le Grand Colbert


Right behind the Palais Royal, is a restaurant that most people are familiar with. It is the Grand Colbert which is the restaurant in the movie, Something’s Gotta Give with Jack Nickelson and Diane Keaton. It is the scene in the last 20 minutes or so of the movie in Paris. Earlier in the movie Diane’s character say’s to Jack’s, “If we still know each other in January, let’s go to Paris and eat at le Grand Colbert. It is this wonderful little bistro and they have the best roast chicken in the universe!” This, of course, has lead to many Americans wanting to go here when they visit Paris.
It is a lovely place in the Belle Epogue style. The staff there will glady talk about the movie and when it was filmed. I was told that they closed the bistro for two weeks to do the filming and that some of the waiters got to be extras in the movie. The booth that the actors sat in in the last one in the back and is often asked for. Many people order the roasted chicken there as well. I’ve had the onion soup there which was very good and the salad is very good. I’ve never had the chicken. When I was there with some people we were asking about the movie and they brought out a scrapebook of the movie being made and some photos. There was an article also about the house used in the movie on the Eastern coast of the States that, to my surprise, wasn’t a real house but a movie set. I loved that house and the decoration. You can also buy an apron there with Grand Colbert on the front. In the window is the newspaper ad for the movie as well as an article about the large amount of chicken now ordered there.
I loved the movie-it’s a chick flick-but really, would you choose Jack over Keanu Reeves? Not me.

Conceptual art at the Palais Royal.

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