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Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

#101 Post by Andrew Kotowski » January 24th, 2019, 8:38 am

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Going to CAM Import/Export this Sunday :) #thesmiths

I took Mike Grammer to Amarante on a Sunday and it was pretty good, iirc.
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I'll strongly support all the recommendations for Clown Bar, as well as the others folks mentioned. Brutos is also on my favorites list for Sunday dining, they do some great grilling there, but it is heavy in natural wines (good ones as well as others, I'll admit).
[wink.gif] BRUTOS Bonjour Kotowski Andrew, Nous avons le plaisir de confirmer votre réservation du jeudi 31 janvier 2019 à 20:00 (4 personnes). [wink.gif]

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#102 Post by Jerry Hey » January 24th, 2019, 4:15 pm

From my one time at Toutain, it's hard to believe it got 2 Michelin stars. Very good food, but the service was so-so as was the wine list. At least I didn't hear any yelling from the kitchen. But I did spent a great night with world famous trumpet soloist extraordinaire Sergei Nakariakov.

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#103 Post by Michel Abood » January 25th, 2019, 5:48 am

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
January 24th, 2019, 8:38 am
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January 24th, 2019, 7:37 am
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Going to CAM Import/Export this Sunday :) #thesmiths

I took Mike Grammer to Amarante on a Sunday and it was pretty good, iirc.
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I'll strongly support all the recommendations for Clown Bar, as well as the others folks mentioned. Brutos is also on my favorites list for Sunday dining, they do some great grilling there, but it is heavy in natural wines (good ones as well as others, I'll admit).
[wink.gif] BRUTOS Bonjour Kotowski Andrew, Nous avons le plaisir de confirmer votre réservation du jeudi 31 janvier 2019 à 20:00 (4 personnes). [wink.gif]
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Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

#104 Post by Ramon C » January 26th, 2019, 7:18 am

Anybody here lunched at La Comptoir de la Gastronomie? Wife booked it for lunch as am a fan of Southwest foods (casssoulet, duck confit) and our go-to L'Assiette is closed the only day we can.
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#105 Post by Andrew Kotowski » January 26th, 2019, 7:32 am

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Anybody here lunched at La Comptoir de la Gastronomie? Wife booked it for lunch as am a fan of Southwest foods (casssoulet, duck confit) and our go-to L'Assiette is closed the only day we can.
I’ve taken a couple of groups there, as the place is well known for their escargot and I had a couple of teams obsessed with ordering it. The restaurant is paired with a store that sells gourmet canned food, so you can bring stuff home if you like it (foie, rilletes, etc). Food itself was pretty good and my visitors were happy, so was a win. It’s highly rated on Yelp.

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#106 Post by Ramon C » January 27th, 2019, 7:42 am

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Anybody here lunched at La Comptoir de la Gastronomie? Wife booked it for lunch as am a fan of Southwest foods (casssoulet, duck confit) and our go-to L'Assiette is closed the only day we can.
I’ve taken a couple of groups there, as the place is well known for their escargot and I had a couple of teams obsessed with ordering it. The restaurant is paired with a store that sells gourmet canned food, so you can bring stuff home if you like it (foie, rilletes, etc). Food itself was pretty good and my visitors were happy, so was a win. It’s highly rated on Yelp.
Thanks. I hope it works out for us. If it doesn't, there's still the Septime dinner to look forward to that evening.
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Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

#107 Post by Andrew Kotowski » January 27th, 2019, 1:01 pm

Always incredible. They have beer, which is a better pairing imho, but I didn’t see it on the menu. Just ask.

BTW - to save you some time, here's their email, which I haven't see published. <camresas@gmail.com>
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#108 Post by Andrew Kotowski » January 30th, 2019, 11:48 am

Juvéniles still firing on all cylinders. I called 30 mins ahead as a party of 1 and told them they could stick me in the corner. Margaux laughed and accommodated. 2013 Clape Cornas At 90 euros is dead center in my wheelhouse and I almost started clapping as I powered through my foie.

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#109 Post by Andrew Kotowski » January 31st, 2019, 3:51 am

FWIW - I love this lady's site, and she has several of our collective favorites on it. Might consider bookmarking it, as she updates much more frequently than other sites (Paris by Mouth, Leibowitz, etc.) -> http://www.parisfoodaffair.com/new-pari ... wine-bars/

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#110 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » January 31st, 2019, 6:59 pm

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
January 31st, 2019, 3:51 am
FWIW - I love this lady's site, and she has several of our collective favorites on it. Might consider bookmarking it, as she updates much more frequently than other sites (Paris by Mouth, Leibowitz, etc.) -> http://www.parisfoodaffair.com/new-pari ... wine-bars/
Only 8 posts in 2018.

