Hello Paris Chowhounds. Thank you very much for all the useful information I have gained from reading your posts over the past two months. I am planning a visit to Paris in late December and early January with my family, following a week in Barcelona.
I am not familiar with Paris restaurants, but after reading some blogs, posts on this board, and some helpful books, I have a better sense of what we are in for. I feel a little hindered by the timing of our visit around Christmas and New Year’s. However, we are renting an apartment and so we will have the chance to do some shopping and cooking at home to work around restaurant closures.
My two sons (17 and 20) have never been to Paris and are adventurous and appreciative eaters with boundless appetites. We live in Northern California and tend to prefer restaurants that offer top quality but in a relaxed setting. We would like to find the equivalent in Paris of the types of places we love here: food that is inventive and refined and consistent, service that is relaxed and gracious.
Also, we tend to eat our main meals at dinner rather than lunch, so most of my plans revolve around the evening. We will take advantage of the markets (planning around the holidays) and have food available at home for light breakfasts and lunches.
Here are the choices I have made so far:
Dec. 27: We have a dinner reservation at Joséphine "Chez Dumonet" (we called for this reservation). This is our first night, and I think the hearty food will appeal to my sons. It seems like opinons on Chowhound are a little mixed about this restaurant, but I somehow think this might hit the spot for us.
Dec. 28: Dinner reservation at La Régalade. Again, I think my sons will love this place. We made reservations online.
Dec. 29: Dinner reservation at Les Saisons (made online also).
Sunday Dec. 30. We will be on a day trip and will not be dining in Paris this day.
Monday Dec. 31. We have a reservation for lunch at Le Grand Véfour. I understand this is pricy, and it doesn’t seem to be a favorite on Chowhound, but I think my sons will love the setting and ambiance – they’ve never been to a place like this. The lunch menu is not bank-breaking. I imagine there are probably better spots food-wise for the price, but I think this will be fun. Also, we all love a good cheese plate.
We plan to have dinner at the apartment that night (if we are still hungry).
Tuesday January 1: We plan to stock up on edibles at home for this day – no meals out.
Wednesday January 2: We have a reservation for dinner at Terroir Parisien, made by email.
Thursday January 3: This is our last night. We have a reservation for dinner at Frenchie, made online.
Any comments and recommendations regarding this line-up would be most welcome. I am a little concerned that I might be choosing restaurants that are too similar in style. We were hoping to try Chez l’Ami Jean and Vivant Table on this trip, but they are closed during the time that we will be there.
Again, thanks very much. I will report back once we return in mid-January.