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“French home cooking”
Review of La Varangue - CLOSED

La Varangue
Price range: $24 - $49
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Tour Eiffel / Invalides
Reviewed June 20, 2013

Completely unpretentious French restaurant filled with locals and, since a certain travel guru whom I won't mention because I think he's a geek, mentioned this place, tourists have frequented it. Phillippe is the guy who runs the show and does a great job. The food is simple and delicious. Velvety lobster bisque, melt in your mouth boeuf bourguignon led us to come here twice. Prices are reasonable for Paris and service is friendly and quick.

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Thank TonyLINY
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

We selected this small restaurant on Rick Steve's recommendation. (We are learning, that while his recommendations for towns and hotels are usually very helpful, his restaurant suggestions are not as reliable to us.) The place is small and could be a lot more charming with a little more decorating effort. "Phillippe" approaches each table (all Americans) in a kneeling position and reads the menu from a blackboard. He speaks English with a French accent, but, he is supposed to be from the Philadelphia area!!??

The food was disappointing. The snails were average and we did not find the butter sauce very exciting. The beef burgundy stew was void of any mushrooms or onions and had one small piece of potato and the same amount of carrot. It was served with mashed potatoes AND a mound of white rice. And, in what universe is Veal Provençale made with ground veal? A small meatloaf-like oval sat upon the same mashed potatoes with a consistency so even that they reminded us of instant. The chocolate cake was good, but, not great.

The food was not bad. It is just disappointing. If you are happy with a Stouffer-like meal, then this is your place. But, for a dinner in Paris, not so much.

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3  Thank mainlinemadelyn
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Reviewed May 21, 2013 via mobile

We stopped here as one of my friends was vegetarian, and it was one of the few places we saw that catered for vegetarians. The menu was simple - 5 or 6 choices for meat eaters and about 3 for vegetarians.

When the food came it was absolutely delicious, portion sizes were good also, we left feeling very full (but still managed to squeeze in dessert...)

The chef spoke good English, was happy to make reccommendations. The place is small amd has great atmosphere - reccommended.

2  Thank mazambane
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

We dined here in 2011 with part of a Rick Steves tour group and the food was delicious; however, went again this year and was not impressed. Escargot was as good as before, but the plats were forgettable and overpriced. My salmon was dry and tasteless. Worst disappointment was the chocolate cake. From previous trip, I remembered the warm cake with the gooey hot center, a true delight. This trip, the cake was taken straight from the refrigerator and plopped in the middle of some mediocre white sauce. Cake had decent flavor, but was cold and dry, something you could find at a supermarket. We were the only customers in the place on a Friday night and that should have warned us. Apparently, Philippe makes his living entirely by serving groups steered here by Rick Steves' guides. I would advise Rick to remove this place from his next Paris guidebook. A block away is Cafe constant, one of the best in Paris, with comparable prices. Go there instead.

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2  Thank TerryH621
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

Philippe is the owner/chef who speaks English and has created a niche serving American tourists who want to dine earlier than the locals. Once the tourists clear out it is time for the locals to come in. The food is not gourmet or expensive but is very tasty and well worth the trip. I dine here multiple meals whenever I visit Paris. Highly recommended.

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2  Thank World H
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