

        1. re: Kurtis

          Hard to tell from that link if the place is any good at all.

          The fake mention of the date of foundation (if it's new owners, new chef and new name, it is not the same place) is pushing the envelope a bit far and seems to indicate that customers are likely to be taken for a ride. Okay that's only a detail.

          Food looks a little below meh, but the photos are terrible and might be misleading.

          Reading the badly written blurb I strongly feel like the meal was comped and this is only advertising.

          Good point = the chef is from Hasparren and has an interesting resumé.

          The place had better be good, I already miss the old Aux Fins Gourmets.

          1. re: Kurtis

            "la mousse au chocolat soufflée qui vous explose dans le palais comme une mine anti-personnel"
            "The mousse au chocolat soufflée that explodes in your palette like an anti-personnel mine" ?
            Non merci !
            (Mais oui merci, Pti, for alerting me to this gem of French literature.)

            1. re: Parigi

              The article is hilarious, and should anyone decide to compile an anthology of horrendous food writing, would certainly be one of its gems.

            2. re: Kurtis

              I meant palate, not palette, oops.

            3. "The place had better be good, I already miss the old Aux Fins Gourmets"

              Worse is I would never know what I am missing... Any suggestion for alternative in 7th or elsewhere for similar experience?

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              1. re: Kurtis

                Le Mesturet, not in the 7th.
                But the duck confit risks "exploding your palette like an antipersonnel mine".

              2. Ok, I get it Ptipois and Parigi : )

                Accepting all contributions small or large for JT's expert report here.

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                1. re: Kurtis

                  If the photos are in any way accurate we're asking a lot from our John. Let that be clear *<:-)