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Two Down and Two to Go, Plus a Lovely Little Lunch at Au Comptoir

PH Rodgers | Oct 21, 2016 07:33 AM

Thanks to all here who helped my wife and me plan our food itinerary on a short visit to Paris this week.

We began with a dinner at the very traditional Josephine, Chez Dumonet, sticking to old fashioned fare: A slab of foie gras de canard and artichokes in a warm butter sauce for our starters, then duck confit and the famous beef bourguignon. We were happy with all of our choices, but not carried away, save for the duck. Service was pleasant and notwithstanding a very expensive wine list, we found a suitable red Santenay.

For our second dinner we ventured to La Bourse et la Vie and left much more impressed. I had two specials: A superb salad of thinly sliced raw scallops in a light vinegret dressing and a hearty wild boar stew that far eclipsed the conceptually similar beef of the night before. My wife had the baby leek salad with hazelnuts from Piemonte and a perfect steak au poivre that came with frites and a lovely, simple salad in a mild anchovy dressing. She cannot bear anchovies, so I ate it for her quite happily.

We shared the restaurant's best ever crème caramel. With a nice, well priced Crozes-Hermitage and terrrific service, our dinner at La Bourse et la Vie was a total success.

At lunch today, we dropped in at Au Comptoir. We kept it simple: A take on Croque Monsieu made with smoked chicken, classic escargots and a warm sautée of gorgeous cepes. Good all around.

Tonight we head for AG Saint Germain, then a final dinner tomorrow at Bistro Paul Bert. More later.

Restaurant Joséphine Chez Dumonet,
La Bourse et La Vie,
Le Comptoir du Relais,
L’Avant Comptoir
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