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    Le Cinq in the George Cinq

    Not a dumb question. The fall menu was last served on Dec. 17, it's now the winter menu. I remember it having some truffle, foie gras, maybe scallops... it looked good. For men, the only requirement is to wear a jacket. You don't even have to bring your own, as they'll provide you with one if need be. That said, it may be more comfortable to wear you own. The tie is not mandatory at all.
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    Three Stars to Lunch in Paris...

    Re: Ledoyen waiter. I think I see who you're talking about. Well, maybe. Do you know if he worked at Le Cinq circa Legendre before? He was very helpful and really passionate. I really loved the service at l'Arpège, but maybe it was too much a well-oiled machine, with the same jokes being told to - apparently - every other tables, etc.
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    Le Cinq in the George Cinq

    I believe that's the hare dish they had last year. Julot has posted a photo of it, up there in this thread. It's good, but nothing like a good lièvre à la royale can be. I remember something less gamey, less rich than that.
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    Le Cinq in the George Cinq

    Back from a dinner at Le Cinq. We had the seasonal menu plus the pithiviers. Everything was absolutely perfect, and not that expensive, given the amount of food and wine we had. Some so-so photos (the room was very dimly lit) here: http://picasaweb.google.fr/miaaampics/LeCinqNov2009
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    Lievre a la royale in Paris

    No Lièvre à la Royale during Easter: hunting season ends late February/early March (I'm too lazy to check right now).
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    French vs American beef

    Travelling to Brussels is almost easier and faster than going to some parisian suburbs! As for mail order, apparently, it's being distributed by the UK "Natoora". I don't know if the Angus beef you can buy on the French website comes from O'Shea...
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    Le Cinq in the George Cinq

    Apparently, you can fit the Pithivier in the menu, with a small extra charge. However, as I believe it's a two-service dish, I don't know yet if they would replace two courses from the menu or just one. I hope I'll be able to comment on that soon...
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    Paris - lunch deals

    I don't do lunches, so I'm not the most knowledgeable, but your usual suspects for good lunch deals are Le Cinq (78 EUR), Gagnaire (a bit over 100 EUR I believe), Ledoyen (90 EUR or so), Savoy (100 EUR, only with internet reservations), La Grande Cascade (65 EUR, 85 EUR b.i., also available for dinner). Rostang (78 EUR) and Lasserre (65 EUR I I remember correctly), too. You can check on www.viamichelin.com, there's all the info you need.
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    Lievre a la royale in Paris

    Same camera+lens, but I used the custom white balance trick you told me about the other day. Oh and at least half of them were taken by my better half! Well, it was only noticeable on certain parts of one slice. I don't think I've ever eaten one that was totally exempt of this defect, except at Stella Maris, but it had other flaws. I guess I should try one of the very good ones...
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    Lievre a la royale in Paris

    I was at la Régalade Friday night, and game was all over the menu. Had the Lièvre à la Royale, a bit expensive for the place (+20 EUR on a 30,5 EUR menu), but well worth it. Two thick slices instead of one, that's one of the reasons why I love this restaurant so much. Oh, and the fact that it was very good, too. Other photos of the meal here: http://picasaweb.google.com/miaaampics/LaRegalade30102009
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    Arpege: 2006-present

    Been there a few months ago, for dinner. We didn't take the tasting menu (360 EUR), but did our own by splitting every dish. We had at least as much (and probably even more) food for much much less. 3 starters, 2 mains, cheese and 2 desserts ended costing us around 250EUR/pp for food alone. If you factor in all the amuse-bouche and mignardise, etc., we're talking about a BIG meal.
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    Lievre a la royale in Paris

    Anyone tried the one they serve at Au Bascou? Simon raves about it every year (well, he did in 2008 and 2009), but that still isn't enough for me to go there!
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    Le Meurice

    That would be a big plus for me, not a downside! Are you from the US? I'm asking because I ate rhubarb twice in the US last year, at two different places (JG and Ssäm bar, exactly) and I found it too sweet, on the contrary, lacking the sourness I like. I'm not sure if there's a difference in the variety of rhubarb used here and there, or if it's treated in a different way... And, well, maybe the one you had at Le Meurice was really too sour after all.
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    Tea in France

    Interesting. Would you mind sharing which websites you use to order your Chinese tea? And what about the customs? Don't the taxes drive up the cost prohibitively?
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    Piege guessing game

    Yep, I really can't begin to understand what would be Simon's added value there...
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