I am in absolute awe of the Paris restaurant scene! It seems like I have been reading guidebooks, including the Michelin Red Guide, day and night since the New Year. Every time I think that I have put together a list of restaurants at which I wish to dine, I happen across another one that begs for inclusion. If I were in Paris for 9 months rather than 9 days, the necessity of making good decisions would not be as imperative.
I am a pesco-vegetatarian. The woman with whom I am travelling does eat meat, but says that she will be content with fish and seafood.
We have rented an apartment somewhere near the Anvers Metro station on Rue de Dunkerque. The apartment is quite large - we could seat 8 in the dining room. Part of the reason we chose an apartment rather than a hotel was so we could breakfast "at home." We are unaccustommed to large morning meals, and will find it pleasant to start the days with pain au chocolat or brioche and cafe au lait from our espresso maker. We also will have the option of buying takeout food and eating a dinner or two in the apartment. And sometimes after a hard day of playing tourist, that might just seem like a very good plan.
I have read the advice on this board that it is often a good strategy to eat the main meal each day at lunch. However, we want to devote our daytime hours to exploring the city and so plan to eat our main meals in the in the evenings. Our plan is to eat lunch at boulangeries, since sandwiches or slices of quiche will be adequate. We don't have unlimited resources to spend on food, but want to enjoy some fine dining while we are in Paris. And we're willing to pay for the privilege.
Also, could someone let me know how far in advance I will need to make restaurant reservations?
I don't want to make plans for every night that we are in Paris, since I know that one can discover wonderful gems while wandering. But I will likely make reservations for 6 or 7 dinners.
So, here's the list that I have compiled after hours and hours of reading posts on this board and perusing the guidebooks. Please let me know if you think that my choices are appropiate, especially considering my dietary limitations. Here goes:
Le Cinq - for our big, memorable Paris dinner. (Thanks so much for directing us there!)
Les Fables de la Fontaine
Fish le Boissoniere (A "Bib Gourmand" restaurant, as is Cafe Constant.)
Here are a couple of places that are quite near our apartment (I believe) that sound good:
Carte Blanche (Another "Bib" selection)
Au Petit Riche.
Any other recommendations for the area would be especially valued.
Friends of my travel companion who live in Engleand have highly recommended:
Le Suffren, about which I know very little.
I would really appreciate any direction that you could provide. I don't know when I will be able to travel to Paris again, and really want to make the most of our time there. If I have made any ill-advised choices, please let me know. Thank you.