I'm going to be in Paris for just under a week in mid-September for work. That will tie me up much of the time, and I am resigned to eating not great food for many meals. I will also meet up with relatives in Paris (with pleasure), and will even try to induce them to meal out with me (they much prefer to cook at home, and the food is amazing, admittedly).
However, I have one free afternoon, and am thinking of indulging myself for a memorable meal. I used to often dine alone some years ago, but have done so much less often since getting married 6+ years ago. I wish cost was not an issue, but I am willing to stretch the budget to a meal at the E100 range. I don't drink, so wine costs will not be an issue. I love grand settings, but feel equally comfortable in simple ones. However, since I'm going to be by myself, I guess staff that 'look after' single diners would be a plus. My french is very limited, but I can read a menu. My short-list, as it were, was Le Grand Vefour: truly historic place. Sounds like an amazing cheese cart included in the price (good cheese is v. hard to get in beijing!), and pretty decent food. Le Cinq: the service sounds like it might have the upper hand, as well as the food possibly, although having cheese as extra might push the budget. Other suggestions would be greatly welcomed: am not dead set on either of these possibilies (assuming I can get a table).
In terms of other meals, I may have one or two dinners free. After a fantastic meal at Chez l'Ami Jean last year, I feel I really want to go back there. If for nothing else, because having been a rice pudding 'hater' (the only food I really couldn't abide) almost all of my life, the version there was a revelation to me. This would be just before the transition to the tasting menu concept. Also wouldn't mind going to Josephine CD, since it sounds like a pretty great place: how do they treat solo diners (for dinner)?
The feedback for our family trip to Paris last year was welcome. Hope to elicit more pointers for this year.
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