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April 09, 2008

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Stu "El Inglés" Harris

I've certainly heard of Spring, even checked out the live webcams (when they were on line). The food certainly looks excellent but the clientele looks overwhelmingly anglophone. The thought of going to a nice café or restaurant in France and hearing nothing but english spoken around me is a major, major deterrent. Kind-of what I imagine the experience of sitting in the Deux Magots or the Flore must be like.

Ms. Glaze

Stu – I totally understand the dissappointment of discovering that everyone speaks English in a typically French restaurant. But, I would say that Chef Rose has managed to bridge that gap. It's not an ex-pat resto like Breakfast in America or Joe Allen's.

The last time I went everyone spoke French. I was really surprised. (and Daniel is Fluent) There was one couple visiting from the U.S. but the rest of the clientele were Parisian.

Funny enough, I think many of the best restaurants/bistros here have been taken over by Anglophones. For example, L'Ami Jean, Le Comptoir, Poisson, and of course Deux Margots and cafe Flore.

Maybe it's because those restaurants have created the experience that Anglophones were hoping for and are willing to pay for.

One French chef at LCB told me: "You can always tell a good restaurant in Paris by how many Americans are eating there."

Chef Rose took a working vacation to Japon, but now he's back in action and gearing up for the Sprintime. it will be interesting to see how his trip has influenced his menu

Bob

Are you saying there's a restaurant in Paris that believes in "doggy bags"?

Stu "El Inglés" Harris

OK, maybe I'll give it a try. I'll be there mid-july Insh'allah...

Ms. Glaze

Bob – ooooooo, I duno about doggie bags in Paris. But, I certainly like breakfast to-go!


Chaoui

I got my first doggie bag in a French restaurant at Troisgros in 2006. I was pretty stunned. So when I discreetly asked about it. The explanation was, of course, a doggie bag wouldn't be given for hot dishes that had to be consumed immediately. I was given all kinds of beautiful friandises in a decorative container that I was just too full to eat during my multi-course meal but couldn't bear to leave. I ate them for breakfast the next day!

Chaoui

I got my first doggie bag in a French restaurant at Troisgros in 2006. I was pretty stunned. So when I discreetly asked about it. The explanation was, of course, a doggie bag wouldn't be given for hot dishes that had to be consumed immediately. I was given all kinds of beautiful friandises in a decorative container that I was just too full to eat during my multi-course meal but couldn't bear to leave. I ate them for breakfast the next day!

Joan

I've always wanted to eat there! I am intrigued by his restaurant concept.

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