As long as l am posting about food prices in Paris, here is another discussed issue. A Cotes de Boeuf at L'Ami Louis for two costs 136 Euros or $ 180. This is not a measly sum by any means. You can get a cotes de boeuf for two at many restaurants in Paris for 50 euros and up. My thought has always been, Louis is not inherently more expensive, the raw product is considerately more expensive. To demonstrate, Louis gets his meat from Desnoyers, one of the top Parisian butchers and pays a chunk for that chunk of meat. Meat BTY you could not walk in and buy without developing a long and trusting relationship with the butcher.
Also those other cotes de boeuf whether 50 euros or 90 euros do not come close to L'Ami Louis' in quality. Places like Severo, Chez J Dumonet, Chez Denise all serve good food but their CdB is not close to Louis due to the meat cooked.
The purpose of this tirade is that for lunch today l was with friends and served was a cotes de boeuf from another high level Parisian butcher. It was from a Norman steer and while a little smaller than the cotes from Louis cost retail 115 euros, again to cook yourself. My point is that L'Ami Louis is a bargain, granted not on the wine but certainly on the food.
OTOH the cepes l had for lunch were the cepes one dreams of and rarely if ever gets, they were a wow !
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