Open Hours: Lunch: noon-2p Tu-F, Dinner: 7p-midnight M-F
French delicacies are cooked in a very contemporary style at Michel's. The convivial atmosphere puts you perfectly in sync with the Fried Bacon ... More
French delicacies are cooked in a very contemporary style at Michel's. The convivial atmosphere puts you perfectly in sync with the Fried Bacon accompanied with jacketed potatoes or with mashed potatoes. Book a table in advance or you'll have to wait in queue.
I've lived in Paris for about six months, and have been to many restaurants throughout the Ile-de-France and the Loire regions, and had high hopes for this place given its reputation. It turned out to be one of the most disappointing, frustrating dining experiences of my life.
The food was mediocre and not particularly flavourful. That's not what frustrated me. The service -- including a mis-representation of the so-called "formule -- was what convinced me to never come back. Our waitresses (we had two) did not bother to explain the extremely strange practice of a formule-only dining structure, nor did they bother explaining that if we ordered anything from the chalk board (what I assumed were daily specials) that we would be charged for the formule (which we did not order from) PLUS be charged for each individual plate we did order ON TOP of that. In effect, we paid twice -- for the blah meal we ordered, and for a meal we did not.
We felt as though we had been swindled. If the food had at least been delicious or the service sympathetic, it would not have stung so much. Awful, exasperating, disappointing experience. Never going back. Would advise you to take your tastebuds and purses elsewhere.
Chez Michel is certainly one of the best reasonable-priced dining experiences in the city. Chef Theirry cooks delicious, classical-yet-contemporary dishes, elegantly plated, in a relaxed yet classy, refined but unpretentious atmoshphere. There's only one menu, a prix-fixe at �30 which covers the typical entr�e, plat et dessert, with a nightly specials board that displays the chef's whims on that particular evening (often the specials are seasonal dishes - but note that almost all have supplements of �10-�20). The service was decent but inconsistant: most of the serveuses, it seemed, were very nice and friendly - unfortunately, though, ours was quite frosty, especially at first, and rather slow.
The food itself was absolutely superb. My appetizer was supposed to be magret de canard, but a shortage of this dish meant that I was offered a special entr�e of foie gras with a confiture aux figues (fig jam) and toasted pain de campagne. The bloc of foie gras was massive, easily the size of a filet mignon - and much denser (I could only manage to eat half of it). The configure was quite nice and made a good, simple pairing with the foie gras; the bread I could have done without and personally think that brioche would have worked much better. My plat was joue de b�uf (beef cheek), and this dish was in fact one of the best beef dishes that I've ever had. The meet was slow-braised and literally just melted in my mouth - absolutely delicious. And the dessert, a very flaky, buttery and heavy cake of which I dare not attempt to spell the name, was very good (the butteriest ever, I figure) but lacked flare.
As far as the other dishes that I tasted (complements of my dining companions), the asparagus cream soup was very good, and the market salad was very nice. Apparently the carpaccio de t�te de veau was very good, too. As far as the plats were concerned, each one was delicious in its own right - the roast chicken and the seabream were excellent, and the lamb was mind-blowingly tender and flavorful. Other desserts included a panna cotta (very nice) and caramelized bananas topped with a quenelle of delicious, dense chocolate mousse.
All in all, dinner for four with a bottle of nice champagne and bottles of water came to �174. Excellent experience, would certainly return.
�30 prix-fixe; Decent wine list; Relaxed business dress; Reservation essential; M�tro: Gare du Nord
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