A November 2005 trip
to Paris by jenandfrank
Quote: This beautiful city offers a wide selection of accommodations and dining options. Come with an open mind and an empty stomach.
The Westin Paris (formerly the Intercontinental Tuileries) - 3 Rue De Castiglione, Phone (33) (1) 4477-1111. With 438 guest rooms, 14 suites, 12 conference facilities, a gym, and two restaurants, this hotel caters to family and business travelers; it’s no wonder since its location is incredible. Located in the 1st Arrondissement, in the center of the business and financial district. The hotel faces the Tuileries Gardens, is a half-block from Place de la Concorde and two blocks from the Louvre Museum. Not to mention the area itself is pretty and lined with beautiful shops and boutiques. The building looks like a landmark with its corner location, tiled-mosaic sidewalk and antique exterior lamps. It’s built around a center courtyard that is basically showcased (with floor to ceiling glass) as people walk through the front entrance and into the lobby. The courtyard has a center focal-point fountain and is completed with statues, plants and bistro tables. From the entrance, to the left is the hotel bar and to the right; down a small corridor is the front desk.The front desk is set within a rectangular shaped lobby with a concierge desk across from it and a living room type seating area between. The desks are made of a walnut colored wood and the carpets and draperies are busy prints. Smoking is allowed in the lobby (and throughout the hotel) but the lobby area is very comfortable and cozy nonetheless. The lobby is setup for wireless internet connections, while the rooms have data ports (for a charge of 18 Euro per day). The concierge desk was very helpful and usually staffed with two people, 24 hours a day. I did find it strange however; if you had to cancel a dinner reservation how annoyed they got with you. As if to beg the question, you have better plans than what I have already booked for you?! During our stay it did rain and snow a bit. Brand new umbrellas were available at the concierge desk which was a nice touch. Overall, the concierge staff was polite, efficient and well informed.The walkway adjacent to the lobby is done in all white with large chandeliers, statues, plants and a very high ceiling. Truly beautiful. Past the lobby area are the elevator banks, banquet room, conference rooms and the restaurants. Recently installed in the elevators, you are now required to insert your room key to have access to your floor. The hallways are simply decorated but almost maze-like with yellow and white walls and a busy patterned carpet.The rooms are spacious for a European hotel room. Only the smoking standard rooms (and some suites) have views which I found to be a major disappointment. They are dated, however, and in need of some fresh paint and some new decor (all of which I have read are planned for 2006). There was a queen bed (which will be replaced with the Westins’ heavenly bed this year), old bedding, a desk and two side chairs. A safe, small closet and a set of drawers completed the room. Lacking in the room was a mini bar or bottled water of any kind, coffee maker, ice bucket, a clock and radio. Our TV was a brand new flat screen with a handful of English channels. The good news is that the TV alarm worked so I didn’t have to worry about the staff forgetting to call me.The bathroom was simple and nothing special. Hot water took a while to get started and at one point they lost water use all together (one morning). Toiletries were okay but limited; all Westin brand which translates to, low-budget. I heard/read that people in suites and club rooms get products like Molton Brown, must be nice. Unlike most other 5 star hotels there were no shaving kits, cotton swabs, bath salts, etc. no bells and whistles at all infact. There were 2 bathrobes, 2 sets of slippers and a tight shower with a tub. I found housekeeping to be okay. They didn’t do anything above and beyond the call of duty, i.e. change the glasses in the bathroom, vacuum daily, leave us extra towels, etc. Turn down service was available upon request only, but when it was done they did leave nice praline chocolates. We did have a few problems with our heat and our phone, which were never repaired. At one point, the phone did not work at all and the heat went from not working to sauna temperatures. After several complaints and many service people in our room, not only was the problem status quo, but we were also never compensated. Customer service here seems to be lacking slightly. By that I mean it seems the employees aren’t thrilled to be working for this new company.Restaurants and bars include: 234 Rivoli, La Terrasse Fleurie and Tuileries Bar. 234 Rivoli is actually the address. Hours are from 7am-10am, Noon-3pm, and 7–11 pm. Views include that of the hotel’s garden and the feel/attire is European-casual. La Terrasse Fleurie is terrace dining with a tranquil atmosphere opened for lunch and dinner. During the peak season of May-September, the terrace opens to a courtyard. Both restaurants serve traditional cuisine with a few regional favorites. The Tuileries Bar is located to the left of the main entrance of the hotel. Dark, piano bar atmosphere with lots of cigarette and cigar smoke in the air. The couches are done in burgundy and dark reds, the walls are dark as well with dark brown furniture – all with a very masculine feel to it. Only Snacks and cocktails are served and you’ll find many business people congregating here. We entertained a few people here and it became a very expensive affair. Yes, it is a bar in an upscale hotel in Paris and everything is of the highest quality - it is still grossly overpriced. (15 Euro for a glass of not-so-special wine?) If you really plan to do some drinking - do it else where! This bar is open from 10 am to 1 am everyday. The conference and wedding facilities are truly gorgeous. Salon Napoleon, Salon Imperial and Salon Aiglon are only three of the 12 truly unique spaces that are available for events. They are filled