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Review of La Cordonnerie

La Cordonnerie
Ranked #588 of 17,766 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $32
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Louvre / Palais-Royal
Reviewed October 1, 2012

Three of us dined at La Cordonnerie on September 26, and it was one of the high points of our 10 days in Paris. Do not expect a big, glitzy, or high-priced restaurant. It is tiny - seats only 18 people - and reservations are a must. The chef/owner has run it for nearly 20 years, and his parents had it before him. It is clearly a labor of love and pride in presenting excellent food, freshly prepared--and if you're lucky enough to get one of the tables in the kitchen area of the restaurant, you can see him at work, which is like a culinary ballet. The one waiter is charming and efficient, although has limited English abilities. The chef speaks English quite well and is happy to recommend and explain dishes and wines. We ordered mostly from the daily specials, which included a wonderful hearty mushroom soup with ham; a creamy cucumber salad; and a green salad with shrimp - all wonderful! We tried both fish and beef dishes and they were terrific. Wine list is small but has some great bottles on it. Prices are very reasonable, and it was a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable dining experience.

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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We just left the restaurant a few hours ago and this is my second time on this trip to be so fortunate to eat at La Cordonnerie. Hugo the chef is the owner and his nephew is the wait staff. There are 7 tables in total. I don't understand why the other person who reviewed this restaurant said the food was"basic". This is the most amazing food I've had in a long time.
The fois gras appetizer is sautéed with cocoa, butter and balsamic drizzled on top. The dessert is bananas flambé, which is to dye for. Amazing.
All the fish dishes are fresh. Hugo goes to market daily to pick what the menu will be for the evening. This is one of those destination spots in the world.

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1  Thank mklor
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

I really think this restaurant is over rated, the dishes offered are really basic, with no presentation or decoration.
The chef and waiter were kind, but the place is dumpy and felt unclean.
I am sure you could find a cheaper, more traditional restaurant to dine out.

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1  Thank MHZ81
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

This is a truly excellent restaurant! We arrived in Paris on Friday but couldn't get a booking till the Monday, and I can see why. It's very small, with just a chef and a very efficient waiter working there. The atmosphere is superb. We noticed that the chef explained all the dishes in English to non-francophones, even though the waiter speaks quite good English. As for the food, SUBLIME! The fried pate de foie gras in a balsamic and cacao sauce was brilliant. Both the stingray and the entrecote were top quality produce and well presented. I cannot praise this place highly enough.

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Reviewed September 14, 2012

Had dinner there two nights ago.... very friendly welcome and delicious little antipasto to keep one amused while awaiting the first course. Service was excellent. My daughter-in-law's starter of crudités was very good, and her fish was rated exellent; my son had an excellent plate of cochonnailles - many different kinds of cold meat, followed by the veal escalope. I had the terrine which was very good, and my veal escalope was accompanied by a delicious mushroomy creamy sauce, but was a bit tough. We shared three balls of sorbet to finish. All in all a very pleasant experience, and the chef came out to see that everything was all right. Only one drawback - its deserved reputation has got around so it was full of viisitng tourists. Booking essential.

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