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Brasserie Balzar: Not a Good Experience
Very ordinary and overpriced. The waiters were nice enough but the maitre de was extremely arrogant and unpleasant. We were made to feel very unwelcome and in retrospect I wish we had walked out. We had planned on having dessert and champagne to celebrate our last dinner in Paris, but didn't want to linger in such a crowded and uncomfortable place.
The meat was well prepared but the side dishes were not. A "vegetable" soup tasted of only watery potatoes and squash pureed together, seasoned only with too much salt. White beans served with the lamb were very bland, only a little parsley sprinkled on them and the green beans were overcooked and also unseasoned.
Favorite Dish: The lamb was quite tasty, tender and not overcooked, but it was the only thing that was acceptable.
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Brasserie Balzar: Dreadful service
Well, we were both really looking forward to this - but what a dreadful night!
We had a reservation for 8.00. My wife is disabled, but we had to stand until 8.10 until we were seated. We were given menus straight away - and then had to wait 30 mintes until someone came to take our order at 8.40. Then there was a 25 minute wait until the first course arrived at 9.05.
My wife's starter was asparagus at 15 Euro (over £10). It was awful - overcooked and waterlogged. The rest of the meal was at best average.
The place seems to be trading on its reputation - avoid it!
Brasserie R.---: Sidewalk cafes
Not certain this was the name, but it was an outside cafe Brasserie right down the street from Versailles.
Favorite Dish: We all had the huge long sandwiches with fresh homemade french bread! One tip we learned right off in Europe is to ask for the check when your food arrives-you hardly ever see your waiter again, so it's difficult to get refills or pay the bill-esp if you're on a schedule.
Brasserie Balzar: Icon in the 5th for Brasserie fare
The epicenter of iconic brasseries in the modern age, where extraordinary comfort food is complimented by media notoriety (best reported by Adam Gopnik in Paris to the Moon). When the Flo Group purchased this standout historical brasserie, the passionate regular customers exercised their rights of non-violent opposition to the perceived devolutionary move and...well, got used to eating, drinking and conversing well under new ownership. Okay, so it's a letdown result. But Brasserie Balzar is still a great brasserie and well worth a visit and a stay to take it all in.
Favorite Dish: Really everything is very good. We enjoyed seasonally fresh white asparagus as a side, a very nice bottle of wine, and chicken and fish presentations.
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Our favorite restaurant is without question Brasserie Balzar in the Rue des Ecoles near the Sorbonne. This famous brasserie deserves its reputation and popularity. Service and food are excellent and dining here will not break the
bank. Tourists and sophisticated Parisians alike frequent this restaurant. There
is always a sprinkling of Anglophones to make you feel more at home.
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roti, pommes frites, apple tart.
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