with beautiful draperies, paintings, elaborate chandeliers and gorgeous carved wood panels– each with its own special touch.Note: The club level which included cocktails and continental breakfast was an extra 50 Euro per night. We heard from other guests that despite the listed hours, the food was first come, first serve and was never replenished. I think there are a few downfalls to this hotel. First of all you are paying for a Westin quality facility and to date you are not receiving any of those benefits i.e., amenities, beds, bedding. Secondly the staff (with the exception of the concierge desk) is helpful but do not go out of their way, almost as if they are doing you a favor by letting you stay here. Then there is the business traveler factor. Due to its location and meeting space, you will find his hotel packed with business travelers and therefore groups of people congregating everywhere. In addition we found it hard to explore most of the hotel since all of the spaces were constantly in use for cocktail parties, meetings, etc. The major downfall to staying at this hotel however, is lack of name recognition. Despite being a city landmark, since taking over the old Intercontinental hotel in November of 2005, the locals – including cab drivers – have no idea where this hotel is. Many nights we found ourselves having to say, “It’s the Intercontinental hotel” before they had any idea where we were going. I think if you can get a good rate (about $250 or less) or if you are going to stay after the Westin renovations are complete; this is a good hotel choice as the location truly can not be beat!
Hotel Prince de Galles – 33 Avenue George V, Paris – 33-1-53-237777 or www.spg.comLocated right off the Champs Elysees, on a famous and shi-shi block, Avenue George V. Within the 8th arrondissement and a short walk from high end shopping and the Arc de Triomphe – with the Four Seasons right next door; needless to say this hotel is well placed. The front of the hotel is somewhat understated with a simple green awning, some pretty but simple windows and a gold revolving door. To be honest, it is easy to pass this hotel and that is part of its charm – it flies under the radar. The lobby is on the smaller side, yet elegant with a very rich-European feel. Chandeliers, antiques, lots of lamps, mosaic tiled floors and beautiful urns complete the space along with fresh flowers. Staff was never in short supply; from the front desk to the bell-hops, from the doormen to housekeeping. All were pleasant and stopped to say “good morning” or just a simple "bonjour". The concierge desk was staffed by 2-3 people at all times and was open 24 hours a day. Most of the staff here you will find have been with the hotel for many years, and therefore they are very knowledgeable about the city. This concierge staff was definitely one of the best of if not the best we’ve ever encountered. The front desk was to the left of the entrance and rather small – keep in mind that this is a boutique hotel.Built in 1928, the “Prince” has 138 guest rooms and 30 luxury suites all decorated with a level of distinction and an art deco feel. Our room was huge by European standards done in blue and white. The comforter (down filled duvet) matched the quilted wall-piece behind the bed (not to be confused with the headboard). Our bed was a true king bed, to be honest it felt larger and it was unbelievably comfortable. We basically sank into it when we arrived. Non-smoking rooms were available which was music to our ears. High speed internet access was available for a charge in the room and the data port was located on a large desk within the room. The rooms also offered bathrobes, an alarm clock, safe, mini bar, several English TV channels, hairdryer, free daily newspaper, iron and ironing board. We had read that rooms here were in need of updating but our room was truly exquisite. I honestly don’t know what people were talking about (unless we got very lucky with a standard room).The bathroom was a nice size, but not huge. VERY clean with all high end toiletries including L'Occitane shampoo, conditioner, and body gel; slippers; cotton swabs; bath salts; and several bath mats. The mirrors were beveled (that’s the kind of place this is.) Housekeeping was exceptional, with an initial clean in the morning, a towel-change mid day and automatic turn down service in the evening. Toiletries were always replaced and we were never short on towels. And the towels by the way - enormous and fluffy, a real treat.Dining options include the Regency Bar and the Restaurant Le Jardin des Cygnes. The restaurant serves traditional French cuisine, within a formal dining room. You are surrounded by glass, exotic plants, high ceilings and pure elegance here. The walls are golden, there are large chandeliers, heavy wood and linen chairs, statues, and elaborate wall murals. Le Jardin is open from 7 am to 10:30 pm daily. The bar is more of a relaxed setting serving international treats. This room is darker, with large and very comfortable leather chairs, dark draperies – everything you’d expect from a high-end hotel bar. It’s open from 11 am to midnight daily. Both are very pricey so go prepared!Prince de Galles offers everything you’d expect from a 5-star property; dry cleaning services, limo service, doorman, mobile telephone rentals, secretarial service, in-room massage treatments, babysitting and a multilingual staff. The staff is extremely accommodating and no request is too large or small. The elevators were a bit tight though, so I’m not sure how handicapped people get to their rooms – service elevator perhaps?! If you can afford it (500+ Euro/night) – I would stay without hesitation. I have heard that some people have also had success at much cheaper rates on priceline.com so that’s worth a shot as well. Of the two Starwood properties in Paris, the Prince de Galles is a more elegant and refined choice. I would agree that the location of the Westin is more conducive to sightseeing; I still feel however, the "Prince" is overall a better choice. I loved this hotel.
