best fixed price Sunday brunch in Paris 3*
Also, last year I discovered that Rostang offers the Lunch only online, and the Concierge at our Hotel could not book it for us
any suggestions would be appreciated.
OK, so as my best pal/agitator Parigi has suggested and implied, brunch is not lunch and it s***s here and elsewhere.
So, to lunch, Sunday. Easy money:
Comme Chez Maman
Chez Casimir (which has a weird but good Bobo brunch buffet) or
As they say in Times Square - "Check 'em out."
Except for Epicure in the Hotel Bristol, all the other Michelin 3 star restaurants are closed Sundays; also for most of the 2 stars. For Sunday lunch, consider Le Cinq or La Grande Cascade.
My favourite was always Benoit. I know the anti Ducasse brigade will shout me down, but it was on our walk home from the Richard Lenoir market to the 7eme, and they would graciously take our bags of veggies and put them in the cloakroom, so we loved the way they treated us.
I also really liked the old world charm and the multi-generation families lunching together at table headed by the grand, grand mothers. And I am also addicted to the foie gras and tongue terrine that they do so well.
While being always suspicious of Ducassian moves (which IMO have to be understood as a strategy, which explains why some places like Le Louis XV or Le Plaza will be excellent while others like Le Jules Verne or Aux Lyonnais just mediocre), I am not going to shout you down for Benoit. I like the place a lot.
(I particularly remember the escargots, just right, fragrant and tasty, unlike the chewy giant slugs in snail shells that horrified me the only time I went to L'Ami Louis.)
In a whisper let me say that while the food at Benoit now is OK, the price-quality (versus 1968) is not.
I'd be interested Pti, what you posit that the strategy is behind Ducasse's "saving" of some places and making them better (Rech under his old friend Maximin for instance) and letting others (Aux Lyonnais, which was great in 1968) wither?
re: John Talbott
He pampers some places because they are good for his image (and he staffs them with the best he has), he pampers other places less because they're just tourist traps (Le Jules Verne) or he doesn't pay a lot of attention (Aux Lyonnais). Simple as that.
I don't know about versus 1968 but the bistrot food at Chez Benoît is quite good. Nothing to write articles about, but perfectly decent if pricey. (After all, it's a Ducasse place too.) Less pricey at any rate than - monstrum horrendum, informe - L'Ami Louis.
re: John Talbott
John - I remember it as a special Sunday lunch but not that expensive. You piqued my interests so I checked out their online menu - lunch is €38. OK if you go ALC you can spend a lot, but my choices from the current menu wouldn't break the bank
There are probably better price/quality ratios in Paris but you do pay for the beautiful room, very professional service, and to an extent the history of the room. It really is the Paris room that many have in the minds when they dream of a classy dinner. And given the OP has a three star budget it will seem like a bargain.
I am now thinking of trying to squeeze it into my itinerary in September which ranges across many different restaurant from the brand new to the old dames.
P.S. - is anything as good value as it was in '68?
I've lost track of where we are here and what ALC is. I was commenting on L'Ami Louis (?LAL).
But regarding 1968, a year I quote because it's the year I "discovered" Parisien food and the year one of our greatest writers/critics here was born. And yes, in 1968, one got great value at Bocuse, Point, Giradet, Senderens, Guerard (in Asnieres), Aux Lyonnais, Benoit, Allard, the Bistrot d'Hubert, Bise, etc., etc. The differential between a 3-star and a Bistrot of the moment then was minimal, now it's mind bending.
I'll stick with Sunday lunches at Axuria, Comme Chez Maman, etc.