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le chateaubriand

November 24, 2010









photos taken with ilford delta 400.

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a highlight of paris was the meal xavier and i enjoyed at le chateaubriand, in the 11th arr. on avenue parmentier. we arrived at 9:30pm — it was beaujolais day in france (lucky me), so we had some nice beaujolais while waiting at the bar for a table.

the room was buzzing, glowing, full of happy people (and some famous people) and the scruffy, friendly waiters were excellent. everything about this place just felt so damn good. the decor is simple but thoughtful and feels very comfortable.   

the food was amazing — i haven’t eaten a meal like that in a long time; it made me think and surprised me.  it was really fun.

this place is getting a lot of press, and i think they deserve it. it’s part of a group of exciting new restaurants in paris headed by ambitious chefs with a more casual vibe.  there is an excellent article about le chateaubriand and other similar paris restaurants in “the art of eating” issue no. 82. the article is called “new ways to be a restaurant in paris: the casualization of dining” and it’s really interesting. 

they serve a set menu unique for 50 euros. we ate 4 courses (plus amuses bouches).  i loved the salad of huîtres, tapioca, boudin and champignons, which was an incredibly earthy dish made up of tapioca tinged with the taste of oysters, pieces of crispy boudin sausauge, raw mushrooms and mache-like greens.  we also couldn’t stop talking about the pigeon, which was perfectly cooked.  and we drank a really nice pic saint loup wine.

we left the restaurant around 12:30am, and i felt like a million bucks.  a highly recommended spot if you are in paris.

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speaking of good meals, i hope those of you who celebrate thanksgiving have a great holiday.  sadly, i won’t be able to celebrate much myself, so have a piece of pumpkin pie for me, ok? this is always one of my favorite holidays.

15 Comments
  1. November 24, 2010 10:18 am

    sounds divine. and your photos are fabulous.

  2. November 24, 2010 10:23 am

    sounds like a memorable meal! love the photos. hope you can escape the office a bit. i’ll sadly be working some sat/sun but until then getting my fill of pumpkin pie. happy thanksgiving!

  3. November 24, 2010 11:46 am

    great photos, they capture what I imagine the mood was like amazingly – gorgeous amount of grain too

  4. November 24, 2010 11:52 am

    I love the sound of that meal. And these photos make me want to look and look. I’m really so sorry that you have to miss out on Thanksgiving this year. You’ll have to Thanksgiving it up sometime soon, calendar date be damned!

  5. November 24, 2010 12:33 pm

    thanks for posting this. it looks a superb restaurant.
    i’m glad you tred a pic saint lous red. it’s our local wine down here & we love it!

  6. November 24, 2010 12:59 pm

    what you tell sounds great and the photos are beautiful.
    my parents have a little house near the pic st loup – those wines are special to me and remind me of france and holidays…

  7. November 24, 2010 1:31 pm

    sounds amazing!

  8. margaret permalink
    November 24, 2010 1:56 pm

    wow.

    also: i will have not one, but TWO pieces of pumpkin pie just for you.

  9. November 24, 2010 2:25 pm

    I love beaujolais!! Great photos!

  10. SAM permalink
    November 24, 2010 5:57 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, Larry Tugboat.

    (If you come to the City around the holiday and I get to see you, there’s a mason jar of eggnog with your name on it.)

  11. November 24, 2010 6:55 pm

    i love these b&ws. Ilford makes the best b&w film!

  12. November 25, 2010 3:54 am

    oh this restaurant is 2 blocks away from where i live,
    and i’ve never been there..!

  13. LamBert permalink
    November 25, 2010 9:07 am

    Always a worthwhile escape, Brian. Excellent pics as ever. Si

  14. November 27, 2010 5:06 pm

    see brian? people and glassware, never steer you wrong with b/w film.

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