I have been researching for weeks on your site and elsewhere in anticipation of my first trip to France in Sept. We are traveling from Toronto as a couple and have a tentative route mapped out. A few things about our tastes:
- I am happy to spend money on food, but it must be worth it.
-I prefer innovative unique food to old school classics (i.e. I wasnt a fan of the French Laundry for example, but LOVE Eleven Madison Park in NYC)
-We will have a car but for dinners at least will want to eat where we stay
-for the most part I would like to leave our days open for touring.. and we will eat wherever we eat and focus more on planning out the dinners.
Here are my lists of possibles so far. I would love any additional tid bits of advice you can give me.
Paris Sunday-Wednesday (4 nights) - looking for 2 less expensive dinners (under 150 pounds for the two of us including 1-2 glasses of wine), and two more expensive meals. This could include ONE VERY expensive meal if its excellent.
L'astrance (dont actually know the cost on this one, any ideas?)
Laterier st germaine de joel
Chez ami jean
Pain vin fromage (for fondu, cheap dinner one night)
Breizhcafe (for lunch crepes)
STRAUSBOURG (wednesday night- need two meals, a lunch and dinner)
Anything else casual for lunch?
LYON (thurs-mon- again 2 more expensive dinners and 2 less expensive)
Paul Bocuse (is this worth the $$ if I'm not a huge fan of old school cooking? is it boring?)
Daniel et denise
le gourmand de seze
les trois domes
magali et martin
Bernachon (for breakfast)
NICE (Mon-thursday- all of the below options are closed monday, any ideas for Monday?)
Le cote margais
Other places we will be visiting in the day via car:
Loire Valley region
Thank you all so much for your help in advance,