Very Highly Recommended.
L’Ardoise – 28 rue du Mont Thabor, Paris – 01-42-96-28-18This quaint little restaurant is located right around the block from the Westin, very close to the Place Vendome. L`Ardoise is so tiny you would certainly walk right by it if you weren’t looking for it. With 7 wooden and very plain tables in all – there is no bar, no coat check and one waitress. The walls are yellow, the decoration is limited and the menu is displayed on a blackboard that the waitress will bring to your table and lean against a chair. We were told L`Ardoise means blackboard in French. The menu/blackboard is all in French. Thankfully the evening we were there the waitress spoke some English so she was able to run through the menu options for us. There were 10 choices in each category and the menu was 31 Euro for 3 courses. No substitutions. When we first sat down we were served fried pork rinds as a complimentary appetizer. Although I am not a pork fan, the rest of the group said it was delicious. Appetizer choices were varied and I think it’s fair to say there was something for everyone. We had the beef pâté which was served in a rectangle with marinated lentils. The langoustines were served over a salad with a lemongrass dressing and the portion was large and very delicious. The mushroom and ham ravioli was served in a cream sauce. Four pieces with large chunks of ham both in and out of the ravioli – very fresh and the pasta was definitely homemade. Other appetizer options were mussels soup with saffron, raw oysters, foie gras and snails. For dinner the options were seafood and beef/veal, no true chicken or pasta options at all. We had the veal chop off the bone, served with jonquil mushrooms. Scallops which were served on the actual scallop shell and to be honest when they first brought them out I thought to myself – how cheesy they have special (plastic) dishes. You can’t imagine my surprise when I realized the scallops were still attached to the shell. Fantastic. The scallops were served with marinated, shredded cabbage and broccoli in a butter sauce - 5 pieces of perfection. Other entrée options were beef filet (which was 6 euro extra), rabbit, pigeon, and white fish.
Dessert was varied as well; we had the caramel cake which was a firm cake with fresh coffee sorbet and fresh whipped cream; different and delicious at the same time. The crème brulee was served in a large serving piece with a scoop of extremely tart raspberry sorbet. Again, made fresh, in house – this time I would say the sorbet was a little too much for my taste though – too tart. The cheese platter was also a dessert option and something I’m not sure I would order again. Basically, they have a dinner plate with 5 huge chunks of cheese on it that they bring from table to table (for those who order). A side plate of bread is brought alongside, but the plate itself is what it is – a community/family-style/everyone-can-touch-it/germ plate. I guess you can say it was nice because you weren’t limited to how much you could take, but I was too focused on how many people had touched it before me. Other dessert options were banana cake with chocolate, sorbet and ice cream of the day, rum cake and profiteroles.
