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Cassoulet in Paris


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I cannot seem to interest any of my friends in sharing the typical cassoulet served for two people. My last, best choice, le Relais St. Paul near my family's apartment in the Marais, is now a Thai restaurant.

Thus, I am looking for a good cassoulet that might be ordered for just one person in a restaurant that is not grand luxe. However, it should be something better than the 11 Euro version I saw today on the place de la Bastille -- made without any confit de canard!

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I have repeatedly ordered Christian Constant's version at Le Violon d'Ingres since he changed from a luxe, gourmet restaurant to an upscale, gourmet bistro a couple of years back. The change included a significant price reductiuon as well. It is infinitely more to my liking than some of the lesser quality, inconsistent offerings around town, e.g. Fontaine de Mars.

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The last one I had for one (I've since made it at home with Galerie Lafayette confit, Grand Epicerie sausages and Monoprix beans once a month about with great success) was at the Auberge Pyrenees Cevennes in the 11th and it was much too much for one to eat but not half-bad.

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The last one I had for one (I've since made it at home with Galerie Lafayette confit, Grand Epicerie sausages and Monoprix beans once a month about with great success) was at the Auberge Pyrenees Cevennes in the 11th and it was much too much for one to eat but not half-bad.

I had a terrible experience at L'auberge Pyrenees cevennes a few years back.

I left my food half eaten.

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I took advantage of a couple of free hours this morning to take a look at all three restaurants. I decided that if my step-mother is intererested when she gets to Paris next week, I will take her to the prettiest of the three mentioned, le Violin d'Ingres. I was able to get a reservation for Friday night. I have never been there, but have wanted to try it. I had not realized that I could get cassoulet for one there or I probably would have gone sooner.

If my stepmother does not want to go, my second choice based solely on appearance was L'Ecureuil, l'Oie et le Canard. This is where I will go if alone. Thus, I don`t have to worry about testing the current state of l'auberge Pyrenées Cevennes.

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The dinner tonight at Violon d'Ingres was wonderful. My stepmother loved it. She also thought the prices were very reasonable, with a 48 euro, 3-course prix fixe. We ended up splitting the cassoulet and splitting an agneau au lait (extra price), because it turns out she loves cassoulet, too. It was good that we didn't both order it. The portion was tremendous, although the confit was not a large piece itself. Unfortunately, it was so delicious we ate more of it than we should have.

The servers were very friendly. When we asked for an extra spoon for my stepmother to taste my soup (cream of pumpkin with wild mushrooms), they brought her a bowl instead (at no charge). As one would expect from Constant, desserts, too, were excellent. The only thing we didn't like were the petit fours at the end: Hard white meringue and standard caramels. Neither are things I ever like although I exclude from my dislike he Jacques Genin caramels, which are unreal.

It was not too loud. Only one person in the whole restaurant was smoking and, of course, even that will end soon.

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