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Reminiscense Of Bygone Parisian Dining: The Era Of Elegance

enofile | Jan 1, 2015 10:17 AM

As the proliferation/celebration of young chefs and this bistronomic movement sweep away vestiges of the "old" Parisian dining of rich sauces, elaborate presentation, and dressy aura, I feel the need to exalt the Parisian restaurants of my younger self. On the dawn of this new year, I do yearn for the elegance and sophistication of these now extinct establishments that made "eating out" so special. Casual certainly did not enter into the experience. It was a moment to dress "to the nines," tighten your tie and shine your shoes. The dollar went much further, to coin Monsieur Talbott's phrase, "Yankees" were less about, and my attempt to speak lousy French was appreciated with laughter.

Many of you Chowhounds were not alive when these restaurants were popular. Perhaps some of these chefs are still around, cooking good food. If you know where they are, please let me know. For you older folks, I hope this list helps you remember happy times in the era of dining panache and aplomb.

GERARD BESSON 1ST ARR
LE PETIT COLOMBIER 17TH ARR - BERNARD FOURNIER
LA FERMETTE MARBEUF 1900 8TH ARR
DROUANT 2ND ARR - LOUIS GRONDARD
L'EXCUSE 4TH ARR -
AUBERGE DES DEAUX SIGNES 5TH ARR - GEORGE DHULSTER
AU PACTOLE 5TH ARR - ROLAND MAGNE
LA TIMONERIE 5TH ARR - PHILIPPE DE GIVENCHY
LE CHAT GRIPPE 6TH ARR
LE PARIS 6TH ARR - PHILIPPE RENARD STILL GOING STRONG
ARPEGE 7TH ARR - BEFORE THE VEGETABLE CRAZE
LE BOURDONNAIS 7TH ARR - BEFORE JEAN-FRANCOIS ROUQUETTE COULD
CHARGE PRICES ONLY FIT FOR KINGS
LE PETIT LAURENT 7TH ARR
LE JARDIN DU ROYAL MONCEAU 8TH ARR - BRUNO CIRINO
LA TABLE D'ANVERS 9TH ARR - CHRISTIAN CONTICINI, DESSERTS BY PHILIPPE
LES AMOGINES 11TH ARR - THIERRY COUE
LA GOURMANDISE 12TH ARR - ALAIN DENOUAL
L'OULETTE 12TH ARR - MARCEL BAUDIS
AU PRESSOIR 12TH ARR - HENRI SEGUIN
MONTPARNASSE 25 14TH ARR - JEAN-YVES GUEHO
LES CELEBRITIES 15TH ARR - JACQUES SENECHAL
LA DINEE 15TH ARR - CHRISTOPHE CHABANEL
MOROT-GAUDRY 15TH ARR
JEAN-CLAUDE FERRERO 16TH ARR
VIVAROIS 16TH ARR - CLAUDE PEYROT
AMPHYCLES 17TH ARR - PHILIPPE GROULT
LE RESTAURANT 18TH ARR - YVES PELADEAU
CHEZ FRANCIS 18TH ARR
CHEZ MAITRE PAUL 6TH ARR - CIRCA 1990
LA PETITE TOUR 16TH ARR - FREDDY ISRAEL
LA PETITE AUBERGE 17TH ARR - LEO HARBONNIER
LE BERTHOUD 5TH ARR - SUZANNE KNYCH
LIONEL - 18TH ARR
RESTAURANT MARIE-LOUISE 18TH ARR

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