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On a recent sojourn in Paris, I dodged the burgers that are all the rage in Paris, you know, and instead opted for a mélange of traditional, perfectly executed French classics. I especially enjoyed a variety of avant-garde dishes from a generation of young French chefs, who are dominating Paris’ hot dining scene. I dropped into some of the city’s of-the-moment modern bistros and was also fortunate enough to experience old-school French cooking in its finest form — at home. While no amount of time is sufficient to experience the culinary paradise that is Paris in its entirety, here is a look at some of the best things I ate one recent week.

Veau, racines, angélique — rare veal with parsnip and celery root at Le Chateaubriand.

Filet au boeuf with Bibb lettuce, miso and barley at Yam’Tcha.

Foie gras confit licorice with caramelized Clementine orange at L’Ami Jean.

Homemade confit de canard bathing in all its glorious fat (home-cooked meal).

Escargot oozing with butter, garlic, thyme and parsley purée at Le Comptoir du Relais.

Fig miso-crème anglaise tart with a red wine reduction at Pierre Sang.

Delicate, briny oysters from a poissonnerie (fish monger) with a few tables on the street at L’Ecume Saint-Honoré.

Ispahan — a rose, raspberry, litchi creme macaron with plump, fresh raspberries at Pierre Hermé.

Restaurant addresses:

Le Chateubriand
129 avenue Parmentier
11éme, Paris 
(+33) 01-43-57-45-95

Yam’Tcha
4 rue Sauval
1éme, Paris
(+33) 01-40-26-08-07

L’Ami Jean
27 rue Malar
7éme, Paris
(+33) 01-47-05-86-89

Le Comptoir du Relais
6 Carrefour de l’Odeon
6éme, Paris
(+33) 01-44-27-07-97

Pierre Sang
55 rue Oberkampf
11éme, Paris
No reservations

L’Ecume Saint-Honoré
6 Rue du Marché Saint-Honoré
1éme, Paris

Pierre Hermé
http://www.pierreherme.com/
(multiple locations)