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Paris Classics in November…and Art!

December 4, 2009

Chez André.

“We are big fans of the classic Paris bistros and brasseries,” says Michael. “For meals, we head for some of our favorites after mornings and afternoons spent at favorite art scenes including the Centre Pompidou (to see ‘Elles,’ an exhibit of the museum’s holdings of works by women artists from the 20th century to today); Palais de Tokyo (‘Architecture Island’)’ Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (a show featuring the work of German artist Albert Oehlen); Galerie Nationale de Jeu de Paume (fabulous show on Fellini); Fondation Cartier Pour l’Art Contemporain (‘Born in the Streets–Graffiti’); and numerous art galleries.”

Here’s a select list of Michael’s and Kim’s classic choices, along with their suggestions on what to order.

Allard: 41, rue Saint-André-des-Arts (phone: 01-43-26-48-23). Order the frisée aux lardons (curly endive salad with bacon) and the cuisses de grenouilles (frogs’ legs), followed by the pintade aux lentilles (guinea hen with lentils).

Chez André: 12, rue Marbeuf (phone: 01-47-20-59-57).  Try the salade de lentilles de Puy (Puy lentil salad), fromage de chevre chaud (warm goat cheese), encore des huitres (fresh oysters, of course!), and une carré d’agneau (a rack of lamb).

Le Dôme: 108, Boulevard Montparnasse (phone: 01-42-79-91-30). Order les huitres de Belons (famous Belons oysters); coquilles Saint-Jacques (scallops), and une belle sole  pour deux (a beautiful whole sole for two).

Le Voltaire: 27 Quai Voltaire (phone: 01-42-61-17-49). Go for the salade de champignons de Paris (fresh mushroom salad), and then une belle sole et l’entrecôte bleu (a beautiful fresh sole and a very rare entrecote steak).

Chez L'Ami Louis.

Josephine Chez Dumonet: 117 rue du Cherche-Midi (phone: 01-45-48-52-40). Order morilles farci aux fois gras (morel mushrooms stuffed with foie gras), coquilles Saint-Jacques (scallops), and their Mercredi-only (Wednesday-only) gigot d’agneau (leg of lamb).

Chez L’Ami Louis: 32, rue du Vertbois (phone: 01-48-87-77-48). We like the terrine du foie gras (fois gras terrine), coquilles Saint-Jacques au beurre d’ail (scallops in garlic butter); poulet de Bresse (France’s superb-tasting Bresse chicken); and, if you can stand de plus, the côte de boeuf pour deux (bone-in rib-eye steak for two) with their fabulous potato-garlic pie.

Of course, every single one of these meals must be enjoyed with tons of des bons vins!

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  1. December 5, 2009 8:24 am

    Genial Michael !

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