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Hi all,

After much trying, my wife was able to get La Table d'Eugène on the phone -- only to discover they won't reopen until September 3rd. Are there any other bistros in the general area of Montmartre that you all would recommend that serve lunch on Saturdays? :)

Thanks,
Joe

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  1. I don't know how you define bistro. I live a couple of blocks away from La Table d'Eugene, which I think of as a restaurant and a bit farther from Jeanne b, which is not a bistro either (no red, brass, etc) but has fine food at good prices albeit it's now on the NYT/CH "go to" list.
    Lots of poussettes, old expats (like me) and normal people. 7/7

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    1. re: John Talbott

      I don't have much of a definition in mind, to be honest, other than "French food, not so upscale that it becomes more about the aesthetics of the food than a hot plate of something delicious in front of me." That's probably not an accurate way of slicing things. :)

      Jeanne B looks excellent; I'm now trying to choose between Les Tantes Jeanne, Jeanne B, and Chez Toinette. Do you have any opinions on the other 2?

      Thanks,
      Joe

      1. re: Televangelist

        Ah you got me there, never heard of Les Tantes Jeanne or Chez Toinette but I've only been here since 1989.
        Let's see what others say.

        1. re: John Talbott

          Sounds like the kind of off-radar places we were talking about in another thread. Maybe a walk-by, John, if you're in the hood?

          1. re: mangeur

            I'll give a gander.

            1. re: John Talbott

              The research I've done is as follows...

              Chez Toinette looks like the more 'old school' of the two:

              http://www.yelp.com/biz/chez-toinette...
              http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant...
              4.7 on those annoying Google reviews you can't link to.
              http://www.everepicurious.com/2011/11... <-- not a fan of the writing style on this last one, but it's rather convincing.

              They reopen on the 30th of August.

              Les Tantes Jeanne is more 'new school', with dedicated vegetarian mains and other more modern touches. They're well reviewed too, but with fewer reviews (possibly because they're much newer) and they're the sort of reviews I tend to trust less (a lot of "KOBE BEEF!!!1111"):

              http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant...
              http://www.bonjourparis.com/story/les...

              My wife is vegetarian, so there's something to the latter option, but she's willing to indulge me for a meal since we're hitting up veg-friendly spots for most of the trip, and when Chez Toinette opens she can always call them and ask if whipping up a vegetarian main of some kind is possible.

              1. re: Televangelist

                Chez Toinette is ok. Jeanne B is better.
                Les Tantes Jeanne, on a very hip, very Amélie, very Montmartrois street, sounds intriguing. Thanks for finding it.

                1. re: Parigi

                  Please report back, I'm ashamed i don't know them (except Jeanne B.)

                  1. re: Parigi

                    Parigi, while I have you here :) Can you elaborate a bit more on what you did/didn't like about Chez Toinette, and why you liked Jeanne B better? Based on the limited information I can find online, It just seems to me like they'd be two very different styles of food... so I'm having a hard time viewing it in my mind as a straight comparison, rather than apples-to-oranges.

                    1. re: Parigi

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                      1. re: Televangelist

                        Chez Toinette has good standard bistro fare, as you suspect. It is not bad at all, but it's standard. Has a more standard offering and standard bistro setting not without charm at all.
                        If I were a busy tourist, or if my office were next door and I were forced to take all my lunches out, I'd consider it. I would not cross arrondissements for it, mainly because the food genre is very familiar to me, therefore I don't value it too much. --, An entirely subjective point.
                        Jeanne B has a lighter bistro fare, without being too daring or challenging either. The setting is more modern and nice and airy (try to specify the lovely front room), not traditional bistro-y.
                        Very well sourced ingredients well executed. I have eaten there only 3 times, and each time is better than the last.
                        And outstandng, "surclassé" service.
                        Hope this helps. Please report back.

                        1. re: Parigi

                          Ah, good to know, thanks for the additional info! I'm pretty much the definition of a 'busy tourist' (24 hours in Paris en route to other places), and we're staying a block or two from Chez Toinette, so no hopping necessary. "Standard bistro" has the ring of exactly what I'm looking for, assuming it's executed reasonably well. :) The sort of thing I'd have maybe once or twice in a week-long trip, but if I'm spending 24 hours in Paris, I want that 'standard Parisian' fare to be one of my meals. (The other, we've decided, will be whatever we happen upon while we're at Le Marché des Enfants Rouges, followed by drinks and dessert at Le Comptoir General) The last time I was in Paris, it was spent staying with a now-passed French grandmother in Bondy who spoke no English but cooked beautiful 'standard bistro' fare, so that's what I miss most about the city. :)

                          Will hopefully be back in Paris for a more extended stay at some point in the next year or two, at which point I'll go for a broader range.

                          I'll definitely report back, though as you can tell, the odds that my experiences will be useful to the palates here are dicey. :)

                          1. re: Televangelist

                            All makes sense. Please report back.
                            Where are you staying ? If you stay near Chez Toinette, then you should be staying near a handful (not just one !) award-winning boulangeries.

                            1. re: Parigi

                              We'd love to head to a boulangerie after lunch, what would you recommend around there? :)

                              1. re: Televangelist

                                Both Au Levain d'Antan and Le Grenier à Pain were winners of La Meilleure Baguette.
                                Best to go in the morning, get yourself a croissant au beurre, and a baguette, or a killer ficelle from the former.
                                You are very blessed boulangerie location-wise.

