OT: Dining in Paris & London

Submitted by MGrether on June 16th, 2015 at 9:15 PM

About to head over the pond to Paris & London... and I am responsible for finding places to eat for the group. Anyone who has spent time over there that has "a favorite" cafe, eatery or part of town that they like to eat in? Most of our meals, we will be looking for reasonable to low priced food (well... as far as food in big cities is ever reasonable).



June 16th, 2015 at 10:26 PM ^

I mean, dear god... You guys do realize that there are websites dedicated to telling you what food is good, right? This is a sports blog. I'd probably respect it more if one of our posters said "Eat a dick mgoblog, I'm going to Montserrat and you are not you poor uncultured bastards!" At least that would be a showing a genuine motive.


June 16th, 2015 at 9:36 PM ^

How big is the group? If you have a relatively small group and don't mind waiting a bit, The Golden Hind has the best fish n chips in London. Worth the wait too if you have to wait a bit.

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June 16th, 2015 at 9:41 PM ^

Go to Le Soufflé in Paris.  You won't regret it.  It's not a "cheap" meal but it's awesome and very french.  3 course meal of various types of soufflés and they are delicious.  It's one street north of the Louvre if I remember correctly.


June 16th, 2015 at 10:33 PM ^

Just another big city and one iwth a ton of social turmoil just beneath the surface. Breton or Burgundy for example will provide you with a meal you will never forget. The best meal I have ever eaten was at what is called a "truck stop" in the alps. Everything is prepared fresh stating in the mornning, the chicken is killed, veggies, frogs legs. It was five courses and still the best meal I have had in my life.


June 16th, 2015 at 11:00 PM ^

Just book a ticket and go or go to Montreal first if you need baby steps. Get out of your comfort zone.  The first time you feel that fear walking down the street by yourself in a foregn country realizing you can't say two words to even ask for a coke or ask for the bathroom. Man it's exhilerating.



June 16th, 2015 at 11:07 PM ^

Heh. My time has passed for a few years. I've got two young kids. But in 5 years or so, I'll be all over it. I'm talking American flag fanny pack, entry level DSLR camera, maybe that white shit for my nose. Not cocaine but the touristy sunblock stuff. I'll always be trying to refold a map and travel only by double decker bus. Rocking it Chevy Chase style.

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June 17th, 2015 at 12:32 AM ^

Except that in Montreal it's pretty rare to find people who can't speak English - it's a very bilingual city.  For that matter Paris pretty much is nowadays, too (well, bilingual might be overdoing it, but most Parisians can speak broken English anyway).  They're still amazing cities, but if you really want that I-can't-communicate experience, you have to go more in the countryside.




June 16th, 2015 at 10:42 PM ^

As I am in the bankng industry, I have more familiarity with London.  I would recommend the following:

Le Gavrouche - Gordon Ramsey's newest place. 

Petrus - Staffed by none other than Marcus Wareing.  Best meal I've had in Europe.

The Dorchester - A Ducasse, so you know it is going to be good.

Salon Park Lane - Great, albeit a bit pricey.


June 16th, 2015 at 9:46 PM ^

Seriously. Nearly every little bistro or sidewalk cafe will serve good food. And they have to; Parisians have high standards. 

About the only way you could go wrong would be to eat in a place that caters more or less exclusively to tourists. Particularly American tourists. 


June 16th, 2015 at 10:08 PM ^

There have been a number of articles reporting on the exciting trend of "heat and eat" cuisine in small bistros in Paris.  Just like Sysco and US Foods, the French equivalents are providing restaurants from fruits/veggies/meat/seafood up to fully prepared (and frozen) meals that just require boiling water or microwaving.



Would bet most of us wouldn't be able to tell, especially after a 1/2 liter of cheap table wine.



June 16th, 2015 at 9:55 PM ^

In Paris, go to Real Entrecôte. Fairly reasonable in terms of pricing and amazing food. Bistro Paul Bert is also great, but that's a little more expensive. Septime was probably the second best meal I've ever had, but that's also really pricey

East German Judge

June 17th, 2015 at 12:12 AM ^

My cool story bro is that I did eat there for a business dinner (I was a guest) and food was reasonably good.  But during the meal, Brigette Nielsen walks in with this short muscular guy.  We were fixated on her as she still looked hot (pre Flavor Flav), and her muscle bound guy kept walking around,  it was actually  Sylvester Stallone.  End of cool story.


June 16th, 2015 at 10:07 PM ^

... Is a neat spot near Notre Dame (NTND) is translated to be called "The Inn of The Recruiting Sergeant." Meals are served family style with a choice of entree and the most amazing house wine. Cool spot.


June 17th, 2015 at 9:26 AM ^

Come to think of it, there was a cafe near Notre Dame that was very good, and friendly too. Otherwise, we loved Paris and London but the food, No! Maybe we just didn't know where the locals eat. And in Paris, we found as many people who spoke English but made believe they didn't as those who did not. In London, not so much.


June 16th, 2015 at 10:29 PM ^

Small residential island back behind Ile de la Cite and Notre Dame. Pass by the left of the cathedral and keep going until you go over a pedestrian bridge. There is one main street down the spine of the island. Rue St Louis. The further down you go the better it gets, especially just past Rue des Deux Ponts. Search this neighborhood on Yelp there is a lot