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Jul 24, 2014 05:28 AM

Paris - Saturday lunch

I know, I know, the search function etc. etc., but I'm asking anyway!

The lowdown:

In Paris with some friends, for the day, one Saturday in September
Purpose of visit: luncheon
Requirements: good food, no dirty protest on a plate nonsense, sensible but interesting wine list, open on a Saturday (obviously)
We're all from London, but, to give an indication of the places we like: Assador Extebarri, The Walnut Tree, 11 Madison, Casse Croute, Medlar, Zucca, L'Enclume

Hopeful that your suggestions can direct me away from all the places which are shut at the weekend ....



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  1. Could you tell us what dirty protest on a plate nonsense is, so that we may be able to advise you? It might be something we get twice a day, who knows.
    Also, could you be more specific than just "good food" or non-protest food ?

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    1. re: Parigi

      Ah, the dirty protest: the insistence of smearing an unidentifiable mousse / reduction / foam across an (often bizarrely-shaped) plate.

      So by 'good', assume 'unpretentious', and ,given the circumstances, somewhere French or at least Old World in its culinary influence.

      1. re: Parigi

        Chez Denise is good and old school, Pirouette is a bit newer school but no protests.

        1. re: John Talbott

          Chez Denise is only open Monday through Friday.

          1. re: mangeur

            Ah yes.
            Then Pirouette.
            If the OP is absolutely protest-phobic, there is also Jeanne B rue Lepic- yes, open Saturday afternoon.

                1. re: John Talbott

                  You might want to also check out the MiniPalais, Thoumieux & Christophe (although he indicated he would be closing definitively - a real loss.)

                  1. re: John Talbott

                    Christophe not open Saturday lunch according to Lobrano.

                    How about Le Voltaire for guaranteed no protest?

                    1. re: John Talbott

                      Well, I just got a Facebook message from Christophe that said
                      "Christophe Philippe
                      comptoir canailles
                      rue rodier
                      which I guess means he's now there.
                      Good news for those of us who like his cooking.

                        1. re: Parigi

                          So hold off going until the rentrée, eh?

                          1. re: John Talbott

                            Alright I'll wait. Until 6 September when I'll be pigging out in Basque Country again.

                        2. re: John Talbott

                          This could as easily go on the "pesky" thread since it's all locals all the time at the Comptoir Canailles in the 9th: wonderful aged (in the window-case) beef, beautiful risotto and bulots with creamy corn like I've never had - all with Christophe Philippe who walked away from Chez Christophe in the 5th earlier this summer, in the room but not cooking.
                          More at

          2. Chez l'Ami Jean. Sat lunch is more relaxed than dinners, without having the business crowd of other lunches. A no-brainer for me.

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            1. re: souphie

              Nor for me. But John Talbott will issue a fatwa again if I recommend it.

              1. re: Parigi

                All fatwa's are now lifted. This includes Chez L'Ami Jean and Maceo, however, we, the royal we, make an exception for McDo's and Flunch, on which they hold.
                John Talbott aka Fatwa-John.
                Seriously, though, about Christophe, if/when he closes it will be a tragedy (I blame it on the never-ending construction of the square out front, almost equaling that of the Picasso Museum).

                1. re: John Talbott

                  re Christophe, I think its death by joylessness. Cuisine was usually very good but the ambiance was often quite a downer.

                  1. re: Parnassien

                    " joylessness.... the ambiance was often quite a downer."
                    Great subject for a new thread - Joyful vs joyless.
                    So I'll throw out Chez Michel as the King of joyless ambiance and the Bistro du Dome as the Queen of Joyfulness.

                    1. re: John Talbott

                      I elect the former Le Divellec Le Roi de Grim. You'd think you were dining in a secret cell of the Vatican, which would explain the heavenly food in divine grim.

                      1. re: John Talbott

                        "...Chez Michel as the King of joyless ambiance..."

                        We only survived one evening there, but rather than joyless it was more like dining in a war zone. The waitstaff standing around for long stretches, not withstanding all kinds of lapsed service, interspersed with active combat with Breton as he exploded out of the kitchen into their space behind the bar. Quite unnerving.

                        1. re: mangeur

                          You can have war zone AND heavenly food chez l'Ami Jean.

                    2. re: John Talbott

                      Relieved to know Burger King is OK. There's one on the highway near Beaune now. Good times.

                2. I'm joining the l'Ami Jean cheerleading squad for this one. Cramped but if the OP can take Casse Croûte in London, he/she can take l'Ami Jean.

                  Second choice: Les Climats on the rue de Lille in the 7th... very good (but not mindblowing) modern yet restrained cuisine....lovely space for a civilized lunch... but the all-Burgundy wine list might be a yawn for some.

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                  1. re: Parnassien

                    " Les Climats", second, no protest plates there.

                  2. We loved Aux Tonneaux des Halles. Went there on the rec from this post of David Lebovitz. Open Saturdays.