Good day Alec!
My boyfriend and I are very much looking forward to our stay in Paris from December 27-January 2. We were wondering if you have some restaurants that you would recommend for Haute Cuisine; preferably Michelin star rated. Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
I don't usually pay a lot of attention to Michelin stars, so instead I'd follow the grades--A, A-, B+ on this site through the index and see if you find something that sounds good. You might also glance at HUNGRY FOR PARIS in print for reviews of some of the best-known Paris restaurants. One way or another, it'd be a good idea to make some reservations before you arrive, since this is a busy time of the year, and some of my favorite restaurants, like Yam'Tcha or Septime, fill up really quickly. Best, Alec
Thank you so much for your response and your book. My friends and I ended up frequenting 5 of your recommendations - 4 in the book (Cheri Bibi, Chapeau Melon, Bambou and Au Petit Marguery) and one on your blog (La Bonne Francaise sp?) These establishments served some of the best dishes I have tasted thus far in my life!
On one occasion unfortunately we ended up frequenting Polidor Restaurant based on another friend's recommendation, and I certainly would call it an official tourist trap. The dishes were simple, but not prepared well. The boeuf bourguignon was rough and dry, peach melba bland and the bread....oh the bread for the love of God was awful! How can any real Paris establishment serve bread that tastes like weeks old bread you can buy from a US supermarket I have no idea...
But back to your suggestions, Jeff and I look forward to more fantastic meals when we return. I hope you have a great 2012.
Happy New Year,
Happy New Year to you and Jeff, and I'm so glad you ate well in Paris. Polidor, alas, really is a grim tourist trap these days, so thanks for the head's up here, which may prevent other people from wasting a meal at this unfortunate place.
All best, Alec
Jeff and I will be eating our way through Paris for a week in November, and receiving guidance once again from your book. We were hoping to get your take on the list of restaurants below that we selected. Is there any on the list that you would recommend more than others? Or any on the list that isn't so great anymore?
Les Fines GueulesL'Ambassade d'AuvergneLe Carre' des VosagesChristopheAu Coin des GourmetsLa FerrandaiseLe Petit PontoiseZe Kitchen GalerieCasa OlympeChez MichelAstierAu Vieux CheneL'OurcineL'Engredgeu
As I also realize that your book isn't called "Hungry for Loire Valley", but thought I'd ask you regardless whether you know of any Tours/Loire Valley establishments that are good for lunch/dinner. We plan to make a day trip there during our Paris stay.
As always any other restaurant recommendations are welcome!
Unfortunately Les Fines Gueules has gone way off. And to add some more variety to your list, I think I might swop out Astier in favor of Septime or Roseval or Abri, all of which are reviewed on this site. Haven't been in the Loire for a while but I've always liked the Rendez-Vous des Pecheurs in Blois.
Hae a great trip!
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