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La Coupole: A Good Old Reliable Brasserie
“His father, Vincent, took him to La Coupole in Paris and, after sitting on the terrace for a while, walked off and forgot him. It was the perfect start in life for a writer.”
— Anatole Broyard (1920-1990)
Established in 1927 La Coupole once attracted such patrons as Josephine Baker, Henry Miller, Salvador Dalí, Alexander Calder, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Picasso. Situated in Montparnasse, a prime center of artistic life in the early 20th century, it is a reliable brasserie, attracting a mix of bourgeois families, tourists, and diners of a certain age eating out tout seul. Thirty-two painted pillars that form the supports in the immense dining room. These were painted by students of Matisse and Fernand Léger. There is a coupole, that gives the brasserie its name.
There are sidewalk tables where you can sit with your cup of café and watch the world pass. Or you could enjoy lunch or dinner. The place is open daily 8:30am-1am. For those lodging near-by and whose quarters does not offer a breakfast there is a breakfast buffet Monday through Friday, 8:30-10:30am. The food is quite good. The hustle and bustle is part of the entertainment of the place. The waiters are as polite and attentive as their busy schedules allow, and that really is all the time.
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La Coupole: did U say "Tour d'Argent" ?
OK, I will say it :
if U were passing thru Paris and had time for only 1 meal 2 taste "French"..this would be it .
having lived in Paris for a few yrs
regular visits 2 this elegant resto would mellow out all the agony a stranger would come abrupt in the Holy City .
a landmark brasserie, to be exact, open since 1927 .
history of over 70yrs is nothing 2 compare in this old city
but the cuisine is classic, w/ a modern touch
/or/ U might say "Nouveau Cuisine" .
the price is not as threatening as the infamous "Tour d'Argent" while U can hop in for lunch as a true "brasserie" or dine out later w/ full elegance .
because of its everlasting popularity, "no reservation" accepted .
and when it's all ~ over, sip a round glass of Calvados outside and watch Paris pass by .
Favorite Dish: Apple AND Honey'd Curry..yummy
La Coupole: La Coupole
La Coupole est une brasserie parisienne située dans le quartier du Montparnasse, dans le 14e arrondissement, et qui fut un haut lieux du Tout-Paris dans l'entre-deux guerres.
Ouverte le 20 décembre 1927, par Ernest Fraux et René Lafont, la coupole connaît un rapide succès. La décoration Art Déco y est omniprésente. Le peintre Alexandre Auffray exécuta 33 peintures
La Coupole: Avoid the "Salade Waldorf"
My wife and I lived and worked (in local companies using french as our principal language)) in Paris for five years. Now we usually visit France twice a year and pick a well known restaurant for a least one of our lunches while there (Jules Verne, Cafe Flore); this time we chose La Coupole. We were surprised to see "Waldorf Salade", a typically American dish on the menu and would not normally have ordered it in a French bistro but it was advertised as Specialite de la Maison since 1927. On eating the presented salad I found no trace of the walnuts which are the essential component. Upon complaining to the waiter, I was brought a dish of walnuts. This does not a waldorf salad make. The nuts must be mixed in the whole before serving. It appears that neither the wait staff nor the chef knows or cares how their so-called specialty should be prepared. We were extremely disappointed with the food and the service and will certainly not return. However, we take away one good story: this is the first time I have been able to correct a french chef in the preparation of his speciality!
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