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!
La Marée Jeanne-2nd arrondissement
Frederic Hubig, the Earl of Restauration in the Eleventh (Astier, Jeanne A & Sassotondo), has done it again with this instant hit, La Marée Jeanne.
Auberge Nicolas Flamel -3rd Arrondissement
The Prince of Palm Beach had become a regular at my Sunday Salon at the Café de Flore and insisted on treating me to lunch before he said adieu Paris. His choice was the Auberge Nicolas Flamel, housed in a building constructed in 1407. For me, the most important element in a restaurant experience is the warmth of the welcome.Jérome guided us to our seat and welcomed Jeffrey back although he had eaten here only once.
Bagels, Burgers & Blood Marys at Joe Allen
Don’t get me wrong. I love Paris but there are three things that the French know nothing about: Bagels,Burgers & Bloody Marys and you can get them all at the Paris outpost of JOE ALLEN,the famed Manhattan theater district saloon. On the edge of Les Halles it arrived almost simultaneously with the destruction of that culinary icon. I had my first burger there in 1976.
Le Dome du Marais
On the site of a giant “pawnshop” authorized by Louis XVI in 1777 a magnificent dining room emerged under the glass dome in what had been the auction room. This was not the traditional pawnshop with the three hanging balls that we know from film noir. Living on reputation, somewhat like a fallen aristocrat, Dome has been recently taken over by the young restaurateur Cyril Munier who installed the Norman chef Christian LeClere and the results are splendide.
Les Bistronomes-1st arrondissement
The Bistronome wanders the city in search of bistros with excellent food served in a convivial atmosphere.He is on the lookout for generous cuisine made from fresh, seasonal ingredients that are enhanced by the magic of the chef-sort of a flaneur de bistronomy. CyrilIn this case the name fits. Young Cyril Aveline cooked at the Mas Candille in Mougins and was taught by the great Michel Rostang whose Bistro à Coté inspired bistro cooking by Michelin-starred chefs for those who couldn’t afford the prices but wanted some of that experience.
Les Pipos-5th Arrondissement
The International Postmen’s convention was in session at Les Pipos. On hand were Pierre, mon facteur,John Chaney, my old postman back in California and his wife Susanne.
Chez Georges-2nd Arrondissement
One senses that time has stood still when entering Chez Georges, a classic Paris bistro since 1964. Waitresses in black dresses with white aprons, crunchy radishes served with butter and salt as you are seated and handwritten menus. All of the classic dishes are served: marinated herring, paté de compagne, celéri remoulade and of course, entrecote, cote de boeuf, grilled sole, salmon in sorrel sauce to name but a few.
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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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