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Paris review- so many restos so little time

capeanne | May 2, 2008 05:15 PM

Arrived alone on Thurs eve. Great apartment and location in 7e Had planned Au Petit Tonneau but rain foiled the walk. Did Les Cocettes as our apartment was around the corner from Rue Saint Dominique . Sat at bar. Had amazing white asparagus soup with dollop of creme fraiche and herbed crouton . Ordered badly for plat and had a Thai Chicken but it too was a soup and with the rain and slurping I was tired of liquid. But managed a good amount of vin blanc ...it was good and I recommend . Husband arrived next morning. Lunch at resto across the street on Rue De La Bourdannais called ( I think) Le Petit Sud Ouest. Well they do duck and I mean they really do duck .I had confit served with the lightest pillow like fried potatoes and delicious ceps. This is a Mom and Pop place and it is terrific .I highly recommend for lovely service , very good duck, reasonable prices and support of a couple who are trying hard and succeeding. Friday night we had friends joining us for weekend and wanted a special night. I am hesitant to even type this name as it is not well known to us tourists but Dominique Bouchet delivered in a big way. We ( table of 5 ) had the tasting and Mon Dieu was it wonderful . the best meal of our totally delicious trip. Each course perfectly paced and we were more than sated but not uncomfortable . If I recall it was in the vicinity of 90 Euros pp..a lovely room and exemplary service. And we had a couple of great bottles of vin. Saturday the biggest mistake. We only plan dinner and tend not to do lunch or if we do lunch we do it on the fly wherever we are . We were waiting for a particular shoppe to open in the 4e and on a hot day ( yes it was very sunny and temps in the low 80's ) we sat at the first shady table we found. ughh Chez Julien. Just don't go and I don't care if you are dropping from starvation . Enough said. That evening we went to a A Beaulliviers . We hadn't heard much about this place and we used a local concierge to make reservations and they said it was good. and it was . Not memorable but good . Atmosphere was an A+ as we had a beautiful night and sat on the patio which overlooks the streets below and has green leafy roof . The food a B . But a great wine list and we drank 2 Condrieux the second of which drank like a red and did well with plats of beef, veal and lamb. Very good service but not a return destination.Came to about 900 US for 5 people with appertifs , dinners and 2 bottles . Sunday nite back to just the 2 of us we snagged a table at Table Joel Robuchon. It was late and I was perhaps cranky as we had rented car and driven many hours to visit friends in Auxerre and return traffic was awful but the food was indeed good but the portions TOO large for a tasting and SLOW , if we experienced it all ( and I bailed at the first dessert ) it would have been over 3 hours . Most remarkable was a bottle of white Nuits St Georges It tied with a later experience as our 2nd favorite dinner . Monday nite Au Bascou. Not at all what I expected . In Boston it would appear from the street to be a neighborhood bar . We were seated at the table hugged in by the front door so I can't really comment on restaurant atmospherics. All I know is that I had their signature veal stew and would have been happy to pass on to the restaurant God at that point ...it was gastrogasmic. I have never left a cleaner plate in Paris. And it was the cheapest ( if there is such a thing with the exchange rate ) we had .Last nite in Paris and we had made a reservation at Les Elysees based on Souphies recommendation but with the unknown factor of the Chef leaving and rumors of cancellations...we cancelled and went back and forth re what to do, what to do? Well we got a table at Auguste and we are glad we did. Tied with Robuchon. Spare lovely room. exceptional service and I did an entree that is indescribable ...billed as black corn with ham and egg,,,it was like a nutty risotto with bits of smoky ham and a big fat egg on top...and the breast of Bresse chicken was again fabulous ... and a fine Vosgne Romanee . We are home I am missing Paris and hope this is helpful to some of you. Bonne Nuit

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