                      2. re: Parigi

                        Parigi, while I have you here :) Can you elaborate a bit more on what you did/didn't like about Chez Toinette, and why you liked Jeanne B better? Based on the limited information I can find online, It just seems to me like they'd be two very different styles of food... so I'm having a hard time viewing it in my mind as a straight comparison, rather than apples-to-oranges..

                        1. re: Televangelist

                          "while I have you here :) Can you elaborate a bit more on what you did/didn't like about Chez Toinette, and why you liked Jeanne B better?"

                          Now I am very confused. You have already asked me verbatim upthread:
                          "while I have you here :) Can you elaborate a bit more on what you did/didn't like about Chez Toinette, and why you liked Jeanne B better?"

                          And I answered:
                          "Chez Toinette has good standard bistro fare, as you suspect. It is not bad at all, but it's standard. Has a more standard offering and standard bistro setting not without charm at all.
                          If I were a busy tourist, or if my office were next door and I were forced to take all my lunches out, I'd consider it. I would not cross arrondissements for it, mainly because the food genre is very familiar to me, therefore I don't value it too much. --, An entirely subjective point.
                          Jeanne B has a lighter bistro fare, without being too daring or challenging either. The setting is more modern and nice and airy (try to specify the lovely front room), not traditional bistro-y.
                          Very well sourced ingredients well executed. I have eaten there only 3 times, and each time is better than the last.
                          And outstandng, "surclassé" service.
                          Hope this helps. Please report back."

                          And you answered:
                          "Ah, good to know, thanks for the additional info! I'm pretty much the definition of a 'busy tourist' (24 hours in Paris en route to other places), and we're staying a block or two from Chez Toinette, so no hopping necessary. "Standard bistro" has the ring of exactly what I'm looking for, assuming it's executed reasonably well. :) The sort of thing I'd have maybe once or twice in a week-long trip, but if I'm spending 24 hours in Paris, I want that 'standard Parisian' fare to be one of my meals. (The other, we've decided, will be whatever we happen upon while we're at Le Marché des Enfants Rouges, followed by drinks and dessert at Le Comptoir General) The last time I was in Paris, it was spent staying with a now-passed French grandmother in Bondy who spoke no English but cooked beautiful 'standard bistro' fare, so that's what I miss most about the city. :)
                          Will hopefully be back in Paris for a more extended stay at some point in the next year or two, at which point I'll go for a broader range.
                          I'll definitely report back, though as you can tell, the odds that my experiences will be useful to the palates here are dicey. :)"

                          Are we in a time warp ?
                          I hope if we continue, I will at least get younger.

                          1. re: Parigi

                            This is incredibly strange -- I have no idea why it re-posted an earlier message. Very odd!

                            1. re: Televangelist

                              LOL.
                              Why not take this opportunity to report back? We're all ears.

                              1. re: Parigi

                                Ah, okay! Chez Toinette didn't end up reopening until Saturday night, so we did Les Tantes Jeanne for lunch. Ended up having the whole place to ourselves (owners described opening for a Saturday afternoon in August as an experiment they're unlikely to repeat next year), food was very tasty. Portions were ginormous even by American standards, my wife's vegetarian main was excellent. I didn't spring for the wagyu steak over the normal filet (almost double the price, plus lax standards for what constitutes wagyu, plus Les Tantes Jeanne's emphasis on multiple sauces to sample with your meat all leaned me against it), and was happy with the steak I had -- the steak itself was probably a 7 out of 10, with the sauces, veggies, and the rest all bringing it upward from there. Desserts were excellent, house wine was tasty. Central location in Montmartre made for nice people-watching, and I felt it was a nice bridge between traditional bistro fare and more inventive modern cooking. And as someone married to a vegetarian, I'll take a meal where my wife loves her main instead of gamely enduring for my sake any day of the week.

                                For dinner, ended up doing Breizh Cafe, where I loved everything except the galettes-based appetizer, which was merely 'okay'. (lots of galette, not a lot of any of the promised incredients. Had cheese on it, but you could barely taste it over the overpowering flavor of the galette itself)

                                For drinks, did before-dinner drinks at Monsieur Bleu since we were going through the Palais de Tokyo; drinks themselves were perfectly mixed, but the atmosphere was hilariously tryhard. After-dinner drinks at Le Comptoir General, which was an awesome location I'll definitely be back to.

                                For music and nightlife, went back to Paris Social Club for the first time in 5 years around when they opened... I like what they've done with the decor, with the sort of neon giant rubiks-cubes from the ceiling, and the music itself was awesome (DJs spinning primarily stuff from the Kitsune record label), but the crowd was a little lame, very few people who had much interest in dancing, a lot of awkward swaying. Still a good time and glad I went.

                                1. re: Televangelist

                                  Great report. Very helpful. Very informative. Merci.
                                  And Rue Véron is such a very low-key, very hip, very Montmartrois street. What's not to like.

          2. In no way do I have John Talbot's encyclopedic knowledge of Paris (his tips served us well on our trip in June), but this place, http://www.lecoqrico.com/en/index.html, served the best chicken I have ever tasted in my life. Again, its a restaurant, but they are open for lunch, and, as far as I can tell from Los Angeles, it is open during August.

            Best of luck.