My first visit was for dinner back in June 1978 with a group of visiting American businessmen. The food, wines desserts and service were so good we stayed until midnight. Later in 1986, my family and I moved to Paris for the next 5 years and this became our favorite restaurant. The filet of sole, pan cooked and boned at the table, melted in your mouth it was so good. My favorite was the foie de veau (calves liver served with fried onions) although grilled entrecote with bearnaise sauce was a close second. Our children feasted on the delicious dessert, the Profiterolies (puff pastry balls filled with vanilla ice cream and covered with chocolate sauce), saving some for me, of course. The wine list was excellent and matched the food selections well. A nice café or espresso was a good finish to a very nice dinner--all for a reasonable price. p.s. it is always our first stop for lunch or dinner whenever we return to Paris.
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Posted: Wed Feb 29 2012
Brasserie La Lorraine restaurant right on Paris’ Place des Ternes near the Etoile offers a visit to another era, an elegant, superbly stylish one at that. Since the 1930s Brasserie La Lorraine has been one of the capital’s landmarks, and it retains its fabulous Art Nouveau interior with hundred year-old mosaics, crystal chandeliers, sleekly styled seating and detailing (think ocean liner of the Noel Coward era and you won’t be far off). The classic brasserie menu features fine ingredients in dishes like fresh oysters, grilled entrecote with béarnaise and pommes frites, and babas au rhum, though the seafood is renowned for its excellence. There’s a terrace and everything is service with the personal touch.