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September 11, 2007

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Erica

Perfect! We'll be in Paris in a couple of weeks so I'll print this out and take it with me (and maybe make a few reservations before we leave)!

Thanks!

NaDD

I ate at Le Comptoir in June (actually I drove three hours to and from Paris for one night specifically to eat there while on vacation in Burgundy) and it really is everything people say. The meal was a fantastic realization of a la minute cuisine and every course captured perfectly the essence of the ingredients, transforming a simple tomato water base into something that perfectly captured the season, the atmosphere, and the delight of a fresh tomato. I second the recommendation highly.

Hilda

Did Guy Savoy play Chef Gusteau?

Ms. Glaze

Hilda – Good guess! But no, it's a much smaller role...

David

Yo, Ms. Glaze....quit giving away all our secrets!

; )

Ms. Glaze

LOL ;-) I would never give away ALL of our secrets!!! Btw, did I see you walking down the Champs today? I could swear I saw you. I almost followed just out of curiousity. I thought maybe you might unearthing some new chocolatier...

Alice

Love to see all the recommendations, Ms. Glaze! Thanks. I'm always on the lookout for a special-occasion restaurant for my boy's birthday -- we can't do fancy, delicious places like that all too often, but once a year is worth it! It makes us savor the moment, and the cuisine, even more. This past March I took him to l'Ami Jean, and we LOVED it! And last year it was Les Papilles, on Clotilde's recommendation. I'm actually dying to go back there again; I need to find a good excuse...

I may try to reserve a table at Spring for his next birthday -- they've been getting A LOT of press, and many positive reviews, including in the FT. I'll try to plan far in advance to be sure to get a spot!

hubby

yes, yes an amazing list of which people will not be disappointed dear however what about le MacDo and le Quick sur le Champs*? How can these be left out?
(*insert Parisian shrug and pouty lips)

SAS

Question - Leaving aside Spring, since Chef Rose makes it clear you can only have what he cooks, would any of the other restaurants, especially the 3-stars, be amenable if someone like myself, with a gluten intolerance, showed up and asked for accommodation? Would they a) prefer I not darken their doorway, b) give me a polite yet definitely Gallic shrug and disclaim any ability to moderate their dishes' contents, or c) do everything they can to adjust the ingredients or suggest options? Just curious - I've nearly given up eating out over this, because who wants to pay tons of money for grilled meat, sauteed veggies and a bowl of ice cream? I can do that at home perfectly well, thank you. And it becomes even more challenging when you add in language barriers...

Tana

Lovely post, as usual. I hope I can visit sometime.

Keep up the good work, lovely.

Ms. Glaze

SAS – Great question! Daniel Rose will happily take food requests. He asks over the phone if there are any special needs. The only thing is you MUST tell him in advance because he is a one man show and he wakes up at 5AM to go shopping and then cooks all day and night.

All the 3-star restaurants will acomodate your needs, but again I think it's better to call in advance and let them know. There are many dishes at Guy Savoy that don't contain Gluten from his signature artichoke soup that is not thickened with flour to the oysters in oyster gelée to all the perfectly roasted meats and fish. There are many fruit desserts too and ice creams that are mindblowing. So I think you're in luck.

Le Soufflé is probably not going to work for you since the nature of souffles requires flour for the base (bechamel or pastry cream). L'Ami Jean will definitely go the extra mile and they have losts of tasty gluten free stuff Basque food. Chez Janou is provençal so it's a lot of fish and veg. Le Severo is meat and potatoes so maybe they won't work too well.

All in all I think the French are great at helping out when it comes to food allergies. The one thing they are horrible at is vegetarian food. Too often vegetable dishes are prepared with meat stock for flavor. They just don't understand vegetarians here ;-)

So, no Gallic shrug and pouty lips on this one...

Gillian

When I stopped through Paris this summer I tried a great restaurant you might enjoy. It was a Moroccan restaurant called le 404, which an excellent ambiance and very good food, not to mention the best mojitos I've ever had! Worth checking out if you're craving some delicious cumin infused dishes!

Gregory

Mon Vieil Ami...

Ms. Glaze

Greg – I know i've been there, but I can't picture it right now. Where is it? Is that the bio wine bar/bistro?

Anthony

One of my favourites is Le Roi des Crustacés in Place Clichy. At the entrance are large quantities of shellfish for you to check on availability and quality. I often start with an apéritif, kir royal or pastis if I've had a bad day. I follow this with the Plateau des Fruits de Mers, two large plates on a stand full of oysters, mussels, clams, cockles whelks, prawns and a large crab if you pay a liitle extra.The wine list contains several half bottles of dry white wine suitable for shellfish. My favourite is a Muscadet sur Lie with a bottle of Badoit as mineral water. The Bouillabaisse is pretty good too. The staff are knowledgeable and correct as only a French waiter can be. Finish your meal with an express and a glass of Calva. and you will be content.

Gourmet Traveller

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll be in Paris in a few weeks and I'm always looking for new places to check out. Booked at Senderens and 21 for dinner - have you eaten at either of them?

Colin

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon has my vote for a must eat while in Paris.

Ms. Glaze

Colin – I'm a huge fan of Robuchon, but I had a bad experience at L'Atelier. First, the food was overpriced. Second, they refuse to take reservations which means you have to go and hang out and buy alcohol while waiting. Thirdly, it's bar seating so you can't look directly at the people you're eating with – which sometimes is good, but not in my case.

It sounds like I need to go back and re-evaluate – What made it special for you?

Gourmet Traveller – Senderens looks really nice, I've never even heard of it so i'll have to give it a shot. Le 21 has great fish dishes and good prices. Although sometimes the service is iffy.

Chris

I happed upon your blog quite by accident, but I'm so glad that I did! I was just thinking that I needed to peruse a few restaurant reviews and you've put them all in one place for me!

Your blog is lovely.

Margo

I don't know who Guy Savoy played in Ratatoille, and I heard that Thomas Keller had a bit part, too - I've been incredibly curious about both! Help?

Ms. Glaze

Margo – in the French version Guy Savoy played the small role of a diner ordering foie gras. It's the same role as Thomas Keller in the American version. Pixar spent most of their time in the kitchen's of Guy Savoy four years ago studying how it all works! They also went to Helene Darroze and Taillvent. We got to see a private preview of the movie with the staff of all the Guy Savoy restaurants here in Paris. It was a lots of fun! Quite a treat...

Sarah

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

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Great to see a collection of blog posts that includes thoughtful and perceptive commentary. Keep up the great work!!!

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