Hi Chowhounders, here's hoping you can help me!
Heading to Paris next week and looking for some recs...
Hubbie has a conference and I'm happily tagging along. We have been to Paris a number of times in the past (pre-kids) and had some amazing meals at L'Astrance (not the lunch but the $$$ dinner which I have to say was totally worth it!), Pierre Gagnaire, Agape Substance (where I breastfed my 3 month old under a hooter hider for around 6 of the 8 courses to keep him quiet- these are the lengths I will go to for fabulous food).
I have already booked for dinner at David Toutin on the Friday night, and a sat lunch at Les Climats. However what
I need help with is a more casual dinner booking for the Thursday night. Looking for something around 6th or 7th for a large group of around 10 who will be at the conference. A bunch of doctors, mostly well travelled and well fed. Looking for a bistro, not too retro old school but still with some of the old faves but with a modern twist?
Preference for a la carte rather than chefs menu for this dinner.
Have narrowed it down to the following:
- Cafe Constant - cant make a reservation which would be a problem for a large group
- L'Ami Jean (love their food ethos, table for 10 may be a problem?)
- Cinq Mars
- La Cantine du Troquet
- Restaurant AG (clearly not a bistro) has the St Germain closed?
- Le 122
- Auberge Bressane - too boring and traditional?
- Josephine (Chez Dumonet) -too boring and traditional?
Also as we arrive on the Wednesday, I predict by the time we drop our bags, we are looking at a 9pm dinner (so probably right on schedule for the locals). Staying at Hotel Montelembert (nr Rue de Bac) and looking for somewhere very close for an easy bistro dinner on arrival. Thinking Racine des Pres, would I have to book for a wednesday night? How does one book anyway?!?! Or a light souffle at Le Recamier (have to go once right?) Or we may be completely wrecked from our flight from Australia and just crash.
But I like to have a plan and a back up when it comes to food...