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“Awesomeness in Paris”
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Ranked #182 of 17,520 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $84 - $150
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Opera / Bourse
Reviewed October 28, 2013 via mobile

What an awesome place to spend a dinner in Paris. It's not just about French food, it's about the future of what a globalized dinner should be. You can tell the American influences in the way the French chef and owner cook. The city of lights has never seen something like this, neither you... Great place for couples, be on time, make a reservation months ahead...

1  Thank Luis R
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

It used to be next to impossible to make a telephone reservation at Frenchie's. There were designated times of day when they said they answered the phone to take reservations. The problem was, whenever I called during those hours (from the United States) all I ever got was a recorded message. It was VERY frustrating.

Now, you can book a table months in advance on the internet and they contact you shortly before your reservation and ask you to reconfirm. It was so easy.

When we first started going to Frenchie's several years ago, rue du Nil was a dark and lonely place. Now not only does Frenchie have the restaurant, he has a very successful wine/tapas bar across the street and Frenchie To Go right down the street at 9 rue du Nil. The night we dined at Frenche, Frenchie to Go was packed with diners.

Things have changed in the kitchen at Frenchie over the years. Frenchie (Chef Marchand) and one or two others used to do all of the "hands on" cooking. The night we ate there, Frenchie buzzed in and out of the kitchen, obviously keeping an eye on his other dining places, as well as on the food being served in the restaurant. From what I could see in the kitchen, there were 4 young, intense male cooks and a young female who seemed to be doing prep work. In the front of the restaurant, there used to be only the sommeliere who handled everything from seating diners, taking reservations, taking food orders, serving food and discussing wine options. There are now three women, who handle those duties.

The food we had was delicious. As always, there are only two choices for each course. We each got one of the choices. For starters, there was a quail and mushroom dish and a scallop and pork belly dish. Both were yummy. For the main course there was veal and trout - again both very, very good. Dessert consisted of a plate of house made ice cream or the most delicious dessert I have ever had - a concoction of chocolate, caramel and salt - which was outstanding!! Our bill for two people, with a bottle of wine was 130 euros.

The bread served with dinner was incredible. I asked if it was made there. Turns out it came from a bakery called du Pain and des Idees in the canal St. Martin area. I have NEVER tasted bread like this before. It was a crusty brown bread that tasted like sour dough. I could have made a meal of just that bread.

With all the additional help, service at Frenchie has improved. The food remains consistently delicious. A real bonus is the ability to make email reservations - a tremendous improvement. You just need to plan way in advance to be able to book a table when you want to dine there.

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Reviewed October 20, 2013

Full disclosure my nephew is one of the chef's at Frenchie but the man behind the idea Greg is a genius to carve this piece of gold out of a little alley way Rue du Nil. The restaurant and the wine bar and impeccable and now Frenchie To Go give you an opportunity to enjoy Frenchie almost 18 hours a day.....

1  Thank fay V
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

Excellent restaurant. A tough reservation that is fully worth the hassle. Fresh and innovative cooking. Good value. The trout dish was a real standout. Veal a little tough but great flavor. Tiny place. Wine bar is great too.

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1  Thank jwobkk
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

We heard about Frenchie from the owner of Telescope Cafe (Rue Villedo 5, 1st arr... GREAT coffee) and since it was impossible to get dinner reservations for that same night, we took a tip from the sous chef at Frenchie (very nice and helpful) to show up at the Frenchie Bar a Vin right across the street at 7 pm that night. We showed up at 6:50 and there was already a line, but we squeaked in and started a great evening. It's first-come, first-served and you're seated at tables for 6. We don't find this awkward, and we met a really cool couple seated right next to us with whom we chatted off-and-on all night. The wine selection was great (we are not wine snobs and loved the two bottles we ordered- fairly decent price range, too) and OMG, the food. The food was brilliant. You can see some of the preparation through the open kitchen window, which was also really cool. Service was fast, and for a pretty high-stress environment for a server, they were not unpleasant and were helpful when we had questions. Can't say enough great things about the food!! Everything was executed perfectly, and there was such a wide variety. I could go on and on about the food (I did write it up on my food blog, www.thefoodhound.com), but the menu is online, and worth checking out- know that everything was great! My husband and I shared 5 small plates and although we wanted to eat everything on the menu, 5 was sufficient for us. Had to leave room for wine, you know :) The Bar a Vin is now totally on our list of must-visits every time we're in Paris, and next time I will plan ahead and make reservations way in advance to try the Frenchie Restaurant!

Thank Kate B
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