My boyfriend and I are in Paris for one month (we arrived yesterday). We've both been here once before (him as a young, broke student, me with my mother a couple years ago). We have an apartment in the 11th and have agreed that we will try to limit ourselves to only eating one meal out per day (at MOST). And when I say meals, this can also include a quick sandwich from a cafe or boulangie. I love cooking and since we have an apartment, that is one of the things we're looking most forward to doing.
Now, a couple of questions about restaurants. We usually set it up so that I take the lead on things, sending him some suggestions after doing some research, then we discuss and book something. We already have reservations for lunch at Septime in a couple of weeks. His mother and her partner will be visiting us for a few days later in the month. For her first night in town, I made reservations for the 3 of us for an earlier dinner at Chez Paul, since it is not too far from us or from her hotel (her partner arrives the next day).
However, I am starting to have second thoughts. I wanted to take her to a neighbourhood place, but after looking again at my research, I am not sure that Chez Paul is a great pick. I'd love thoughts on this. The budget isn't a huge concern but let's avoid anything close to 100e per person. Anything in the 11th you can suggest?
For an early birthday celebration, I'm thinking of making reservations for the 4 of us at Le Baratin, as I've been there and had a lovely experience. I'm a little worried that his mother's bf might be a bit out of place there - he's kind of a "loud" American (sorry - no other way to describe it), but at least this will be toward the end of the trip.
I also thought that Pirouette would be a nice solo experience for my bf and me.
Should the two of us try Breizh? West Country Girl?
Would Bistrot Paul Bert be better for the first night with his mother?
And while we're on the topic, where is a good place near Oberkampf/Republique to get fruits and vegetables on a non-market day? (Though I'm willing to walk if there is an everyday market nearby).