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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Put Pedals to the Pavement in Paris


2. Where to Eat

Lao Lane Xang 2.  

Chef Christian Etchebest opened La Cantine du Troquet (101, rue de l'Ouest; no phone, no reservations)—a casual spinoff of his popular restaurant Troquet—in June. Pair Basque-inspired dishes like mint pea soup and roast chicken in black-olive sauce with one of the young, bold—and more affordable—wines (like a 2006 Côtes d’Auvergne) on the list.

Young chef Sylvain Sendra opened his Itinéraires (5, rue de Pontoise; 33-1-46-33-60-11) in the Latin Quarter in April. He serves a rotating selection of carefully executed modern bistro fare, like a “cappuccino” made with puréed oysters and braised beef cheek with buttery mashed potatoes, in a surprisingly relaxed atmosphere.

Parisian restaurants are often shuttered Sunday nights, but not Lao Lane Xang 2 (102, avenue d’Ivry; 33-1-58-89-00-00), an upscale Laotian–Southeast Asian restaurant that opened in Chinatown last winter. The spicy toasted rice salad with hints of lime and chile and duck breast lacquered in a red curry and tamarind sauce cleanse the palate after a weekend of heavy French food.

Published on Sep 10, 2008 as a web exclusive.

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