Thank you to so many on this board, I have eaten really well (and cushioned-up for the long winter ahead) during my temporary stay in Paris, which is coming to an end in Dec. We recently relocated from the Park Monceau area to a bustling market street near Ternes. If only I knew what to do with Foie Gras and fresh seafood, not necessarily together, for my lovely hubby. Unfortunately, I am a horror in the kitchen.
I've been curious about 'Escient, Le Petit Verdot, Dix-huit, Les 110 de Taillevent and Frederic Simone but have not yet tried them. Good, bad, indifferent?
Below are some of the restaurants that I have experienced in the area:
Gabylou-reminds me of college cafes in the US and they make me feel very welcome and comfortable eating alone. Small menu, cozy and casual interiors, funky. Nice Sunday brunch that made me long for my Uni days of Sunday brunches and carefree weekends. The chef knows how to make food taste great.
Libanais Janna- did not like. Will not be returning. Food was disappointing. Blah.
Caïus-had dinner without the hubby but it's definitely a place that the hubby would enjoy. For me, it was comfortable and nice with great service, but the portions were too big, for me. It's one of the few places that I saw tables of men dining together as opposed to couples or solo. Business dinner place?
Le Hide- American English spoken-in an octave too high for me- until about 9:00pm and then mainly French spoken thereafter. I loved the service, especially as I sat by myself for an hour drinking coupes of Champagne waiting for my tardy hubby. Food was good, but it's such a tight squeeze into the seats and I really don't want to know what my neighboring diners did that was 'amazing and awesome ' at work or why they can't stand one of their coworkers. Their portions are huge, in my opinion.
La Palanquin/Le Phyliale-I think the flavors at the former are tastier and better than the ones at the later. Obviously, they are different concepts. I also like the small dining room of the former to the take-over atmosphere of the latter. But both are relatively easy, cheap (great service too!) and sometimes I just need easy, fast and relatively hassle-free.
I haven't tried Saigon Etoile... Any experienced diners? Likes? Dislikes?
If there is a place sort of like Pierre Sang, Coretta, Les Saisons, Les Philosophes or KGB near Ternes that you'd recommend? I'm not looking for hype, celebrity citings, Michelin stars, etc. I just want passion food preparation and great service where I can eat alone or with my hubby and take all the time we need.