Hello Chowhound - Paris branch.
We are going to France once more, this time over the Christmas holidays. We will have an apartment between the Marais and Place de la Republique and intend to cook several dinners in while dining out several times as well. I have made bookings at St. Honore in the 14th, my favourite restaurant from our last trip (which I trust is still as good).
Unfortunately Les Papilles is closed during our stay in Paris. But in looking for another restaurant I came across Le Coq Rico. The reviews are outstanding and I remember friends glowing about it a year ago as well. The menu looks tempting and I'm sure the chicken is fabulous.
But my hesitation is that it's still just roast chicken. I have found in the past that people highly praise restaurants whose food I found merely quite good but not necessarily that amazing, largely because I'm an excellent home cook as well and the greatest praises tend to come from those who don't cook very much at home.
If we will have a kitchen and the ability to roast our own bresse chickens in the rented apartment, will I feel disappointed by a Le Coq meal? I do love a good roast chicken. Even if the chicken turns out to be "excellent but I can still roast something comparable at home" are the supplements and appetisers and desserts make the meal still worth the effort and expense?
I haven't posted in well over a year, not since before the great meltdown of last year. But I'm glad to see there's still some life on the Paris board!