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Paris Quintet

Steve P | Nov 2, 2005 08:50 AM

Great weekend just passed as follows:

1)Mon Viel Ami

This a trendy bistro on Isle St Louis owned by Antoine Westermann of 3star Beurheuisel Strabourg fame. Funky alsation interior. Complimentary glass of Pinot Blanc.Stunning Pate en croute with well cooked pork studded with foie gras, savoury jelly and light pastry. Mains of Parmentier (shepherds Pie) made with braised shoulder of venison. Dense and sticky but very hearty. Best was a dish for two people: Braised breast of veal atop the most sweet carrotts , with some potato thickening the gravy. Good focussed wine list with plenty of alsace picks of course. No room for dessert !

2)Hotel Costes

Uber trendy hotel full of beautiful people (and me)Had a quick lunch: Lobster salad and fresh green bean salad. pricey but immaculately fresh and tasty.

3)Allard

Amazing, simply amazing bistro. Zinc bar, very cramped, stiff napery, a real buzz and a good mixture of locals and tourists. Starters of foie gras / cured ham - these were THICK slices ! and cucmber salad which was crunchy and supported a perfect vinageraiette. Mains : Braised beef and carrotts. Fillet steak with trompettes. Dauphinoise. All superb. Famous Duck with Olives for 3 people on next table. Wonderful place, all your dreams of real Paris in one spot.

4)Gournard

An utter disgrace. A one star michelin fish restauarant. This tedious formulaic michelin nonsense is just so bloody boring and soulless and pleasureless, when its not done perfectly. Amuse bouche was utter rubbish : some flecks of tuna in a puree of canellini beans that tasted like baby food. Hordes of nervous waiters fussing aroubd the plate. Try to get you to order deseert at the beginning of the meal - get lost !Constantly topping glasses and fiddling with place settings. All food served on glass square plates drizzled with redundant streaks of balsamic flavoured grot. can barely remember the dishes - just various sea food / fish with pretty stacks of flummery around. Maire D had the personality of a slug. Michelin should get its act together and start dropping these formula places. They are bringing eating out into disrepute. It was more expensive than Ramsay London.I hated every minuet of it. Just otiose idiocy. Full of fat walleted ductile Americans.

5)L'Ami Louis

My first visit and best retsuarnt in the world ! Great waiters, unbelievably carnal menu, fabulous wine list. Lovel old world feel to it. Sunday lunch : Foie gras/ St Jacques Provencal. So sweet and garlicky. Pata Negra. Roast chicken for 2 . All the reviews say its Bresse cciken - it isnt, its Landes. As good as it gets. Entrecote was amazing as well. Charred and raw on one plate, with ur Parsley Butter. Had to leave after mains to cathc eurostar. I will be back.

Conclusion: Michelin has disapperad up its own back side. I wouldnt eat in Gouranrd again if i was paid, but I would have my last meal at L'Ami Louis.

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