I'm looking for a delicious meal near Palais Garnier on a mid-December Saturday.
We are taking a tour that departs at Palais Garnier at 2:00pm and returns at 5:00pm. I'd guess that this creates the possibility of either an early lunch or an early dinner depending on your recommendations.
That Saturday will be the day after we arrive for vacation in Paris (10 days), Strasbourg, and Bruges, Belgium. We'll be staying in the 6'th at Hotel Au Manoir St. Germain des pres.
The only other dinner reservation I've made so far is Jules Verne. My first boyfriend after college always talked about it with such fondness; I want to experience it for sentimental reasons, even if its not as much in vogue these days..
This summer I read:
- John Talbott's incredibly informative blogs
- Paris by Mouth
- Chowhound of course
and copied and pasted info from there into our shared google drive docs we use for trip planning.
But that seems like a century ago; so much has happened since then. Family member was in hospice and then passed.
I know I need to start figuring this out. I've read (here?) that paris restaurants in December fill up quickly. I thought I'd start with something specific for this day since I know the location we'll be in.
1) In general, I enjoy eating out when it's a delicious meal that is beyond my (average) skill level or requires more time than I have available.
2) Atmosphere - When on vacation, I feel a stronger need to be in a nicer or interesting environment when dining out than at home. In other words, if deliciousness means a "dive" of a place, or as we have here in Austin Texas, eating delicious things from aspiring chefs food trucks in trailer parks, that's great. But when on vacation, I'm not comfortable in 'dives'.
I'd prefer full service or at least sit down in a place that is clean and either historic, visually interesting, either majestic quaint, or special in some way (an innovative chef, great classic dishes, etc).
3) We are omnivores though not "whole animal". I have completely enjoyed a braised beef tongue sandwich I felt adventurous for that :-). But things like pig knuckles, etc.. probably not.
4) We enjoy eating specific to the region or at least the country. I probably would never want to eat at a chinese restaurant while vacationing in Paris.
One of us has a seafood allergy. All seafood. So of course fish and shellfish. But also gelatin (with fish in it used to make gravies), worcestershire sauce (it has those sneaky anchovies), etc.
On the other hand I am fond of salmon, so would like to hear of any especially unique salmon preparations.
5) Budget. This is a special vacation. I haven't really set a meal budget. Last trip to Prague and towns nearby, our 2 most delicious and favorite meals were on opposite ends of the spending spectrum (in Cesky Krumlov, U dwau Maryí http://www.2marie.cz/5/en/normal/phot..., and the Four Seasons in Prague.)
From Google Maps, Palais Garnier is in the 9'th arr.
From John Talbott's blog, restaurants he enjoyed in the 9'th that caught my eye included:
Les Premices (I could not find on google
Le Roi des Coquillages
Paris by Mouth suggested:
Autour d’un Verre
Carnet de Route
La Maison Mere
La Régalade Conservatoire
Le Cul de Poule
Le Garde Temps
Le Vin au Vert
Les Pâtes Vivantes
For lunch consideration, which 2-3 would be the closest to Palais Garnier in case we are running late?