I will be in Paris for a long weekend with a group with very mixed food tastes. My husband and I will arrive on a Thursday morning and leave early on Monday. We eat everything and eating well is one of our priorities (he is the pastry chef of a 3* Michelin restaurant). We have invited his mother and sister to travel from England to join us in Paris from Friday night through Sunday afternoon. His mother is vegan, but willing to relax to vegetarian for this trip (she would still prefer to avoid most dairy -- things cooked with butter are okay, cheese/cream heavy dishes are not). His sister is 17, excited about French food (first time in Paris), but will most likely not be the most adventurous eater. They do not eat out very often. We want them to have an amazing experience, but budget is important, as we are already covering their traveling expenses and are cognizant of the fact that food is not their biggest priority -- I'd rather put the money towards activities they will fully appreciate. We also have 10 more days of eating our way through France, post-Paris, including dinner at Bocuse. In Paris, we'll be staying in the 6th arrondissement.
I would love suggestions for restaurants that will please all 4 of us, as well as thoughts on our other meals. Our current plan:
Thursday dinner: Le Chateaubriand (husband and me only)
Friday lunch: L'ami Saint Jean (husband and me only)
Friday dinner: Need ideas for a place to take mother & sister in the 6th once they arrive (Gare du Nord at 9:15pm, so probably eating something around 10pm). Casual, as I assume they will be tired from traveling.
If they tell me they plan to eat while traveling, someplace for my husband and I to have something quick before they arrive. Perhaps Abri, which is close to the Gare du Nord?
Saturday lunch: will depend on our itinerary for the day -- any general suggestions as to how to find something appropriate for his mother on the fly? Or recommendations near the usual suspect tourist spots?
Saturday dinner: After reading this thread, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/913689 , where the OP seems to have a situation similar to mine (without the added vegetarian/vegan complication), I'm thinking that we should try Jeanne B, combined with Sacre Coeur/Montmartre sightseeing. Any other ideas? Dans Les Landes looks wonderful, but it seems as though the vegetarian options would be limited.
Sunday lunch: ???
Sunday dinner: Le Comptoir du Relais (husband and me only again)
Thank you in advance for your suggestions and advice. This board has been invaluable to me as I plan our trip. (A separate post on Provence coming up....)
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