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Please help with Paris dining choices.

debkurt | | Oct 30, 2011 04:27 PM


I had posted earlier that I would put my list of needs and wants for Paris together and get your help. It was suggested that I try to stay positive, and I didn’t want to whine about being ill, but I am. I’m not on the mend, but determined to go and have fun.

We will arrive in Paris on November 23 and depart on November 29, having 6 full days and nights in the city.

We are staying in a small apartment on rue de Grenelle, near Blvd. St Germain. We don’t usually mind going out of our way for dinner, but for this trip, keeping closer to home might be easier for me.

The purpose of the trip is to escape, to see a lot of art, and to eat good food.

I had mentioned earlier that I didn‘t want to deal with reservations that are hard to get. I’m sticking with that. I’m ready to reserve all our meals, with the help of our rental agency, but I don’t want to stress over any of it.

There are some dishes that I would love to have while in Paris. I will list some of my favorites and Paris “best dishes” to help give an idea of what I’m looking for.

Things that I love are chocolate mousse, profiteroles, and most things that are made from darkly rich chocolate. A great chocolate dessert that I enjoyed in Paris was a chocolate slice at Maitre Albert. This was fantastic, but a skimpy serving.

We like potatoes and one of the best dishes I had on our visit two years ago was a small jar of whipped sweet potatoes at Chez L’ami Jean. Sadly the rest of the meal was not memorable, and we were seated with two men who really wanted to make friends. I did not enjoy sharing my dinner with them, thus CLAJ is not on my list.

Also missing is Les Papilles, because I don’t like not have any choice in what to eat.

Love cheese. Best cheese plate I’ve had was at Le Grand Vefour. A nice cheese plate or cheese service is always a favorite of mine.

We also really foie gras, including as an ingredient. We’ve had a soup with a foie gras hunk served in it, and it was delicious.

I like steak. My husband likes fish. We both like lamb and pork. We both like oysters and would love some garlicky escargot. We love good bread.

Wine is not an issue; I don’t drink and my husband will order a glass or two.

I am dreaming of rich comforting food. I don’t mind small spaces, but I would rather not be too cramped. Pleasant service would be a comfort, too.

We have been to Bistrot Paul Bert and thought it was nothing special.

Been twice to Fish – La Boissonnerie, and won’t go back.

I didn’t love Le Gaigne.

I did like Christophe quite a bit.

We are going to several art exhibits, and because of that, we want to leave our days free and spend our evenings at dinner.

Our budget is about 100 euro per dinner, but that can be averaged. As I said, my husband will be drinking a glass or two of wine.

So, of course we are looking for fresh food, well prepared. Innovative is nice, but for this trip, not the most important thing.

Here are the names I’ve culled from a few months of reading and note taking. For anyone still reading, I would love feedback, keeping my criteria in mind.

Le Florimond
Le Tastevin
Le Reminet

Restaurant L’Ardoise
Spring Restaurant

Le Tir Bouchon
Le Chardenoux des Près

Le Cristal de Sel

Le Petit Verdot

Les Fines Gueules
Café des Musees

Regelade St Honore
Violon d’Ingres (I presume this is above 100 euro )
Le Bistro des Gastronomes
Casse Noix

I realize this is a lot to read. Anyone that has made it thus far, I hope I’ve been clear and I hope you will help me find 6 nice dinners.


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