To me, Valazquez is someone whose work loses it in reproduction. His room at the Prado* is an astonishing experience. Everything is <i>so</i> supremely great - and <i>so</i> much better than you'd think based only on reproductions. (The brushwork!) ____________________________________________________ * Although I guess they rearranged things a few years ago, right?
If he was so great, than I can only assume that it was the inbreeding that caused the Infante to have talons instead of hands. Either that or lousy technique.
Spring is low-60s, I believe. With matching wines, 120. My matching wines were just fine, not special. No Vincent Dancer! A COS white. a COS red. Hey, are we in France or Italy? Pretty modest pours, in fact. It's an enjoyable place, but a bit over-hyped in my view. No bargain either for what it is.
I would go to Saturne for lunch if you are looking for a lunch option. Just eliminate from you mind that it's anywhere close to a 2-star Michelin. Think hopefully-good modern bistro and you'll probably have a good experience. You'll probably enjoy the wine list, too.
I'm leaning towards Le Cinq for lunch, your prior suggestion seemed like a good one. Only two lunches, one on Sunday (traditionally l'As du Fallafel carried to the Place des Voges for us).
So I'm thinking Friday dinner, and especially Sunday dinner if La Cagouille isn't anything special. (Nancy got me thinking, I love simple fish, but after five days in Portugal and five days in Venice, I will be looking for something less simple).
I didn't see anything on Atelier de Joel Robuchon, that's the place I have planned to go for the last two Sunday nights in Paris, but have always been too full by then to go. (I'd forget about anything fancy re: wine). Any comments on that? Would it be hard to get in around 9pm Sunday?
I definitely appreciate the time and advice from you, Nancy, Orik et. al.
By the way, I'll probably be solo on Friday July 1, so if anyone is up for a late-ish dinner, let me know, you can pick the place.
I'm primarily interested in mail order discussion but since most input will be from stores so if we can focus on the main Murray's, that would be helpful.
I'll get it rolling:
Artisanal's fulfillment process has been problematic - omitting key things from an order without contacting me (price was adjusted but no time to substitue even though the order was placed a few days ahead of time).
There pricing is much higher than Murray's (Epoisse at $28 vs. $20). The 5% discount I get at Artisanal doesn't come close to closing the gap.
Finally, Artisanal doesn't carry Neal's Yard cheeses. My guess is that it's somehow a money issue with them; their public line is that they've decided to focus on more American cheeses.
On the other hand, the quality of what I do get from Artisanal is top notch. I got a Xmas gift from Murray's where 5 of the 6 cheeses were great, but one was way off (wet, wet ,wet). Do you see a clear difference between Artisanal cheese and Murray's?