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#111 Post by M.Kaplan » January 31st, 2019, 7:19 pm

John Talbott updates his site weekly. Worth a read.

https://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/j ... tts_paris/
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Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

#112 Post by Andrew Kotowski » February 1st, 2019, 2:07 am

Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
January 31st, 2019, 6:59 pm
Andrew Kotowski wrote:
January 31st, 2019, 3:51 am
FWIW - I love this lady's site, and she has several of our collective favorites on it. Might consider bookmarking it, as she updates much more frequently than other sites (Paris by Mouth, Leibowitz, etc.) -> http://www.parisfoodaffair.com/new-pari ... wine-bars/
Only 8 posts in 2018.
Was thinking more in terms of her bulk uploads (i.e. 8 reviews), relative to Paris by Mouth, which was my standard while I was here, but had review quotes for their top X lists dating to like 2010.

For what it's worth, Brutos was hit/miss last night. Food was good, but was not a fan of the wine list to save my life. If you're just visiting, I would not put it on the list :( I'd sooner go to l'Ogre (16th), which has more cuts of meat (not at the higher quality level like Brutos - i.e. Normande, Simmental, etc), a better wine list in my sweet spot (CdR, especially Crozes Hermitage) and usually easier to get a seat at. Only downside is it's not quite as English friendly...

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#113 Post by Michel Abood » February 2nd, 2019, 3:53 am

Dinner last night with Andrew and my British ex-pat buddy Neil at Paul Bert was fantastic. Felt like I was home.

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Fried monkfish cheeks

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Andrew loving his Grand Marnier soufflé

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#114 Post by c fu » February 5th, 2019, 10:38 am

aight kiddos

Leaving for France friday

Arrive saturday - immediately head to lunch at La Cagouille

Dinner at Petit Sommelier

sunday
lunch - clown bar or Mr. T (haven't decided yet but have res at both)
dinner - les bons george
Looking to snack at enfants du marche/verre vole during the afternoon

burgundy

come back 13th for dinner at vantre

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#115 Post by Peter Kleban » February 5th, 2019, 12:03 pm

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#116 Post by patrick c albright » February 8th, 2019, 3:02 pm

i like verre volle, but i think there are much better choices with your limited time

in terms of wine, it really depends who is on the floor
a couple of times i was taken back into the walk-in cellar and another time it was a whole lot of nothing
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aight kiddos

Leaving for France friday

Arrive saturday - immediately head to lunch at La Cagouille

Dinner at Petit Sommelier

sunday
lunch - clown bar or Mr. T (haven't decided yet but have res at both)
dinner - les bons george
Looking to snack at enfants du marche/verre vole during the afternoon

burgundy

come back 13th for dinner at vantre

keeping it simple!
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#117 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » February 8th, 2019, 5:45 pm

patrick c albright wrote:
February 8th, 2019, 3:02 pm
i like verre volle, but i think there are much better choices with your limited time

in terms of wine, it really depends who is on the floor
a couple of times i was taken back into the walk-in cellar and another time it was a whole lot of nothing
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February 5th, 2019, 10:38 am
aight kiddos

Leaving for France friday

Arrive saturday - immediately head to lunch at La Cagouille

Dinner at Petit Sommelier

sunday
lunch - clown bar or Mr. T (haven't decided yet but have res at both)
dinner - les bons george
Looking to snack at enfants du marche/verre vole during the afternoon

burgundy

come back 13th for dinner at vantre

keeping it simple!
Note fu is going there for snacks, apparently unchaperoned by the wife.

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#118 Post by Michel Abood » February 19th, 2019, 6:54 am

I just got back from 3 weeks in France and had some amazing meals (shocking, I know). Favorite places included:

-Shu (Kushiage style literal underground hole in the wall - it was an old coal storage basement, Chef is NY-born, CA-raised, and worked in Tokyo and Paris before opening this in 2009): http://restaurant-shu.com/
-Enfants du Marche (last stall where Chef Masahide Ikuta and French partner Mika have teamed up to create fantastic dishes paired with bright natural wines): https://lesenfantsdumarche.fr/
-CAM Export/Import (quickly becoming a classic go-to on each of my trips):
-Paul Bert (OK, traditional but always a good meal)
-Aux Deux Amis (also another go-to for each of my trips due to consistently inventive and delicious fare accompanied by great wine list - mostly natural but well-chosen for the most part): https://www.facebook.com/Aux-Deux-Amis-120307971356817/

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Also, we had a beautifully inventive lunch in, of all places, Courteron, Champagne (it's rare that countryside places are open at this time of year), while visiting Champagne Fleury, at a place called Le Garde Champetre. It's run by an Australian, Matt Robertson, with another Aussie and a German sous-chef, with a French hostess. The food is all locally-sourced, and the wine list is from the folks who run Semilly and Freddy's. If you're in the area, it's a must-visit: http://legardechampetre.fr/
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#119 Post by Corey N. » February 19th, 2019, 7:26 am

