The sixth is the center of our Parisian universe.  Though we take up just a tiny sliver of its 0.8 square mile (about 300 square feet to be exact), we have spent a large chunk of our dining hours within its boundaries, everywhere from hole-in-the-wall joints to nicer sit-down restaurants to the well-frequented Monoprix supermarket for a meal back at home.  There remain many known and unknown gems to be sampled but we have no doubt that we will get through most of them, or fail trying.  After all, we love eating as much as we love living where we live.
 
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Two Baguettes
   
Aloï
7, rue des Ciseaux
Closed Sundays
01.43.26.00.43
M° Saint-Germain-des-Prés

 
Euro - 9 to 16

When we first stumbled upon this little ancient alleyway across from the Church of Saint-Germain, we were giddy at the thought of all of the culinary possibilities it offers.  Then, we started visiting some of those possibilities and began to think differently.  There are gems and there are non-gems.  This one falls among the latter.

The sleek and modern purple exterior and large prints of the Buddha evoke chic dining, which is undoubtedly the demographic that this restaurant hopes to ensnare.  Even the name with the umlaut is hip.  We visited during lunch one day and after studying the expectedly expensive menu opted for the less pricy lunch Menu A (10.90€).  First off were the nems that tasted good, in an average sense.  Next came the main courses, émincés de blanc de poulet au curry rouge for Nez and émincés de filet de boeuf sauté au wok for Riot.  The beef dish appeared to be more of a Chinese cuisine vintage than the advertised Thai; the curry was decidedly more Thai but then again tasted only so-so.

In the end, what we just consumed was not the Thai food we had sought.  All in all, in spite of the fancy décor, this is merely run-of-the-mill food that is probably not worth those scarce euros.

 
 
 
 
 
  A nem is a nem is a nem:  The nems that came with the lunch menu tasted good but it takes a lot to get it wrong when it comes to deep-frying.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
  Getting to the basic with a bowl of red curry:  The émincés de blanc de poulet au curry rouge (10.90€ lunch menu) was only so-so.
 
 
 
 
 
  Another dish that bore the wrong geographical signature:  The émincés de filet de boeuf sauté au wok was beef stir-fry that lacked any Thai flavors.
 
 
 
 
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