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Bistro For a First Quasi-Date: Central Paris, Monday...Specific Criteria

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Bistro For a First Quasi-Date: Central Paris, Monday...Specific Criteria

Simon | Jul 16, 2010 04:09 PM

Hi...fairly specific question...here are the specs:

I'm looking for a French bistro for a date on Monday...so critieria are:

-- Open Monday (obviously)

-- good yummy wine (easy)

-- but, a bistro that walks the line between being *slightly*, off-handedly romantic without being too romantic...for example, i'd thought about Le Reminet but the very-dark candlelit etc looks too obviously romantic for a first date that's not really a date...on the opposite side: Bistro Paul Bert (where i like the food) is too bright, casual, matter of fact, mainly about the food..and, higher-end fun places like Monsieur Lapin, which i love, are out because they are too formal...it must be comfy and relaxed yet somewhat special...

the restaurant choice should say: "We are just flirty friends dining together for the first time, so no expectations and it's just a fun simple dinner, yet: since we're in Paris and drinking wine and eating delicious food, let's play this out happily..."

I'm leaning strongly towards Chez Janou, which is a simple bistro, etc yet somewhat darkly lit enough to lend an air of "Casablanca" to the eve...lighting is important: not too bright, yet not too-too dark...

-- Should be as central as possible: my friend is coming from the 16ieme...i live on Isle St. Louis....her home is in the far south...

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