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May 6, 2013 07:54 PM

Four Lunches Six Dinners in Paris (post Chowhound!)

Loving the direction this thing is moving in - thanks so much for the help

Prior list


- Le Cuisine de Philippe
- Le Train Bleu
- Le Voltaire
- Les Etangs de Corot “Café des Artistes”


- Brasserie Thoumieux
- Le Pharamond
- Le Grand Colbert
- Chez Flottes (with group)
- La Coupole (with group)
- Epicure / Le Bristol

Current list post Chowhound


- Le Cuisine de Philippe
- West Country Girl
- Le Voltaire
- picnic lunch in the Versailles Garden food/wine gathered at Marche Notre Dame in town


- Chez Denise
- Chez Plumeau
- Le Grand Colbert
- Chez Flottes (with group)
- La Coupole (with group)
- Epicure / Le Bristol

one open question is where should we do an approximate 10am gathering Sunday morning with our friends before they head back to holland and berlin? Two options are just gathering at like an Indiana at place bastille or some place fun in canal st martin?

we just want some place easy to get a big table at that time a terrace that is stroller friendly and with great people watching - reasonable prices would also be a plus for this group

merci as always!


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  1. quite a swap on le train bleu for west country girl lol!

    we will try to stop by the grand dame for a drink :)

    1. Uh oh, I just did a little search for fermetures annuelles... Le Voltaire will be closed most of August and Chez Denise for 3 weeks until 15 Aug. Plan B?

      Re Le Grand Colbert, you do understand that it's only worth eating here if you limit yourself to the excellent shellfish menu and the steak tartare, right?

      Indiana Café?!!! I feel faint... it's a chain not to be ever mentioned on Chowhound. :) Maybe the very stylish Café Français on the place Bastille @ rue St Antoine would be a better bet... and a petit-déjeuner formule for only €10... ignore all reviews on TA or elsewhere because it's been totally re-formulated and just re-opened a few weeks ago.

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      1. re: Parnassien

        lol on Indiana no one on chowhound recommended..........we just want something simple where we can people watch and accommodate a large group with a stroller......will check on Cafe Francais - or should we go up to Canal St Martin?

        plan B indeed as Pharamound is also closed in August..........back to paul bert for the bistro dinner?

        between thoumieux and colbert which would you chose? or do you have a better upper end brasserie?

        on West Country Girl is looks like the type of place we want - local and hip - we are planning on spending that afternoon at bastille/republique/musee Carnavalet so isn't that far out of the way?

        back to the drawing board!

        1. re: Parnassien

          West Country Girl is also closed most of August.

          1. re: Nancy S.

            yeah I sent them an email.........another bites the dust

            maybe I will go to Indiana at this rate......................kidding!!

            got a whole new list going thanks to CH and the lovely post just up about their spots.......Eggs & Co and Cafe des Musees a couple takeaways.........will look at Breizh as well


            1. re: davidcotyalex

              If you're specifically looking for a creperie, jessica (who posted all about her recent honeymoon on this forum) really loved Le Pot o'Lait. They liked it so much they went multiple times. Don't know about their availability in August, though. That month is tough...

              1. re: ChefJune

                yeah just knocked out Les Saisons as well :(

                thanks - will add to the list!

              2. re: davidcotyalex

                Breizh also closed in August. Not sure about the others.

                1. re: Nancy S.

                  merci! lol'g to the other thread and radiohead's increasing frustration with our timing!

                  le soufle?? it is just down the street from our hotel........

          2. I agree with Parnassien. This finetuning is finetuning for the worse. Who played a joke on you and told you to go to Indiana Café ?

            1. West country girl is a nice crèpe place... if you're in the neighborhood.

              Please, don't cross town just to get there.