Thoumieux * 7e
This is a bustling traditional French bistro/brasserie. favored by Parisians and tourists in the know. The food is good and the price is right. I prefer La Fontaine de Mars for charm and quality of service, but variety is also good! The food is again southwestern French. pintade a la Limousin -- a small guinea hen on a bed of chestnut flavored cabbage. It was very tasty.
CREME DE LA CREME
Another top leader has come and gone. Jean-François Piège has left as Executive Chef, preparing gourmet dishes there since 2004, and will finally open his own restaurant with a partner, Thierry Costes, when they purchased the Parisian brasserie, Thoumieux.
Les Ambassadeurs gourmet restaurant has chosen a new leader and he has taken his position with great excitement. Christopher Hache, 28, former Assistant Chef de Cuisine at La Grande Cascade in Paris, is the new Executive Chef.
The ultimate gourmet venture is located inside the Hotel Le Crillon. Leaders may come and go at "The Ambassadors", but the quality will always remain. The room was a former ballroom with Baccarat crystal chandeliers and marble facades with mirrors and gold everywhere. You are pampered to the max. For the main course, selections are delectable and "very good". Why not try the word "Magnific!" Very good is not enough of a statement.
Of course, one must dress up for such an occasion. Where is Armani, when you need a suit. A tie, a tie, my kingdom for a tie. I personally enjoyed "the breast of pigeon" on the night my wife, Sue, and I visited the restaurant. The only drawback to this fabulous restaurant is that Executive Chefs do not stay that long. They open their own restaurant after the exposure here. So, the menu may not remain the same, which may be a good thing. More gourmet dishes to offer on the menu next time. The menu prices are extremely high, but for that once in a lifetime meal, to remember forever, Les Ambassadeurs should be on your lips.
I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of pigeon I was presented on the plate. Way too much for gourmet and that's rare, as was the pigeon, all sliced thin with a superb sauce that I was unable to decipher the full ingredients. The French have a way with the sauce. Incredibly delicious. After all the pampering and wonderful dishes, the dessert tray was brought to our table. Such amazing works of art. We did not have to select our favorite as we were invited to try a little of each by the Chef as his guest. My god! Thank you very much! Bon Appetit!
Can anyone recommend any tried & tested restaurants in 7th Arrondissement, south bank, near to Church of Invalides.
Re: Paris restaurants
I like the Christian Constant restaurants - I think that he has 3 now in the 7th; Violon d'Ingres is exquisite.
If you don't get more suggestions, just google 7th arrondissement, you'll find lots of suggestions like this for instance:
Re: Paris restaurants
Depends on your price level.
And what you like.
Closest places that I have tried and liked are the classic Parisian brasserie, Thoumieux at 79, rue Saint-Dominique and the newer smaller Mediterranean/French Pasco at Bd. de la Tour Maubourg 74 right opposite Invalides.
A bit further would be La Fontaine de Mars upscale bistro and L'Ami Jean for Basque food. They are at 129 rue Saint-Dominique and 27 rue Malar respectively.