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paris - le bouchon de francois clerc

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paris - le bouchon de francois clerc

angela gilliam | Aug 25, 2004 11:34 AM

we had dinner at the branch in the 5th, rue hotel colbert. we went because it was the only thing open (august), and because we particularly wanted a good wine list. the website pictures tables in a cave, but we were seated upstairs. the room was nice with exposed old beams, but not as nice as downstairs.

The wine list was very nice, and the prices were surprisingly fair. Our dinner guests buy wine from chateaux in france, and noticed at least 3 bottles (including La Nerthe CH9duPape) that were cheaper than chateau price. the list had lots of very good quality wines that are known to french people as good value, but may not be well known in the US. (96 Batailley.... 52 euros..... excellent)

We went with low expectations for food quality, and were pleasantly surprised for the most part. The bread was fantastic, even by parisian standards. The food was cheap; 10E for starters, 20E for mains. Starters (crab timbale, tuna carpaccio) were very nice. Mains were okay, but lacked attention to requested doneness. Cheese course was poorly presented....the waiter hadn't cut off the 'previously exposed' bits before presenting, and tried to serve me a piece with the hardened crusty part. He didn't like my request for a fresh piece....

Service was choppy. Perhaps shortage of staff was due to date (august)??

The best part of the evening was definitely the bottles of wine we consumed, and then the 'lightness' of the bill!!! That being said; I've often had much more disappointing food in London, where we live, for LOTS more money.....

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