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Just got back from a quick trip to Paris, read a lot of posts here before I went and based on other reports and recommendations had dinner at Zebulon, La Condesa, La Bourse et la Vie (ate at Spring many moons ago) and just coincidentally, a dinner at Neva, which was close to my hotel.
Also had a great lunch at the counter at Pierre Sang. This meal was after a rough start with a terrible ham/cheese crepe at a local brasserie in the 9th and a terrible dinner at a place near Neva (can't remember the name)....but after that, it was all uphill.
At Pierre Sang was served an amazing scallop in a mushroom sauce, followed by my favorite magret de canard with potato puree and cauliflower. With a glass of wine and a bottle of water, E34.50, it was worth every penny. That night was Neva, nice dinner, don't know if I would have gone out of my way to eat there, but food was very good, fois gras followed by sea bass, then a chocolate dessert that melted before my eyes. My friend has the duck, all was very good and reasonable.
Zebulon was great, slices of guinea hen for an app followed by veal cheeks over polenta, my friend had the lamb. I found the service great. La Bourse et la Vie was very good, but nothing fancy, just good quality ingredients plainly made (grilled steak, magret de canard for me again, served as a charcouterie.
The creme de la creme was La Condesa, we had a similar meal to the description I recently found here....except for the meat course we were served Guinea hen instead of lamb, with the same sides (eggplant and tomato puree, where other people had lamb, when I asked, I was told the meat was served at the discretion of the chef, thought it was very strange and would have rather had the lamb....but for the price (68E for 6 courses) and the quality, it was well worth it. A similar meal in NY would have been at least twice the price.
So thank you to all who write their food reports, they are much appreciated and my fellow chow hound colleagues have rarely steered me wrong.
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