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Le 122 in the 7th: One More Warm Welcome and "best Dish I've Ever Had."

By Johntalbott

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Le 122 in the 7th is another place I've scouted out for Colette and my pals downstairs between their visits and on calling for a reservation was greeted most warmly once again as we were as well at the door - no, not the door pictured, that's the Institute of Horticulture where Colette thought she might find some kindred spirits.

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For amuse gueules we had a wonderful soup of intense tomato with a basil drizzle and a cupful of bread/nummies with salami slices.

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For entrees, Paga had the special terrine of the day, which our gracious host Farid Saidi informed us had about 4 ingredients in it including foie gras; Elan had the artichoke barigoule of artichokes (for the 2nd day in a row) which she grinned over while eating and Colette and I had the cream of watercress with lukewarm langoustines and teeny tiny clams - a superb dish if ever I had one.

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For mains, M. had the pigs' feet which (I think it was for the 3rd or 4th time this visit of theirs) he declared was the "best in his life;" Colette had the bar atop potiron cubes on a Jerusalem artichoke puree; and Madame and I both had the pigeon with cabbage which was very succulent and almost as good as it/they comes/come.

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For wine, I asked the assembled what region they wanted and today they voted to go Bordeaux but our host indicated we would be much happier with what actually was my original choice, a Languedoc-Rousillion, slightly chilled, for the same price, and indeed it was a perfect matcm.

With two bottles of that, no bottled water, great bread, no desserts (we were all too full), a double portion of Jacques Genin chocolates (two Bas Armagnacs offered as well), and 4 coffees, our bill was slightly under 112 E a couple.

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