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Le Polidor: To be avoided. No service quality at all
TO BE AVOIDED. NO SERVICE AT ALL.
First of all, when we had just sat down for 10 secs, the waitress (probably the owner) cried at my friend " no bags on the passage!" - we certainly received a very warm welcome, not.
Then we found that they didn't take credit card so my friend had to go take some cash. During the 5-minute wait, the waitress (same person) chased me up 3 times to order and literally shouted " can you hurry up? I have a lot of people tonight!" ( If I was alone, I would have ordered but I had to wait for my friend to come back as anyone would have done so as a matter of courtesy.)
Anyway, she killed my appetite. We left right away.
I understand that it was a Saturday night but even though Woody Allen shot his movie there and famous people used to frequent this place, you don't talk to people in that manner.
Save your money for a service you deserve!
Crémerie Polidor: Traditional food well-served *6e
Although the name of the restaurant comes from serving ice cream in the early years of the 1900s, the restaurant itself dates to 1845. It is popular with artists and writers as well as students. The "Polidor" comes from the Greek -- the word meaning "having rich gifts" or "well-endowed." No credit cards are accepted. It is open daily for both lunch and dinner.
On a recent visit I had two starters, a squash soup and smoked salmon. The soup was quite bland, but the salmon hit the spot.
Favorite Dish: Hard to choose. It's French comfort food and the boeuf bourguignon, confit de canard, or blanquette de veau are tasty & reliable, if not exciting, choices.
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Polidor: Crèmerie Polidor
Here's another restaurant I've been dying to try for years! It's a real budget find with plats du jour running between 11-14€. Of course, the plats du jour have only 1 choice per day:
Monday - Boudin 11€ (Blood Sausage)
Tuesday - Hachis Parmentier 11€ (Shepherd's Pie)
Wednesday - Petit Salé aux Lentilles 12€
Thursday - Boeuf Mironton 12€
Friday - Hachis Parmentier 11€
Saturday - Langue de Boeuf piquante (Beef Tongue)
Sunday - Souris d'Agneau confite
If you find having only one choice stifling, they also have set menus at 22€ & 32€.
Reportedly, this was André Gide's (famous French writer) favorite restaurant, it also boasts such clientele as Kerouac, James Joyce, Hemingway, Paul Valery & Antonin Artaud. Of course, being a Beatchick I'm very much interested in this restaurant's association with Jack Kerouac!
Be warned, this restaurant holds one of those famous historic Turkish squat toilettes - hope your thigh muscles are strong!!
This past trip (Nov '07) I'd made plans to join up with some friends for dinner here. Alas, the transit strike prevented our meeting.
Favorite Dish: I'm dying to try the Hachis Parmentier and the Boeuf Mironton. My dear, departed friend, Sandye, loved this place and said they're supposed to have THE BEST Tarte Tatin in Paris; she was forever regaling me with her memories of the Crème de Potiron (pumpkin soup). Mmmm.
Photos: February 2006 & Christmas 2002 (credit: Sandye Utley)
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Polidor: Good traditionnal cooking
Polidor is typical old French restaurant. Don't be mislead by what is written on their front : it is a restaurant and not a "crémerie" ! At the back of the main dining room, they have a cupboard with brass labels were regular dinners used to put their table cloth, kept for each of them. You will not have your own table : they fill all tables with customers as they arrive. The cooking is good. I recommand the"blanquette de veau" (veal simmered in a lemon sprinkled white sauce)
They do not have a web site but this site will give you the opinion of customers and this one on the history of this restaurant.
February 2007: Thank you Mary (VT BeatChick) for giving me the link with the new website of Restaurant Polidor
Polidor: A Paris Institution
Arrive early to this Paris institution, as this place fills up quite fast for lunch. The main room seats about 80 people. This was my third visit to Polidor and although the food was good, their prices have gone up quite a bit and it's not longer the bargain it used to be. Still, it's a great dining experience.
Favorite Dish: I had their house terrine, which was quite delicious (4.50€) followed by chicken in a cream sauce and white rice (13€).
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Le Polidor.: Le Polidor.
Great basic food. Nothing too fancy, basically a neighborhood joint. I have eaten alone there on many occasions, and made great friends with some people I met on Thanksgiving a few years ago. Long style tables, so you always end up talking to someone.
James Joyce ate here. Regulars have their own cloth napkins in the funny numbered drawers on the back wall.
Favorite Dish: Boeuf bourguignon & get the cassis sponge cake for dessert.
Polidor: Polidor Restaurant
This restaurant is written up in most American guidebooks as is serves french food at reasonable prices.
Joyce, Hemingway, and Kerouac have frequented at this establishment.
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