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-CAM Export/Import (quickly becoming a classic go-to on each of my trips):
CAM was very good. It reminded be a lot of Atoboy in NYC, though I think the latter is a touch more refined.
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#120 Post by Michael Klein » February 22nd, 2019, 8:24 am

From my recent trip, highlights include:

- L'Assiette - thank you to WB for the recs here. Cassoulet was epic. Creme caramel desert was also epic. Perfect meal for a winter night in Paris.
- Septime - amazing. Venison entree was fantastic.
- Septime La Cave - I was here twice. Very fun natural wine bar across/owned by Septime.
- Danico - Inside Daroco - great cocktail spot and small bites.

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#121 Post by Ramon C » March 1st, 2019, 9:20 am

Just adding on to this helpful thread with some thoughts on an extended 4-night weekend trip, primarily and hopefully to discover new wow dining places. Unfortunately, not much to report on the wine front as, aside from 2 of the meals, the rest involved ordered wines by the glass.

Restaurants in Paris 2/08/19 to 2/12/19

Cucina Napoletana (4th Arr.) – Slept in at the hotel after arriving noontime and without reservations for the evening’s (Friday) dinner. So, walked around and into this restaurant, hoping for something light to eat before retiring back to catch up on more sleep. Shared pizza with heavy/doughy crust and entrée of beef cheeks didn’t endear themselves to me, but a nice unknown-to-me Italian bottle of Vino Nobile was pretty good. Restaurant got very busy and crowded as evening progressed. I wouldn’t say that this restaurant was the highlight of our dining experience.

Juveniles (1st Arr.) - Perhaps, I was expecting something more robust, but the wine list did not excite nor impress, nor was it robust. Food didn’t help much to excite, either. I found pedestrian bistro menu that somewhat reminded me of winemakers’ menu in regional wine regions. I found my lamb dish tough and a little overcooked; but wife’s duck breast dish was better. Good service, though.

Les Enfants du Marché (3rd Arr.) – Already well documented in this board with the well-deserved popularity and nicely-executed dishes. My only gripe is the wait for wine glass refills by the very, very occupied service staff. Seafood-based dishes are a must order here! I’d echo others who recommended, but would caution those who are against open-air ambiance (expect to be uncomfortable in hot summer days), tight spaces and stool-counter seating.

Jones Café and Restaurant (11th Arr.) - We cancelled our dinner at Le Bon Georges and decided to stay within short walking distance to the hotel by taking on a restaurant that was recommended by a local chef friend. Very glad we did! This almost plain and bare-looking bistro, populated with plenty of black sweaters, turtlenecks and beards, truly wowed with the excellent execution of shared plates of shaved pork, bulot, pappardelle and dessert, among others. While this place is not for those looking for non natural wines, the bottle of natural cabernet franc (Ni Ni Rouge “Bien Au Contraire”) that I had was, shall we say, naturally paired well with all the dishes we had. Service can be a bit hurried, but will not prevent us from going again when we make our way back to Paris.

Le Baron Rouge (12th Arr.) – Can a be a bit daunting to go to for those not wanting to venture into the locals, mostly North African market area of Place d’Aligre, but this is a must visit for us every time in Paris for the very lively market environment. A stop here usually means a quick lunch or snack of mixed pates and cold cuts, a plate of freshly shucked oysters and a carafe or 2 of the featured wines. Noisy, busy and over-flowing wines is the norm. Never failed to enjoy when in this place.

Septime (11th Arr.) –Nothing much to add to most posts here about the coolness of the space and the excellent kitchen-work. The mix of flavors and ingredients are well thought out and nicely executed, especially the beautiful balance of proteins and vegetables.

Freddy’s (6th Arr.) - A lunch to consider should you find yourself in the busy part of 6th and need a walk-in place. Small plates, but the lunch prix fixe at under Euro20 is worth a quick stop. Wine list is surprisingly well represented by stuff I like, especially given that this appears to be primarily a tapas joint.

