My wife and I are returning to Paris in September and I'm starting to plan our optimal dining experiences. I'm fairly open minded about what I'll eat as I love most food with few exceptions. However, my wife's food willingness is much more limited as she won't eat anything uncooked or undercooked and won't try dishes including cavier, runny yoke eggs, organ meats, foie gras, pate, tripe, head cheese, etc. If left to me, I'd rush to most anything from L’Ami Jean to Guy Savoy and enjoy whatever comes my way. But to keep our dining enjoyable for us both, I'm seeking great restaurants that offer a good Paris experience but also offer interesting to old school French food a la carte or from a menu with significant variety of choices for each course.
Last time in Paris, we both enjoyed dinners at Josephine Chez Dumonet, Aux Lyonnais, Violon d’Ingres and Le Cinq. All of those restaurants offered food we enjoyed but from menus with some significant choices and any would likely work again for this trip. But with 1,000s of great restaurants in Paris, we'd like to experience new places.
Ideally, I'd like to find bistros and/or fine restaurants where we can get great food made with farm fresh ingredients that the locals highly respect but where my wife would have choices to order from some variety. Just FYI, my wife does enjoy traditional dishes like bœuf bourguignon and coq au vin.
We aren't looking to spend money needlessly but finding the right place with the food we want is far more important than worries about budget dining. And we both love wine so also seeking venues with good quality wines.
Restaurants I've been considering are Chez Denise and Allard. I'd welcome advice about those ideas and/or any other suggestions CH can offer.
Thanks to all for any advice!