I will be in Paris solo for 4 days in the 2nd week of Apr and another 4 days in the last week of Apr with London in between. I will be staying on Rue Mayet.
So far I have bookings for lunch at Le Cinq and Ledoyen. The Le Cinq lunch has crept up in prices but I think I would like to try that hopefully with Le Squer’s crispy sweetbread and spaghetti box as substitutions if they are not on the prix fixe menu. I can’t find much in terms of Ledoyen’s menu except for on the Michelin website – is it just me or is the Ledoyen website very hard to use? I am not really keen on the menu items I have seen so far like the Boudin Homard or a venison dish for the main, or for that matter the squash one for a starter. Ledoyen was also hard to book perhaps because of the 3* appeal. Any experienced feedback appreciated. Any other 2* or 3* value lunch recommendations appreciated - I initially thought of Pierre Gagnaire too.
The other restaurants on my list were compiled from searches of this board recently, JT’s Best of 2013 & 2014 lists plus recommendations for a trip that was not made in 2011 so some restaurants may be outdated. I tend to like traditional food. Creative is great but not overly so. As I am from Asia, I will try some Asian inflected places but again, am not crazy for this. Looking at the menus of the places on my list, there may be much of a sameness – if you do find that too, please feel free to point this out. I would prefer to have lunches unless the dinner menu costs the same for the cost factor. I won’t really need to do many sights as I have done them before a few times and so can fit my itinerary around meals. I would like to do some picturesque walks to walk of the food plus maybe take in a few museums if possible. Any walk suggestions especially around the restaurants would be great. Any bakeries or snack places for breakfast around Rue Mayet and recommendations of their specialties (Kouign Amman, Paris Brest, Tart Au Chocolat, etc.) would be much appreciated – I listed some below. I am also there for 2 full Sundays so indications of Sunday openings from the list would be appreciated – I am thinking of moving lunch at Le Cinq to one of the Sundays. Of course any other suggestions are welcome.
Les Enfants Rouges
Terroir Parisien Bourse
Dans Les Landes
6 Paul Bert*
Gare au Gorille*
Pierre Sang Boyer
Chez L’ami Jean*
La Regelade St Honore
Domaine de Lintillac Rive Gauche* - for good value Foie gras dishes
* denotes my preferred places in no order
For Breakfast Or Snacks:
Le Boulanger de Monge for millefeuille, tart aux pommes
Christian Constant - ice cream
Gérard Mulot, – Caramel poire
Blé Sucré, - Fleur de Figues, Kougn Amman, Croissant
Des Gâteaux et du Pain - Pomme Tatin au Sirop d’Erable
Boulangerie Bechu - pain au chocolat
Carette and Laduree - macarons
Franck Kestener and Patrick Roger - chocolate
Stohrer, Eric Kayser
Le Bac à Glaces - ice cream
Berthillon –ice cream
Angelina - Hot Chocolate, Mont Blanc
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