Bistros & Restos 6th to 10th Arr.

Racines des Prés


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Chez Ly



 Just a few blocks off the bustling Champs Elysees M and Mme. Ly have created an elegant oasis of fine Asian dining, combining elements of both Chinese and Thai cuisine. It is a favored destination of the foreign diplomatic corps.  As I arrived I crossed paths with the Chinese Ambassador to France who was to be followed tomorrow by the German Ambassador.



My meal began with steamed shrimp ravioli served à la dim sum as I awaited the arrival of demi bouteille of Crozes-Hermitage.


The next dish was a combination of jumbo shrimp and coquilles Saint-Jacques prepared with sea salt and pepper. Crunchy and greaseless.

To cleanse the palate before the signature Peking duck I was presented with a beef salad with lemongrass.

The famous Peking duck was presented in two servings: the razor thin, crackling skin on the thinnest of crepes was followed by the meat in basil sauce.

A scoop each of green tea and lichi ice cream and this lovely, relaxed and delicious meal was over. but I will be back for a candlelit dinner

Chez Ly

8 rue Lord Byron • 75008

01  46 63 88 68

Bistrot Le Valentino


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Au Petit Tonneau


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Le Select Montparnasse

In the heyday of les années folles you might have discovered Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Picasso, Man Ray, Fujita, or the irrepressible Kiki at the bar, or, on the terrace. And today, Terrance, M, Martin Walker, and Tiffany Hofstetter, discussing politics, art, theatre, literature-ah well, the gamut of culture. We had just seen a a great play at the Lucernaire, on the life of the acerbic critic and author Dorothy Parker, and perhaps inspired by her ever present bottle of Jack Daniels, M and I trotted around the corner to Select for a drink.

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Alcazar-6th arrondissement

Imagine a camera narrowly focusing on an image and then opening up onto a wide-screen panorama and you will have approximated the feeling when you enter Alcazar. This enormous ground floor dining room and wrap around mezzanine has been a fixture in the neighborhood for twenty years, and the just completed renovation with cozy banquettes and plants, has made this grand space warmer and more inviting.

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Penati al Baretto-Elegant Italian Dining in the 8th

Chef Alberico Penati’s resumé includes some of the world’s finest restaurants in London , Paris and grand-luxe hotels in Italy, including the Villa d’Este in Como and the Excelsior in Venice but he was keen to re-establish his presence and his cuisine in Paris and so, in collaboration with his friend and associate, Venetian businessman Pier Silli – founder of the Carpaccio at Royal Monceau – he returned early in 2014, opening Penati al Baretto. A mere six months after his arrival at Penati al Baretto, Chef Alberico Penati has earned a Michelin star.

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Bouillon Chartier

My last visit to Bouillon Chartier, the always jam-packed Paris institution that bubbles with energy and good cheer was in 1995. Happy to report still decent food at ridiculous prices. Today’s visit was prompted by my friend and reader, Angela Bellante, who was in town and celebrating her Steinway birthday-she has as many years as Steinway has keys. After a complimentary kir royal we scanned the extensive menu of classic bistro dishes and ordered a bottle of Klipfel riesling.

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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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