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Gail Simmons’ Paris favorites

When we learned that Gail Simmons (reigning queen of the Top Chef franchise) would be returning to Paris for the first time in a decade, we asked our Twitter followers to share some favorite spots for food & wine. Your most frequent suggestions? Le Comptoir du Relais, Chez l’Ami Jean, & Gérard Mulot.

At the end of her stay, I caught up with Gail for dinners (she put away two full meals that night) and to ask which mouthfuls had made an impression.

Gail Simmons’ Top Paris Tastes

  • The boudin noir (blood sausage) and roast coquelet with potatoes and root vegetables at Le Comptoir du Relais
  • The cod with smoked eggplant and pleurotes (king oyster mushrooms) at Frenchie

Your full set of Twitter suggestions

L’Arpège and l’Ami Jean not to be missed. – @101points

L’Epi Dupin for lunch, rice pudding at l’Ami Jean. – @lvd123

Must go to Angelina pâtisserie rue de Rivoli of course and Le Comptoir – the bistrot of Yves Camdeborde! – @fpnegroni

A meal at Yves Camdeborde’s Le Comptoir du Relais. Macarons at Gérard Mulot. Green tea millefeuille at Sadaharu Aoki. – @frogprincesse

Pâtes de fruits from Pierre Hermé by St. Sulpice. Amazing amazing dinner at Le Chateaubriand, including duck heart… L’As du Fallafel in le Marais. Tea from Nina’s Salon de Thé in the 1st. Macarons from Gérard Mulot. – @KiraTV

Dinner at Spring Restaurant. – @drjenniferbaer

We recommend dinner at Pizza Positano followed by dessert at Gérard Mulot! – @TwelveOaksBakes

Has @gailsimmons hit up Le Baratin? So much better than RL’s limp hamburger-serving Ralph’s! (Luv your clothes tho Ralphie!) – @literarygroup

Don’t miss Un Dimanche à Paris, chocolate concept shop. – @flavorsofparis

Septime is a must but I also recommend Pomze, my favorite. – @LostNCheeseland

Le Gaigne (near Pompidou), and Le Dali in Le Meurice Hotel. – @phlu

It’s not “fine cuisine” but for delicious seafood & great wines in a fun atmosphere, try Fish near Rue de Buci! – @PeteyNYCHHI

Chez Gladines in the 13th! Used to live in Paris, ate there weekly. – @ThePlebeReport

You must shop and taste at Le Grand Epicerie at Le Bon Marché. Also Guenmai – vegetarian in 6th arrondissement. – @NEVlondon

Le Petit Bofinger has the world’s best gazpacho! – @yabastaal

Restaurant Pasco in the 7th arr is a hidden gem! The goat cheese stuffed peppers are divine! Also all of Rue Cler. – @2Plus2NYCReview

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Cuisine de Bar by Barbra Austin

Cuisine de Bar

This lunch spot is run by the Poilâne people, and features tartines – open faced sandwiches, hot and cold – on their famous bread. Locations in the 6th and 3rd.

Practical information

Address: 8 rue du Cherche Midi, 75006
Nearest transport: Saint Sulpice (4) or Sèvres-Babylone (10, 12)
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 45 48 45 69
Website

Additional locations

Address: 38 rue Debelleyme, 75003
Nearest transport: Filles du Calvaire (8)
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 8am – 5pm, Saturday, 9am-7pm, Sunday 9am-4pm, closed Monday
Reservations: Reservations not accepted
Telephone: 01 44 61 83 40

Reviews of interest

David Lebovitz (2011) “…my previous favorite is the simplest they make: crisp bâtons of pain Poilâne spread with sardine paste, good olive oil drizzled over the top, and a sprinkling of chives…It’s one of the best deals in town (currently around €14), especially considering the top-notch quality of the food.”

 

 

 

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Poilane by Meg Zimbeck

Poilâne

One of the great bakeries of Paris, and not a baguette to be found.

 An absolute favorite

Practical information

Address: 8 rue du Cherche Midi, 75006
Nearest transport: St. Sulpice (4)
Hours: Closed Sunday
Telephone: 01 45 48 42 59
Website Facebook

Additional locations

Address: 49 boulevard de Grenelle, 75015
Nearest transport: Dupleix (6)
Hours: Closed Monday
Telephone: 01 45 79 11 49

Address: 38 rue Debelleyme, 75003
Nearest transport: Filles du Calvaire (8)
Hours: Closed Monday
Telephone: 01 44 61 83 39

Reviews of interest

David Lebovitz (2011) “…there’s something special about the bread at Poilâne – it has a certain flavor, just the right tang of sourdough, dark and husky but with an agreeable légèreté…I am also crazy for Poilâne’s apple tartlets.”

David Lebovitz (2009) Recommended in The Sweet Life in Paris.

Dorie Greenspan (2008) “…you can’t leave Paris without going to Poilane…and trying the big, heavy, dark brown, dense and delicious sourdough round…”

Barbra Austin (2008) ” The shelves are a symphony of browns, from the pale “mie” of the famous Pain Poilane, to the golden butter cookies…”

Clotilde Dusoulier (2008) Recommended in Clotilde’s Edible Adventures in Paris.

Cool video


“The Art of Baking Bread,” an interview with Dorie Greenspan and the late Lionel Poîlane by David Turecamo for CBS News

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