The wine list was large with choices from 25 Euro and up, the house wines started at 28 Euro per bottle and went up from there. For 5 people with 5 pre fix meals, one bottle of water and one bottle of house wine (27 Euro), the bill was 175 Euro. Very casual place, come as you are. Reservations are a must due to popularity and lack of tables. We had read that this restaurant is full of Americans; it has been featured in Gourmet and Bon Appetite magazines in addition to every guide book imaginable but we were the only ones on this particular evening. Accepts MasterCard and Visa. Closed Mondays. The Chef is Pierre Jay who was a former chef at the famous Michelin starred Tour D`Argent. Located near the Concorde metro station. Truly a great value especially in the 1st Arrondissment. Highly Recommended.Au Pied de Cochon – 6 rue Coquillière, 01-40-13-77-00 (Across from Les Halles Metro Station)This very ornate restaurant is somewhat misleading from the outside. With its large red awning and "pig" symbol, located at the end of a street across from Les Halles it would seem to the average person just to be a simple brasserie. It’s not. 3 floors, huge chandeliers, gold trimmings, a huge bar and a staff that would make your head spin, Au Pied de Cochon served the best meal we had while in Paris and we only went for lunch! Thankfully the menu was extensive with English notes beneath each French entry. Serving traditional French food, with a focus on pork, hence the name, there was one "real" salad option and no chicken or pasta. The staff was extremely helpful and proper, dressed in tuxedos. The tables were covered with white linens, fresh flowers in small pig-pottery, and very heavy flatware.
For lunch, along with the typical a la carte menu, they also offered a two- and three-course prix-fixe option. We chose the two-course for 18 euros. The bread was excellent and extremely fresh; I was almost embarrassed at how much of it we actually ate. We ordered French onion soup for a starter, and it was by far the best French onion soup I have ever had. It seems this place is famous for it. Everything was so fresh, and the cheese – oh my god, the cheese – there must have been a ½ pound of cheese covering the top of the crock-pot. For entrees, we had the mussels and the pig knuckles. The mussels were served in a snail plate: a round plate with several small circular holes in it. Each mussel was de-shelled, and the actual mussel was placed in each hole, covered with a dab of tomato sauce and filled to the top of the hole with a butter sauce. INCREDIBLE. I got to a point where I could not find enough bread to wipe up the balance of the sauce. The pig knuckles were served with sauerkraut in a wide bowl. Although it didn’t look very appetizing, it was delicious and done perfectly. The knuckles were served with an incredibly spicy yellow mustard. We ordered a bottle of Evian, a ½ bottle of wine, two starters, and two entrees, and our bill was 53 euros. Reservations are not necessary. Dressy-casual attire required. Non-smoking sections available. Open 24 hours a day. Accepts all major credit cards. Very Highly Recommended.
Aux Lyonnais - 32 rue St-Marc, Paris - 01-42-96-65-04 or http://www.alain-ducasse.com/public_us/cest_aussi/fr_aulyonnais.htmOwned by famous chef Alain Ducasse, this is considered one of the best (if not the best) bistros in Paris. Serving traditional Lyonnais fare in a tight dining area, with a few tables basically on top of the front door. Located down a side street, with a limited pre-fix menu. The regular menu is limited as well and both are only available in French. The menu as a whole was predominately beef/veal and fish and although the menu changes frequently I am told the theme remains the same. Bottom line – you’ll never find chicken here. Although the waitstaff was very nice and extremely attentive, only one person spoke English so we had to wait for him if we had any questions. They have a large wine list with a wine sommelier in house, excellent selection. The menu included appetizer options such as; scallops, pate, mini sausages and cauliflower soup while the entrées were items such as: veal stew, venison, veal on a bone, boiled egg, cod, blood sausage and fish dumplings. Upon being seated we were served a cheese dip, almost like a Greek taziki sauce with 4 toasted breadsticks. This yogurt/cheese dip was incredible and at that point I said to myself, this is going to be a great meal. For me – I spoke too soon. We had the cauliflower soup which was very creamy and served with a bag of bread (literally). Clever idea and of course the bread was so good I ate most of it. Also for an appetizer we had the pork pate with proscuitto which was served in a mason jar and accompanied with a side of marinated lentils in olive oil and toast. Outstanding. This could have been an entree. For our entrees we chose the scallops and the veal stew. The scallops were an appetizer but they were willing to serve them as an entrée (upon request) and they added a rocket side salad (to justify the new “entrée” cost since the portion was not increased). The scallops were pan seared and to be honest not very good, neither the scallops nor the salad was a bell ringer. I am not sure if it was just a bad time of year in Paris for scallops or if they just prepared them so differently they become unappetizing to me. The veal stew was basically veal bellies with beans. Did not look appetizing in the least bit but my husband said it was delicious. For dessert we ordered a waffle with ice cream and fresh whip cream – after going to Belgium, this was fair at best. Reservations a must and if you are late, too bad for you. You will not be seated. They were very explicit about this. Two seatings per evening and your reservations must be confirmed. Dressy-casual attire expected. Their “valet” is