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Just returned from the City of Lights

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Just returned from the City of Lights

kittykatkid | Oct 12, 2005 12:31 PM

Hi fellow chowhounds. I just got in late last night from my 4th trip to Paris. It was wonderful, the weather was great, they were having a bit of Indian summer and it was just the best. The food was excellent and I want to share a few of my dining experiences. First a big thank you to Dennis Martin who suggested Le Vieux Bistro across the street from Notra Dame!! I would have never went there without out his reply to my 4 friends in the 4th post. The place is fabulous. I ordered the escargot and the rack of lamb. Superb, my girlfriend had sworn she would NEVER eat "slugs" as she had refered to escargot, well when they came out and she breathed in the aroma of the garlic butter she had to ask to try them. Heaven on earth, she was in love with them. The lamb was excellent, meduim rare, juicy, melt in your mouth. The scalloped potatoes were just perfect!!We both ordered that as our lunch, she had a salad with goat cheese as an first course, which was very good. The lunch was wonderful, good wine, good veiw, very relaxing after a hurried morning of sightseeing. They allowed a really good amount of time between courses, a great spot I would highly reccommend. Take note our first attempt was unsuccessful as they close from 3:00 until 7:30.
Petit Troquet also recommended by a fellow hound. Very good. Charming little place, with the husband cooking and wife being the hostess. Liked dinner so much went back for lunch yesterday before going to the airport. My friend had the pumpkin and chestnut soup, just fabulous. So rich and velvety. I had a mushroom cake, very good,I had the beef bourginon. Tender beef, delious mushrooms, melt in your mouth carrots and potatoes. My friend had the duck, it was excellent, juicy, tender with an excellent crisp skin and tasty demi glace sauce.Again fabulous scallped potatoes. Creme Brulee was the overall winner for dessert. Just perfect, and I am a creme brulee snob!The chocolate cake was just ok. But it is a cute little restaurant with a certain charm. The lunch was killer. I had the foie gras.... to die for, so creamy and rich,made on premises, my friend had the soup again, I had the rabbit lasngna. It was so good, oh my god, excellent,really excellent.
Florimond, had a great stuffed loin of veal and as a starter I had the lobster raviloi, oh it was soooo good, My friend had the beef bourginon which came with another peice of beef.It was translated into face to face beef, It was really good as well. She also had the raviloi. Desserts were just ok there, nothing I would rec.
Au Bon Accueil, one of my favorite Paris spots. There were six of us that night and not a complaint about anything. I had the quail with the foie gras on black truffles.... So good, I thought I was in heaven, the foie gras was incredable. For dinner piegon, on braised leeks. It was perfect, medium, with a perfectly browned skin in a rich dark syrupy sauce. The mashed potatoes were the creamiest, most buttery delisious, just like I remembered them. One of the other girls had a great cream of veg soup, tasted like a cream of watercress soup though, but it was really very good. A few good salads, with shaved parm cheese,was what some of the other dinners had.They all loved it, I did not try so can't comment. Some had the red snapper starter that they all raved about, I personally do like red snapper so I can't comment on that. They also had a pork dish, that was so good, it was a big boneless peice of tenderloin of pork, they all agreed it was very tasty. The desserts were all out of this world, everyone one of us ordered something chocolate, and just great is all I can say, from the simple cake, to the sorbet, to the creme filled pastries, excellent. Great meal, Six of us with 2 bottles of wine and 2 non drinkers, 254 euro!!
I would love continue, but I am so jet lagged, so I have to end here, maybe will report more later. Thanks to all who helped me decide where to dine, your recommendations were right on the money. as usual.

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