Bistros & Restos 6th to 10th Arr.

Chez Monsieur

After enjoying one of the finest preparations of blanquette de veau that I have ever savored, I hereby dub this elegant bistro, The House of Blanquette de Veau.

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La Rotonde

Opened in 1911, La Rotonde was a hangout for the Lost Generation during les années folles. On any given night you were likely to bump into Hemingway, Joyce, Fitzgerald, Soutine, Picasso and others.

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Caméléon d’Arabian

Jean-Paul Arabian has been running Michelin-starred Paris restaurants like Ledoyen and celebrity haunts like Maxim’s for over forty years. I missed those experiences so I was delighted when I received a call inviting me to lunch at Caméléon d’Arabian a Montparnasse favorite of locals for nine years.

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Au 41 Penthièvre

After twelve years with Christian Constant at Le Violin d’Ingres where he started in the kitchen and eventually ran the front of the house it was time for Alexandre Lallemode to open his own restaurant.

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Del Papa-6th arrondissement

The provisionary home for our Picture for a Sunday Afternoon film salon lies midway between the Café de Flore and the Action 21 Cinema.

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L’Auberge Bressane-7th arrondissement

My pal, Jimmy Romano, the renowned plastic surgeon from San Francisco was showing me his apartment near the Eiffel Tower when he remembered that L’Auberge Bressane was just a round the corner. So off  we went to the L’Auberge Bressane, a favorite with locals and government officials.

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1728 Hotel Mazin La Fayette-8th Arrondissement

The final Paris residence of the Marquis de La Fayette erected in 1728 by Louis XV’s architect Antoine MAZIN now has a chef worthy of the elegance and history associated with the building. Chef Nicholas ROUDIER spent sixteen years perfecting his craft, including a stint with 3-star chefs Alain Passard of ARPEGE and Eric Frechon of the EPICURE at Le Bristol.

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Bien Aimé-8th arrondissement

Louis XV and his Polish Queen would have felt right at home here and they should. Large oil paintings of the royal couple adorn the walls and you will sit in Louis Quinze chairs under the light of crystal chandeliers.

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