a man that stands outside and runs to the end of the block to gets cabs, although it sounds funny, it proved to be very helpful and much appreciated on a cold evening. Our total bill with one pre-fix meal, two appetizers from the regular menu, one bottle of water and a small carafe of very good wine was 96 Euro. Interior is dark, with globe-shaped lamps, old mirrors, rounded archways and a set of stairs as soon as you walk in. Service was good but the language barrier was a problem. Accepts all major credit cards, open for lunch Tuesday-Friday and dinner Tuesday-Saturday only. Close to the Bourse Metro Station. Highly Recommended for adventurous eaters.Hot Chocolate at Café Angelica – Rivoli, ParisBoasted by every tour guide as "a must-do" while in Paris, we had to stop by and check it out. Conveniently located down the block from the Westin. Only open until late afternoon daily, the line to be seated is usually down the block. The restaurant has two levels and is large and deep with plenty of seating, which just made me laugh at the business they do if the line is out the door. Almost all of the tables are setup as tables for two – as they are quite small and oval in shape (bistro-esq). Larger parties just push tables together. The ceiling is arched and high with a lot of light coming thru skylights. We went early in the morning and ordered the “Parisian Breakfast”. For 14 euro you get tap water, choice of tea (one cup), hot chocolate or coffee, 3 mini-pastries, one glass of orange juice and a ½ loaf of bread. It is supposed to be for one person but unless you require a lot of food it’s fine for two. The hot chocolate is served in a small tea pot and is basically melted chocolate. Served with fresh whipped cream, it’s more of a dessert than a breakfast beverage. One sip was more than enough for me. The orange juice is more a mix of juices, all fresh-squeezed. The three pastries included a chocolate au pain, a plain croissant and a raisin Danish – all mini-sized. The half-loaf of bread is baguette bread and served with butter, apricot spread, jam, and honey. There is a large and very expensive menu and they serve breakfast, lunch and just snacks depending on what you are in the mood for. The front of the restaurant is almost setup like and American bakery with their pastries displayed prominently in a glass case. The ambience in general is somewhat snooty, very upscale feeling with marble-topped tables, large leather chairs, etc. I would say this is Somewhat
Recommended but not a must-do.
Chez Flottes - 2, rue Cambon, 01 42 60 80 89 (around the block from the Westin) or http://www.flottes.fr/anglais.htmlThis very busy bistro seemed to be a local family eatery with a huge bar near the entrance. Located around the block from the Westin hotel, between Place Vendome and Faubourg Saint-Honoré, this restaurant was recommended to us by the concierge and some guidebooks. The menu was quite large, with a huge seafood selection. There were two prix-fixe menu options: two courses for 21 Euro and three courses for 26 Euro. They had a decent wine list with one house wine. A carafe of surprisingly good house wine was 17 Euro and poured about five small glasses. The menu was available in French and English, which was a nice change.
Upon being seated, we were served basic baguette bread with no butter and no plates (which is common in Paris). For appetizers we had the goat cheese salad, served with pears and almost zero dressing (after almost finishing the salad, the waitress came back with more dressing that we had requested when she served it). We also had the chicory salad with blue cheese and the French onion soup, which were both good. Other appetizer (starter) options included duck terrine, salmon, foie gras, snails, and hard-boiled eggs. For dinner we had the beef Bearnaise and the country chicken. The beef was a small piece of filet served with French fries. The chicken was roasted on the bone and came with mashed potatoes. Although both entrees were prepared well, they were uneventful--a little too basic perhaps? If ordering a la carte, the salads range in price from 10 to 12 Euro, other starters go from 5 to 20 Euro, the chicken is 17 Euro, the beef is 27 Euro, and other entrees go from 12 to 38 Euro (for lamb), so the prix-fixe is definitely the way to go here. Cappuccinos take 20 minutes, so we passed--are they serious? We settled on café ven-wa (spelled phonetically), basically a coffee with whipped cream, which was good but more of a dessert than an after-dinner drink. Casual attire and reservations are suggested since this tends to be a neighborhood place and it gets packed early. A 15% service charge is automatically added to the bill, which I found interesting. The wait staff was extremely rushed, so it was very hard to get anyone’s attention. That being said, we waited what seemed to be an eternity for the check. The vibe is loud and smoky (although we sat in a nonsmoking section) with stained glass and wood furniture, no frills but clean and somehow very charming. Our total bill with five two-course prefixes, one bottle of Evian, one carafe of house wine, and one coffee was 174 Euro. It is close to the Concorde Metro Station. Open daily from 11:30am to midnight. Somewhat Recommended.Chez Francis – 7 Place de L’alma, 592-060354 (across from the Bateaux Muchos docks)Located on the corner of a busy intersection with a red awning, this restaurant leaves a lot to be desired. Inside, the decor is almost entirely red, with a large dark-wood bar. The restaurant is split into two sections, with one long area separated by glass partitions and, past the center doorway, the main dining room with half booth and half table seating around the perimeter and regular tables in the center. The service was fine, predominately young females who spoke little to no English.
