Hi Chow Paris!
I am taking a trip to Paris first week in March, and I am very excited about going to some fabulous restaurants. I will be there for 5 nights, and I would like to dine at atleast 2 2 or 3 Michelin Star restaurants, mixed in with some other great restaurants. I think for the amount of nights that I will be in Paris 2 Michellin restaurants will be good so I don't get food overload - however I may consider a third if it is on the lighter side. I would prefer to dine at the Michellin restaurants at night and save the days for wandering around the cities, checking out musuems, doing shopping and experiencing Paris (again if you can convince me otherwise I may indulge in a lunch).
I have done a bunch of research prior to posting, but I am looking for some guidance based on my top picks, and I would also like to hear your thoughts about some that I might be forgeting or missing.
Please keep these considerations in mind. I do not eat pork or shellfish (lobster, mussels, clams etc), fish preferably but meat and chicken is fine as well. My travel partner is a vegetarian, so the restaurant would need to be amenable to accommodating both of our requests. Typically I prefer restaurants where it is not a marathon - i.e. 5 hours, with 12 courses... I would much rather prefer a slightly shorter meal with about 4-7 courses... Price is no object, and we are in our mid 20's so a great atmosphere is a consideration but not a must. Lastly I do appreciate great service and the overall dining experience.
Here are the places I am thinking of...
--Pierre Gagniere: everyone has said that I absolutely must try... can they accomadate my dietery requests? I have also heard some mixed consistency reviews on the board...
-- Cinq: This one for me is a must. I am not staying at the George V but I would really like to experience the restaurant, and from what I have read it seems like an excellent experience both in food and service etc...
-- L'Arpege: I am interested in this one because it seems like vegetables dominate on the menu. Some have said the atmosphere is lacking though... maybe lunch would be an option.
-- L'Atellier de Joel Robuchon: I would be interested in eating at the counter. Only hesitation is he has one in New York, and I could probably eventually try that one...
--Frenchie: would this be a good option for more of a low - key night?
-- Ze Kitchen Galerie: An alternate to the Michelin line up?
--L'Ami Louis: Will my vegeterien girlfriend be able to figure out something here... salads vegetables?
Thanks so much, and I am greatly looking forward to your replies. I want to get the Michellin "heavy hitter" restaurants decided first so I can have the concierge make those reservations , and I can fill in some other choices, as I get closer to March.
Lastly, let me know if I am missing something.