Maybe Souphie can help. In 12 days I will going on my 28th trip to Paris. Okay, my French is still virtually non-existent and my accent terrible, but after years of study, I know 99% of the dishes on the Carte and follow French dining customs and traditions as to ordering properly, eating the courses in the right order, not talking loudly, having my espresso after the dessert, etc.
My problem is that I often find myself in places popular with tourists and stuck away in the "American section," where I overhear comments like "what is terrine," "why no onion soup," 'it is too expensive," " I want a green salad," "I want coffee with cream right now," etc. The waiters in that section all speak perfect English and are very familiar with unknowledgeable diners. They even know that a steak cooked French medium is American rare, etc. and adjust the orders accordingly.
If I do not want this type of dining experience (which I always seem to get in 3-star places), I think it would be best for me to avoid certain currently trendy places with tourists like Astrance, Aux Lyonnais, any Ducasse, Roubuchon, etc.
What do you suggest? I am booked at Senderens and Grande Cascade, but I fear I may be running into what I do not want at both.
Last year I ate at Fables de a Fontaine, Relais Louis XIII, Gaya Rive Gauche, Allard, Chez Michel, Vaudeville, etc. The year before included Helene Darroze, Les Elyees at the Hotel Vernet (where we stayed), and Chiberta.
I like bistros and also love grand old-fashioned dining in luxury restaurants that use wine baskets, have large cheese selections, etc. What about Les Relais du Parc or Les Ormes? What do you suggest?
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