Restaurants & Bars France


Lisamay | | Nov 30, 2008 10:23 AM

I am trying to narrow down a number of dining choices/reservations I made for a trip to Paris prior to Christmas. I was hoping to arrange one "once in a lifetime" dinner for my husband and me. He is a picky eater so I can't count on him to share in a degustation menu with me. He will likely require a la carte and even then with special requests such as a simple red meat or fish dish, a green salad and dessert. Is that possible? I have made reservations at Arpege for this "once in a lifetime" meal, but after hours and hours of reading, I am questioning this choice. How much can I expect to spend for three courses for two with by the glass wine pairings( (is that possible?) I have lunch reservations at Guy Savoy and La Veranda and for my beef lover husband, his choice was La Ferrandaise. (An aside here--last trip to Paris my husband was enamored with the Steak Frites idea and time and again was disappointed with the taste of the beef, we suspected the aging process in Europe is different than in the states?) Here is my list of favorite, memorable meals to give the reader an idea of what I see as memorable: In Europe: La Bastide D'Odeon the first time I ate there n 1999, the second time in 2002 was very good but not over the top also service last time was just ok. NYC -- BABBO- loved everything about it, San Francisco Slanted Door, Aqua, Mustard's (Napa) New Orleans Bayona, August (great one time, ok the next few times) Chicago- Frontera Grill. Boston Olives (just after they opened, mediocre the second time there), Sorry this is so wordy and disjointed, it is indicative of my frustration level right now! We are close to departure so I really need someone to intervene here and set me on the right path.

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