The menu was extremely limited and I was forced to settle on something I am not a fan of. We ordered the lentil soup and the spring rolls for appetizers. Admittedly, the lentil soup was good, creamy and served in a large bowl. I should have cancelled my meal at that point and ordered another soup. This review would be very different if I had. The chicken spring rolls consisted of three pieces served with apricot chutney, also very good but barely enough for one person, and we spilt it between two. At this point we thought we were in store for a very good dinning experience. We should have stopped there. For entrees we ordered two rib-eye steaks and one order of scallops. One of the steaks we ordered “medium” but came back rare--bloody rare. We sent it back and it came back well-done, borderline charred. It was served with a piece of broccoli, and for 27 Euro, that really annoyed me. The five scallops were very fishy tasting, which in my world means they were old, and at 26 Euro, that didn’t make me much happier. The staff was very unapologetic about it and, unlike in the US, did not offer a substitute or to take it off the bill when they saw we hadn’t touched the plate. Other cons to this restaurant were that the wine list was expensive and the prix-fixe only offered two options in each course. It was completely overpriced, and at the end of the day you are paying for the view of the Eiffel Tower (which is only available to people sitting in the front section). For the two appetizers, three entrees, two 8-ounce bottles of Evian, and a bottle of so-so wine, the bill was 137 Euro. Dinner reservations are a must, although if they have tables free, they will seat you with an attitude. There is no nonsmoking seating available. MasterCard and Visa are accepted. Not Recommended at all.Le Vaudeville – 29 rue Vivienne, Paris - 01-40-20-04-62 (located close to the Opera), www.flobrasseries.com or http://www.vaudevilleparis.com/en/You would think they were giving food away at this place considering how packed it was. Overall, seating here is very tight, and although they say they have a nonsmoking section, the air was stale and thick with smoke, which almost ruined the meal for us. All dramatics aside, it was actually hard to breathe normally. Add to that our table was so tight between two other tables, people had to get up for us to get to get to the seats in the back. It had an impressive Art Deco interior, with lots of marble and a huge silk floral centerpiece in the center of the main dining room.
The limited prix-fixe menu was 29.50 Euro. Your choices for appetizers were pate, oysters, and salad with sweet breads. The dinner selection was pork, beef, lamb, and white fish, while dessert was a Napoleon, rum cake, profiteroles, and grilled fruit in a cheese sauce with coconut on top. Thankfully they did offer a large a la carte menu, although it was entirely in French. The wait staff was very accommodating and helped with an English translation but were ultimately overwhelmed and service was therefore very slow. We often waited much longer than usual (even in Europe) for basic things like bread. The pate was a duck foie gras, about a 4-inch piece served with warm bread, good but not great. The six oysters were served raw on a half-shell and were number 4s and fresh. I think it’s hard to screw up raw oysters. The onion soup was again good but not great--average. The beef entrée was prime rib, which was served with potatoes au gratin. The pork was a large portion of mostly fatty meat. I had the mussels appetizer as my entrée; they were fishy smelling and like mush--not your typical chewy consistency. They were horrible. I was say that there were in the running with the entrée I was served as Chez Francis. A large wine list was available, starting at moderate prices. It was a trendy place with lots of locals (predominately business people due to its proximity to the stock market area) and an all-male wait staff. We had four prix-fixe meals, a mussels appetizer, three bottles of water, a bottle of wine, and a French onion soup and our bill was 174 Euro. Reservations are a must. Dressy-casual attire is required. Open: Daily 7-11:30am, noon-3pm, and 7pm-1am. Accepts all major credit cards. Part of the Flo Brasseries. Not Recommended.
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