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Paris - a few good recs

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Paris - a few good recs

LBQT | Apr 23, 2001 10:54 PM

Just got back from a wonderful, fattening week in Paris. Found a couple of places that are worth sharing with all you hounds planning a visit.

Le Dauphin
167, Rue Saint Honoré
Place André Malraux

A few blocks from the Louvre. Wonderful traditional meals. Each of the five of us loved our meals. Cassosulet was tasty, with lots of meat and a savory duck leg confit. Dorade was perfect, and not overpowered by the sauce and accompaniments. The marbré with foie gras was delicious, and not too rich as a starter. Lamb was luscious, and done perfectly. Service was cheerful and efficient, and prices reasonable. Desserts were absolutely killer!

Le Safran
29, rue d'Argenteuil

In the same area as Le Dauphin. Very small, so small that one waiter with attitude handles the whole room (remember the "soup nazi" from the Seinfeld episode?). The menu offers a "chef's suprise", a prix fixe meal where the catch is that the chef decides what you will be eating. None of us was brave enough to try it. The chef uses organic meats and veggies ("le menu bio") and our meals were amazing. The gallete au foie gras is unforgettable - I almost cancelled my main course in favor of ordering another serving. Sea bass was perfectly done and flavored. Service was slow, leading to a very leisurely meal (it looks like the chef works alone, assisted by one or two others in the kitchen). Although the dessert menu looked promising, we decided not to grow old waiting for it and opted for Berthillon ice cream at a café nearby (Le Musset). The wait for the meal was very well worth it, but we were tired of sitting in the one place. Definitely a place for a long dining experience.

Both places had great wines reasonably. Bon Appetit!

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