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Paris Near Mandarin Oriental

dosage54 Nov 22, 2013 08:17 AM

Heading from London to Paris via Chunnel next week and need suggestions for dinner in area of Mandarin Oriental. Casual atmosphere a must---love true bistro food. Don't mind a walk or short cab ride. Verjus and Saturne come to mind, and I may be too picky to attempt Frenchie. Three nights needed! Best morning coffee and croissant ideas too si vous plait. Finally, best transport ideas from Gare du Nord to hotel and hotel to DeGaulle. Private car? Thanks in advance!

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    dosage54 Dec 6, 2013 10:12 AM

    Well thanks to all for some great ideas. The Mandarin Oriental was terrific, as it should be for the price. We found other less expensive places to have a glass of wine or an early evening cocktail. The restaurants we enjoyed were Pirouette and Franck Enee. Both were off the charts excellent---the crispy rabbit at FE was wonderful. Wish we could have stayed longer....

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    1. re: dosage54
      John Talbott Dec 6, 2013 10:16 AM

      "Pirouette and Franck Enee"
      Two great places, glad you did well.

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      dosage54 Nov 26, 2013 07:27 AM

      Thanks to all who replied. We're set at Pirouette and Franck Enee (crispy rabbit!!) and our last night we want very casual---can even be a sandwich! Maybe something we pick up at a market? Tickets set for Musee D'Orsay---other days will be spent shopping, hitting markets and soaking up everything as we walk. Too bad there's no horse racing at Longchamp!

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        Delucacheesemonger Nov 26, 2013 07:52 AM

        Some years back went to see the Prix de L'Arc de Triumphe at Longchamp, a fabulous memory, made the Kentucky derby a trip to the sticks. Try to do it in the future.

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          dosage54 Nov 26, 2013 08:01 AM

          International racing is terrific. Af ew years back I attended the Melbourne Cup---it was off the charts. Longchamp is on the list.

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            Parigi Nov 26, 2013 10:01 AM

            Come back in early June and go to the Prix de Diane at Chantilly. Offer your wife/gf a lovely hat.

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              dosage54 Nov 26, 2013 10:10 AM

              Hear that Deauville is nice---Keeneland like.

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                John Talbott Nov 26, 2013 10:36 AM

                "Deauville is nice"
                To get back on topic, Deauville is nice and has great seafood; our week there recently was culinarily and culturally rich.

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                  Parigi Nov 26, 2013 11:29 AM

                  Trouville the adjacent port and within a very short distance is even nicer. Greener. Lovely seaside boardwalk with Norman style villas. Great restos. Trouville-Deauville are really two 'hoods of the same resort, sort of.

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                    John Talbott Nov 27, 2013 04:29 AM

                    " two 'hoods of the same resort"
                    Indeed, and actually our host's fish market is on the Trouville side of the harbor.

            2. re: dosage54
              Parnassien Nov 26, 2013 02:59 PM

              In November, you've still got the last few days of racing at very picturesque and upper-crusty Chantilly... 25 minutes by SNCF/ TER fast train from Gare du Nord or, longer, RER from central Paris... lunch at one or other of the restos at the Auberge du Jeu de Paume.

        2. Parnassien Nov 22, 2013 01:10 PM

          For breakfast, you can get good coffee or good croissants but not usually both. For the best pastries in a sit-down place, Bread & Roses on the rue Boissy d'Anglais (5 min walk from your hotel)... coffee is decent for Paris but not memorable... open from 8am Mon-Fri and from 10am Sat. For the best coffee but a limited choice of pastries, Télescope on the rue Villédo on the fringes of Little Tokyo (10-min walk)... opens at 8:30am on weekdays, later on Sat. You can also try Pain Quotidien on the place du Marché Saint-Honoré (5-min walk and also great for exploring for other places on the place and adjoining streets)... an excellent Belgian chain... open 7/7 from 8am... nice terrace and setting. For a bang-up breakfast with legendary hot chocolate, the landmark salon de thé/ pâtisserie Angelina on the rue de Rivoli (5-min walk) ... ultra-famous and touristy but superior breakfast in a fab setting and much less evidence of the notoriously unsmiling service and lines of befuddled tourists that you get later in the day... opens at 7:30 Mon to Fri and 8:30 at weekends. For a very early breakfast amongst the quartier's more well-heeled residents, Le Castiglione on the rue St Honoré @ rue Castiglione (2 min walk)... opens at 7am. For a petit déj in the quartier's most popular and affordable café, Le Petit Vendôme on the rue des Capucines (5 min walk)... opens at 8 Mon-Fri and 10:30 on Sat.

          1. John Talbott Nov 22, 2013 08:45 AM

            You've got an embarrassment of riches.
            Sorry if I'm thinking East of the Mandarin but that's the way I'm headed:
            Franck Enee
            Le Lulli
            Regalade St Honore
            Racines 2

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              dosage54 Nov 22, 2013 12:55 PM

              These all seem terrific! Want to stay winter casual. Do I flip a coin?

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                Parnassien Nov 22, 2013 01:12 PM

                Flipping a coin is indeed the best way.

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              UPDoc Nov 22, 2013 08:42 AM

              Paris Shuttle has given good service to CDG

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                UPDoc Nov 22, 2013 08:40 AM

                The distance is only 3 Km. Take a taxi

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