Dining out in Paris should be fun, relaxing andnever, never stressful. Whether a 3-star restaurant or a neighborhood bistro there should always be a warm welcome and an excellent rapport qualité-prix-a positive relationship between price and quality. Bon appétit!
Emporio Armani Caffé
It was one of those far niente days and I was meeting my friend Albert on the just remodeled Emporio Armani Caffé for lunch and a view of the passing parade. Across the blvd. Saint-Germain from the Café de Flore it attracts many of the same clients: actors, actresses, writers, and elegant shoppers who choose it for a business meeting, a quiet meal with a friend or lover or even alone as the charming woman to my left.
Café Tournon-6th arrondissement
Walk in and take a step back in time to 1952-George Plimpton , Richard Wright and the ever lingering ghost of Josef Roth. Fortunately the new owners have done nothing to update the café and it looks much as it did in the halcyon days of the 1950s.
I had my first meal here on a cold Saturday afternoon in November of 1995, moules frites with a 25cl of Muscadet and have been coming back ever since-the kind of place that I would often seek out when alone and just looking for an informal, inexpensive meal in pleasant surroundings.
What do you give a man on his 67th birthday? M had the answer: dinner at La Méditerranée.
It was Saturday Jan 2 and most bistros were closed for the extended New Year’s holiday. Sandwiched between Huiterie Regis and the Golfe de Naples we discovered the Mandarin, a family-owned and operated Thai restaurant with a Chinese name and a few Vietnamese dishes.
Often proclaimed as Paris’ first café, it was opened by Francesco Procopio Del Cotelli in 1686 and was the meeting place of Ben Franklin, Denis Diderot and Voltaire, who was known to consume up to 40 cups per day. Many of the great thoughts of the Age of Enlightenment were developed here.
The menu is vast but we wanted simplicity today so we shared an antipasto that Luca, the charming Napoleatano owner served us from the groaning table of cippolini, red and yellow sweet peppers, carciofi, funghi, white beans and zucchini.
On the site of the magnificent Telephone & Telegraph building dating to the 1920s, Les Climats has risen, serving superb food, exceptional wines and charming service in a stunning environment.
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No one should have a bad meal in Paris! Whether a 2-star restaurant or a local bistro there should always be an excellent rapport qualité prix– relationship between price and quality. At my favorites you will be treated as a regular and have a satisfying experience. Just tell them “Terrance sent you.”
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