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48h in Paris, report full of food

Giannis | Nov 6, 201604:09 PM

I was in Paris for 2 days. That was my 5th time (pretty much a trip just for the food) there so I tried to visit some places I had in my mind for a long time. My first lunch was at L' Arpege. I had read mixed reviews about this restaurant but thought I should give it a try this time. Long story short, I was dissapointed. The overall impression we got was like the chef was not present and if so the quality declined. The short menu , the surprise lunch menu, was huge with 16 courses, mostly vegetable and specifically beetroot. (2 courses were to the limits of being unedible), the main meat course was a bit burned, and the second (the chicken) a bit undercooked. Some dishes like the raviolis, tha tarts and a soup were amazing.

Dinner for the same day was at L'ami Louis. Here the chicken had nice flavor, was properly cooked and our wine was also nice. But this place is so sooo expensive. 96 euros for the chicken with some french fries (we didnt got the boiled-fried potatos). On top service was indulgently controversial.

Next day things went better. Our lunch at Epicure in Hotel Le Bristol was as good as it gets. That was one of my best meals thus far. You can see my photos in the link. Service, setting, presentation, preparation were all top.

For dinner we went to Le relais d entrecote, which was again very nice, tasty and very seasonably priced for Parisian standards (or maybe L'ami louis made me think that way).

The last day for breakfast we went to Plaza Athenee which was ok.

During the 2 days I tried a lot of pastries. My favorite by far was the tarte au citron by Jacques Genin. It was excellent. On the other side I was not as impressed as I thought I would be by La Patisserie de reves (paris brest and millefeulle). Carette macarons were amazing as also their eclair au chocolat. Le eclair de genie was also very good with intense flavors in everything I tried, but not the best of the best.

Epicure, Le Bristol Paris (***)

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