All May, 2008:
Lunch at Le Comptoir:
I thought the meal here was average, and very rushed. I don't speak French and the waitress did not speak English. I believe I had some sort of dish with oxtail. It was a little heavy for lunch and nothing special. I wish I had gone there with a better plan as to what I wanted to order.
Lunch Mon Veil Ami:
I really loved this place, and would definitely return here during another trip to Paris. Again, the waitress did not speak English, but I ordered the plat du jour and was rewarded! I believe the dish was some sort of salted fish with mashed potatoes and micro greens. It was wonderful. Great textures, beautiful colors, great taste. The restaurant itself is very charming, and quite romantic. Excellent value for excellent food.
Dinner at L'Atelier:
I think that this place's time has come and gone. I walked in very easily without reservations on a Sunday night at 8. I had one of the tasting menus. The food was excellent, but VERY expensive. You could get a much better meal and experience in a top tier restaurant in NYC for probably half the price.
Dinner Bistrot de L'Oulette:
I liked this place. Nothing fancy, but the good was great and was priced extremely reasonable. The manager speaks decent English, and was very helpful when it came to suggesting meals. I would recommend this place to friends.