I’m headed to Paris for eleven nights in March to celebrate my 60th birthday and have been doing my research to come up with a “short list” for those eleven nights. It currently has twenty two names on it and I need help in paring it down by half.
A little background. I’ll be mostly dining (always dinner) alone however some local friends will probably join for a night or two. I lived in Paris for a year while going to cooking school in the late 80‘s and get back every 3-4 years so have some dining experience in the city. I’m staying in the 11th near M Voltaire but am game to go pretty much anywhere. My budget is 50-60 euros (hopefully entree/plat/dessert) plus paying additionally for a couple glasses of red by the glass. On that note, I’m not a big fan of natural wines. I gravitate toward the French bistronomie genre. Authentic, rustic, simple,regional dishes are my preference. I do enjoy updated versions of classic dishes and some degree of fusion flavors but nothing crazy. I like reasonable portions and don’t care for plates that are played with much. No over emphasis on gels/foams/dots of sauce etc.. As I’ll be on a eleven night stretch I hope to vary my picks by supplementing my usual choices by adding some small plate oriented restos and a few with a “little bit” more fusion/ethnic tilt. Some of my short list picks are reccos of my Parisian friend and the rest are based on my own mash up style of research. FWIW, as points of reference, in 2017 a few that I enjoyed were Juveniles,L’Os a Moelle,Regalade,Astier and for pure tradition and a great frisee-lardon salad and cassoulet, Auberge Cevenne Pyrenees. A wine bar I’ll go back to is Le Baron Rouge.
Here’s the list.....have at it!
Au Petite Panisse
Le Radis Beurre
La Cantine du Troquet Dupleix
Pierre Sang Gambey
Jones (first night, it’s walking distance from my flat)
L’Os a Moelle
La Regalade St Honore
OK, as I look through my “short list” I can see that it doesn’t reflect much variety in terms of smaller plate and fusion....y flavored places. I do think I am going to want to supplement my list of usual suspects with some diversity and I think this crowd can help provide that insight. Thanks in advance for all reponses.
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