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“Quality and class not quantity and...”
Review of Gaya

Gaya
Ranked #1,371 of 18,461 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Reviewed 1 June 2013

This remains one of our favorite restaurants in Paris. If you prefer gastronomic innovation and taste to just plain quantity you won't be disappointed, you might be even surprised by Gaya's amazing food combinations and flavors. Fish (speciality) is very fresh and cooked to perfection.
Service is charming, unpretentious and very helpful, the sommelier is competent.We keep going back every time we visit Paris. Our preferred table is one of only two along the window on the first floor but we do agree with Washington Traveler21, the one below with view on the kitchen is not bad either.

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Reviewed 23 April 2013

This was our fourth visit over the last two years and the meal was the best yet! We know this restaurant is extremely committed to excellent modern French cooking, so we always sit at the small rear counter on the first two seats from the left, which give you, through a glass window, a clear view of the chefs at work in the kitchen just a few feet from where you are sitting. Seeing them in action is fascinating. We chatted up the serving staff who responded to our interest with great pleasure. When we praised a dish one went around the corner to the kitchen to tell the particular chef of our pleasure and he came to the window to wave and smile. It felt very personal and cheerful and warm.

I had the raw salmon starter, simple and pure and pleasingly garnished, including with a cold cheese sauce under the salmon - sounds horrid, but it was subtle and non-cheesy in taste - and my companion had the oysters, which included tiny circles of a lemon sauce which sent him raving. I had the sea bass and he the John Dory as mains; both were exquisite, light, and interesting. We both loved our desserts, one lemon, one pear.

To those reviewers who complain about portion size, I would say that the sizes were average or even a bit larger than average for France. There is a reason why most French people are so thin - they don't eat as much as many Americans do! (If your idea of a good dinner is a 36 oz. sirloin, this is NOT the restaurant for you.)

To those reviewers who complain about finding the menu hard to understand, simply ask your waiter. They are happy to explain everything in as much detail as you wish - and in English if that is your preferred language. I should add that when we left our waiter said, in French, "It is such a pleasure to serve customers who are so happy." We were indeed happy, and much of our happiness was due to the delightful evening at Gaya.

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Reviewed 1 February 2013

We were on our way up Rue de Bac towards Blvd. when we spied GAYA and decided to do a drop in. We were very glad we did. Starting with the best oysters we had outside of Troisgros, and moving through a really great John Dory with spinach; truffle soup with scallops, an excellent glass of rose champagne and a half bottle of brilliant Meursault and lunch as well as the afternoon were done and done very well indeed.

1  Thank Markydb
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Reviewed 15 October 2012

Hmmmm, where to start? Overpriced, extremely small dishes, bland and I was food poisoned. This ruined two days of my trip to Paris. Spoke to management and nothing was done to compensate me for this horrible experience. Do not go here unless you want to spend a couple of days in the bathroom. I wish there was a negative star rating.

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1  Thank QuentinF415
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Reviewed 11 October 2012

Just as other reviewers have stated, the menu is difficult to understand, the prices are very steep for miniscule portions, service is spotty, and ambiance is cold/stiff.

However, the worst part was food poisoning which ruined our short trip to Paris. What did the restaurant do? They expressed their 'concern' over email but then shunned the claim and failed to do the right thing by issuing an immediate apology and refund at least for the offending dish.

Food poisoning aside, it is just not worth it considering how many other great places there are in the city (Stephane Martin to name one - superb food, quaint ambiance, and attentive/friendly service). If you care about your money and health, eat elsewhere.

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