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Paris - Unique, memorable, and not wildly expensive?


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Paris - Unique, memorable, and not wildly expensive?

ssusu | | Oct 8, 2008 04:13 AM

I'm living temporarily in Paris and am entertaining many visitors. I've done exhaustive research on this and other boards regarding dining options. Currently on my itinerary are the following restaurants:

- Le Temps au Temps
- La Regalade
- Aux Lyonnais
- Le Salon d'Helene

I love ethnic food and will probably try Dilan, Monsouria, and Al Ajami as well.

However ... I'm looking for a special and memorable restaurant for a dinner a deux for someone special who will be with me for only one night. My budget is somewhat limited (I can probably afford no more than 100 euros pp, including wine, and this would be a splurge for me) -- which eliminates most two-starred and many one-starred restaurants. I'd like to avoid something that feels too sleek, trendy, or rushed -- but I'm a former chef and do not necessarily need something "safe." A good wine list is a plus. My research has turned up the following possibilities, on which I'd love feedback, as it seems many people have strong negative or positive feelings about these restaurants:

- le Chateaubriand
- Mon Vieil Ami
- L'Ami Jean
- Drouant
- Gaya
- Chez Denise
- L'Os a Moelle (I've heard this has gone downhill)

I definitely welcome other suggestions! There's a certain point at which one's own research is of limited utility... For what it's worth, I speak French and am staying in the 12th, although obviously will travel anywhere.

Thank you all in advance.

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