Vantre (11th Arr.) – Another excellent recommendation by our local friend. A wine list that’s as thick as one of those ancient accounting ledger books, an owner/operator who is passionate and helpful in suggesting the wines to pair with their dishes, and a sommelier who appears to tag-team with the owner and who will politely and expertly guide you based on description of how you like your wines. That’s just the wine part. We came for lunch before flying out that evening and the offered prix fixe, with Italian twists, were memorably delicious and made for good wine drinking. All our dishes were standouts, from starters of gnocchi and beef tartare to the mains of pork shoulder and fried white fish. Along with Jones, this was the other standout restaurant on this trip.
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#122 Post by Michel Abood » March 1st, 2019, 10:59 am

Looking through my pictures I realized I forgot to mention one of my last dinners in Paris was at an Italian joint in the 11th, Retro Bottega (https://www.laretrobottega.com/). It's primarily Puglian food from a Puglian chef, Pietro, with a ton of well-chosen Italian natural wines (several of which I import so that was nice to see). The menu is tight and well-focused, the food exquisitely fresh, the pasta home-made, and service very warm and friendly. The space is VERY cramped, but that just makes for fun conversations with your neighbors. Pietro wanders the tight confines, calling out loudly the dishes of the day and making sure everyone is satisfied. The only miss was dessert, which while delicious was way too rich for me, but I just shared a bite with a friend as I'm not much on desserts, I prefer cheese.

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#123 Post by Andrew Kotowski » March 1st, 2019, 2:54 pm

All of the spaces are really cramped :D Both Clown Bar and CAM have kitchens that can fit inside a food truck.

Speaking of CAM, I have dinner plans there on Sunday... Too funny that out of all of the places in Paris, I can't stop going back there and it's not for the wine or "French" food. It's just really good. And I like the Smiths.

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#124 Post by Michel Abood » March 1st, 2019, 4:47 pm

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All of the spaces are really cramped :D Both Clown Bar and CAM have kitchens that can fit inside a food truck.

Speaking of CAM, I have dinner plans there on Sunday... Too funny that out of all of the places in Paris, I can't stop going back there and it's not for the wine or "French" food. It's just really good. And I like the Smiths.
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#125 Post by Andrew Kotowski » March 4th, 2019, 12:48 am

CAM was on point again last night, and might be the only place I eat all of my vegetables now :). Sat next to the kitchen and watched him break-down dry-aged beef for the tartare (see pic below), which was fun. Couple of pics below (spicy quail, sizzling seafood on crispy rice) just for the hell of it. Have to say that could drink the orange wine they were serving out of a sippy cup!
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#126 Post by Robert Dentice » March 4th, 2019, 3:52 am

Can't wait to go back to CAM. Hit up Atoboy last night for my usual Sunday dinner.

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#127 Post by G. Greenbaum » March 4th, 2019, 9:16 am

It appears CAM is no reservations unless a 6 top. How long are the typical waits? Are weekends crowded? Am I correct they are closed Mon & Tu?
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#128 Post by Andrew Kotowski » March 4th, 2019, 10:30 am

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It appears CAM is no reservations unless a 6 top. How long are the typical waits? Are weekends crowded? Am I correct they are closed Mon & Tu?
I've never had a problem showing up right at 7. By 8:15, they're turning people away, at least on Sundays. There's a little bar at the front you can sit at, as well.

I'd note that it's super small; the pic above is taken from our table... just a giant window separating the dining room from the food truck-sized kitchen.

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#129 Post by Andrew Kotowski » March 5th, 2019, 2:16 pm

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- Danico - Inside Daroco - great cocktail spot and small bites.
Sitting at the bar here with a couple of buddies from work. Thank you for the recommendation; this place is fantastic. 14 euro cocktails and they’re top notch. Bartender said this is the second bar for Nico de Soto (Mace, NY)

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#130 Post by Andrew Kotowski » March 6th, 2019, 1:12 pm

I continue to be a fan of Arnaud Nicolas. Best part is that he serves vegetarian/pescatarian food, so I was able to dive face first into plate after plate of foie gras starters and not feel guilty :)
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#131 Post by Andrew Kotowski » March 7th, 2019, 3:40 am

Last post for this trip. I wanted to replenish my bourbon stash (ironic, but Maison du Whisky at Odeon has great stuff), so I stopped in for lunch at L’Avant Comptoir (terre). The food has been great, but the guy running the counter is a dick with ears. There are two other people in here and he can’t be bothered with anything that could be potentially misconstrued as customer service. YMMV, but too many other great places in Paris to settle with this guy.

And yeah, the butter is great :)
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Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated November 2018)

#132 Post by Michael Klein » March 7th, 2019, 9:16 am

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
March 5th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Michael Klein wrote:
February 22nd, 2019, 8:24 am
From my recent trip, highlights
- Danico - Inside Daroco - great cocktail spot and small bites.
Sitting at the bar here with a couple of buddies from work. Thank you for the recommendation; this place is fantastic. 14 euro cocktails and they’re top notch. Bartender said this is the second bar for Nico de Soto (Mace, NY)
nice! check out the bites over at daroco too if you have a chance. Excellent pizza/pastas. My wife and I ended up eating here late on a Sunday night after a long afternoon at Concrete - but that is for another thread!

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