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Back in Paris after 6 years - where to eat?

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tartare Jan 24, 2014 12:43 PM

I have not been to Paris in 6 years and all my friends have moved away so don't have locals to turn to - And from the little research I have done (mostly via Anthony Bourdain), it seems like a lot has changed.

I really want to have a knock your socks off, spectacular, crying while I eat, dining experiences...

The three places I am considering are:

Frenchie
L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Le Comptoir
Chateaubriand

Thoughts? Other suggestions? I am guessing I can squeeze 7 - 10 meals (lunches/dinners).

I would like to include a beautiful, cold seafood tower in there as well. Other than that I am open to any cuisine and neighborhood.

I will be in town for 3 nights 4 days at the end of February - hoping I am planning early enough to get reservations.

Thank you in advance!

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  1. John Talbott RE: tartare Jan 24, 2014 01:05 PM

    "I really want to have a knock your socks off, spectacular, crying while I eat, dining experiences... "
    Oh my goodness gracious, you've come to the wrong place, I feel for you tartare.
    I love:
    "Frenchie
    L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
    Le Comptoir"
    but they are yesterday, and if you want "knock your socks off, spectacular, crying" etc., you've gotta stretch a bit.
    "knock your socks off, spectacular, crying" food experiences" are not commonplace, people go back to what they trust - Maceo (chefJune), L'Ami Jean (Pti and Parigi), Les Papilles/etc. (Mangeur) and I respect that, but for "knock your socks off, spectacular, crying" stuff try Le BAT, David Toutain and Franck Enee, underappreciated on CH except by our lodestar Parnassien.
    For starred places, you've got to do a search.

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      tartare RE: John Talbott Jan 24, 2014 01:23 PM

      Merci John!
      It'll be my first "real" trip with my husband since having our daughter (in 2010) - so I will admit that we may be easy to please and to cry.

      Thank you so much for the recommendations!

      I edited my original message and added Chateaubriand - do you also love this restaurant?

      Again thank you so much - very helpful - I think between all of these I should be able to land reservations somewhere to cry my heart out... ;-)

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        John Talbott RE: tartare Jan 25, 2014 01:36 AM

        "Chateaubriand - do you also love this restaurant?"
        No, Inaki Aizpitarte is too inconsistent; brilliant one minute, banal the next. Chateaubriand, however, is a step up from Le Transversal, his (former) place at MAC/VAL where he did goofy stuff like dump down an unsliced beet for 9 or 10 E.

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          tartare RE: John Talbott Jan 25, 2014 12:06 PM

          Thank you again!

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            John Talbott RE: tartare Jan 25, 2014 12:11 PM

            But I'm just one contrarian voice; listen to others who love it. And I love him, when he's on.

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              tartare RE: John Talbott Jan 25, 2014 03:43 PM

              D'accord - I think it will be a matter of reservation availability - but I have a great list to work from. Thanks again!

    2. Rio Yeti RE: tartare Jan 25, 2014 01:56 AM

      I'm with John on David Toutain. I have to say I rarely cry at a restaurant, but this has been the closest I've come to tearing up in a long time.

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        tartare RE: Rio Yeti Jan 25, 2014 12:07 PM

        Sold - merci!

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