my husband and i went with friends 4 years ago to le florimond. it was a lovely evening...the service was gracious and the food was very good. the decor is sort of ...eh. i said that it reminded me of a really really solid upper east side neighborhood restaurant in manhattan. the menu was about 35 eu plus whatever supplements and, of course, wine. it was not an inexpensive evening but it was my 50th bday dinner and it went off beautifully - everyone was happy.
we are visiting paris again and one evening will have guests - my goal is to put together one evening with dinner and then a walk under the eiffel tower and over to the trocadero. (hope the weather cooperates.) it is actually one of our guest's 50th bday dinner this time. it has come down to 2 choices - balancing food; cost; location; and atmosphere. le florimond or la fontaine de mars. it will be a special occaision but in a warm and easy way - our guests are not at al fussy and would be uncomfortable in a very fussy restaurant but are looking forward to some meals more luxurious than they usually treat themselves to. my husband and i are nyc foodies and love great food with fun warm surroundings.
even tho le florimond is a bit longer walk, i have the choice of either for a dinner with our guests. i read a comment by phild in another thread where he felt le fontaine was a bit 'disney' and i keep thinking that too....
so...please put me out of my misery. which would you pick? (i was thinking chez dumonet but i think it's much too far of a walk and, perhaps, too long of a meal to do the whole evening...but i'll take input on that too.)
thanks. we leave in a week and it's about time i figure this out so appreciate any response from those in the know (or just with an opinion!!!))