My wife and I will be visiting your beautiful city in May. We will arrive on the 14th and leaving on the 17th.
I have tried to go through as many posts as I can and have gone through many fantastic blogs for resource mainly:
Paris by Mouth
At this time, it is getting a little overwhelming and I need some help to stay focused given the short amount of time I have in Paris.
I have made reservations to Spring for the 15th for lunch and a wine tasting at O'Chateau at 3pm on the 16th. Other than that, we are very open as far as our dining options are concerned.
We purchased a couple of Paris passes and hence we will be running around the city at all the major attractions. Hence we may not even be able to properly plan for our meals this far in advance. However, given the popularity of some of the restaurants I've checked out and liked and within our budget (Le 6 Paul Bert, Abri, Pirouette, La Papilles etc.), it seems like advance reservation is absolutely required.
My question for the board is:
1. If I can do just one dinner, which one of the restaurants I mentioned above would you go with? If we can squeeze in another lunch on the 16th before O'Chateau, which would you prefer? Seems like both Abri and Pirouette both have pretty affordable lunch prix fixes.
2. Would you recommend to have no plans and eat our way through Paris as we see/like while treking around town visiting all the major attractions? We are very open/adventurous eaters and would love to try a little of everything. So I'm sure we will be tempted to grab food as they come up (ice cream, macarons, pastry, falafel, oysters, baguette etc.)
3. What are some of your favourites that do not take/need reservations. I'm thinking I should keep a couple of those in mind just in case I wander into the neighbourhood. Something along the lines of Frenchie bar a Vins?
We are from Toronto and we are looking to stick to a reasonable budget with the exception of a couple of good meals (Spring and one good dinner $50pp). She is a non-drinker while I wouldn't mind a glass here and there.
Thanks all for your help in advance!