My Faves this Sept. & Oct.
This is an abbreviated list of places I liked in roughly descending order:
Chez Les Anges
Bistrot La Bruyère
Table de Lauriston
Dans Les Landes
La Regalade St. Hon.
Most of these we have been more than once and would welcome the chance to return to any of the above.
If your tastes are close to mine you could do worse. Ask for any specifics and I will try and answer.
Simple question, difficult answer; I am an omnivore. About the only thing I don't like is andouille, otherwise,I eat and enjoy the whole animal and all vegetables as long as everything is of good quality. As I get older, I seem to be reverting more to traditional cuisine and tend to shy away from more cerebral elaborations which depend on foam over substance. Pierre Gagnaire is undoubtedly a culinary genius, but one time
was enough for me, a bit too experimental for my taste. I would choose a properly toasted croque Monsieur made with well sourced ingredients to some beautifully plated, "trying too hard" foamy invention with a preposterous title such as "Ombril d'Artchaut à Naitre". This is being facetious but hopefully you get my point.
re: John Talbott
Well what do you expect; 2 alter boks from the same generation, plus I have followed your crumb trail for years. Our main disparity is probably Goust which I have now tried 4 times with an increased appreciation each visit. I am pleased to report that contrary to a few reports I found Neva as good as ever; the ris de veau so deliciously croustillant that even Ms. L. reluctantly agreed it was "pas mal". It is doing so well that Mm. Gonzales told me she was opening a second restaurant soon in the 17th.
Nice! Thanks for putting this together for us.
I am in love with the concept at Les 110 de Taillevent, and wanted to go in May, but we just never got there. Did you find yourself trying more than one wine with each course? I think that would be my plan of attack - a couple of the 7 cl tastes to see how they change the dish. Man, I love science.