Bonjour helpful ChowHound-ers.
I hate to use the term Hen Weekend but that is what I'm helping to plan. From afar... like Seattle. However, most of us are over 30, many don't drink alcohol, and 1/2 are vegetarian- for some background. We're not looking for the clubbing "Buddha Bar" experience.
I've done a bunch of research and we've booked a Lebanese resto for our Friday evening dinner, L'Etoile du Liban. They were able to accommodate our group, keep within our small budget for this entry evening and are close to where we're staying. (Restaurant Liza was almost double the cost)
Saturday dinner is proving more difficult. Mini Palais is unable to take us and Maceo came back with a nice offer for a 3 course set menu in their private room. However another of the planners reached out to a local friend in Paris who recommended Kong- saying it was perfect for our group. I've read some terrible reviews, both of the food and service, and it sounds like as a group we'll be in siberia, not the beautiful dining room. Thoughts on Kong? Other suggestions for such a large group? We're hoping to keep the meal at/under 50 Euro per person.
Any ideas for nice bars for a drink / mocktail after dinner? This one is hard to research online for such a large group. In photos it's hard to tell if we'll completely take over a space and booking a bar seems silly. I read about Club Raye- anyone been? And all the barges along the Seine, Rosa Bonheur and the likes.
We also are looking for a brunch spot nearish to St. Georges for Sunday midday, the group will be smaller by this point. So far I've found:
L'Affineur Affine 51 rue Notre Dame de Lorette
Buvette 28 rue Henri Monnier
Coquelicot 24 rue des Abbesses
Supernature 8 rue Trevise
Opinions on any of these? I'm leaning towards the first...
I'm sorry for the extra long post and multiple questions. I did read back on previous posts and have a massive list for the 5 days I'll be on my own before the onslaught of party goers :) -Mostly thanks to SFCarole's great reporting last fall.
This situation is just so unique, it's tricky to manage without knowing the city intimately. Honestly, I'd be hard pressed to do this here in Seattle!
Thanks in advance for any help.