First I want to thank all of you who have written so much on this board. After reading hundreds of threads I compiled a massive list which I was able to narrow down to a reasonable list. There is so much information on this board.
I'm going to Paris in two weeks with my mother for the week between Christmas and New Years. I've been to Paris a couple of time and spent a year in Provence. My French is passable which has always helped, but Paris is certainly different than the country and I really want to make sure my Mom has a great time (and we both eat well!) We have three nights in Paris and are staying near the Opera in the 1st. The first night I have booked us at Violon d'Ingres and the last night at Josephine Chez Dumonet. I'm looking for a restaurant to contrast those two for the middle night. At first I thought about something modern and light like Frenchie or Septime, but because this is a last minute trip (as of this weekend) I'm not sure we'll have enough time to get a reservation. I had thought about something like Robert et Louis just to give a totally different experience or Les Papilles or Le Cave de L'Os a Moelle. I had also thought of a place like Julien or Bofinger because I know my Mom would love the atmosphere but I have a feeling I would be disappointed by the food.
Anyway, all this is to say, what would you recommend for a different experience from Josephine Chez Dumonet and Violon D'Ingres?
In addition I'm interested in checking out some wine bars for lighter lunches along with Breizh Cafe. The ones I have written down are: Les Fines Gueules, Au Passage, Le Garde Robe, Le Rubis, Willis. Would you recommend any of these over the others for good food or a good selection of natural wines?
Thanks for all of your help!