32, rue du Vertbois
Phone: 01 48 87 77 48
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Sep - Jul
Wed-Sun 12:15pm-1:30pm, 7:30pm-11pm
Average Main Course Price is €150
One of those un-adorned façades that houses a 12-table dining establishment, L'Ami Louis is a Parisian staple. It's not cheap -- about 150euro per head for lunch-- and it's not easy to get a reservation, but it's so worth it. Louis Gadby serves haute couture foie gras, duck from Barbarie, pork from the black pigs of Gascony, and handpicked black truffles from his own closely-guarded sources. Even Alice Waters counts this as her favorite Paris restaurant (it's said).
If you're an epicurean -- as in slabs of foie gras and chicken cooked in goose fat - you're gonna love this place. It's not a romantic date restaurant, because your fellow diners could be anyone from Clinton (yes, Bill), to the celebrity on this week's cover of People, but for an authentic French meal at a famous, but not flashy, address, this is your sure bet. IF you can get a table.
Best Because: L'Ami Louis is for gourmets who like the best of authentic French food and don't mind paying for it.