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Allard, Paris?

cortez | May 3, 201504:15 PM

My wife and I have booked an upcoming trip to Paris and are drawing up our list of possible restaurants to visit. We're steering away from the 3 star experience (no Le Cinq this time) in favor of less formal places featuring more updated options (eg Spring, Frenchie) or more classic choices (eg Benoit, Paul Bert). One name that intrigues us is Allard by Allain Ducasse in the 6th, near our hotel.

Our research reveals a strongly split opinion on Allard via the various feedback we've read on food/travel sites.

On the positive side:

* Allard is classic bistro lovingly updated by the Ducasse group. Atmosphere is intimate and the traditional strengths (duck for 2 with green olives; sole for two) remain and are delicious. Wine list is interesting and fairly priced. Place to return to again and again.

On the negative side:

* Allard is modern facsimile of what tourists think a Parisian bistro should be. Food is routine and service can be rude. It's a former classic that now caters to tourists (no Parisians to be seen) where the food has declined. It now falls into the "tourist trap" camp of the formerly interesting Brasserie Lipp and La Coupole. Avoid.

Ok, Chowhounds, can I hear your comments on Allard? Which camp are you in? Thanks for your thoughts and advice.

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