My husband and I are visiting Paris, Burgundy and Champagne in the early spring and based on the help of many of your posts, I have put together the following preliminary food itinerary for us. For point of reference, we live in NYC and enjoy foods that range from the high end to the great but inexpensive sandwich shop. We are looking for a mix of food experiences in France, however, we do not eat pork, organ meats or poultry but love all seafood and other meat (i.e., if cote de boeuf is on the menu we will likely order it), so pre-set menus without any flexibility/choice generally do not work for us. Also, trying not to cram in 2 huge meals in one day and trying to hit a range of price points. Here goes....looking forward to any advise, comment or critique...please let me know what I'm missing!
Paris (staying in the 6th for 3 nights and in the 8th the following weekend):
Fri Breakfast/Lunch (after redeye from NY) - grab and go crepes/baguettes/cheeses/etc.
Fri Dinner - Chez L'Ami Jean
Sat Lunch - Le Cinq
Sat Dinner - Garnier for oysters/raw bar
Sun Lunch - Saint Germain/Raspail/Bastille Market
Sun Dinner - La Cagouille
Sat Dinner - La Regalade St. Honore
Sun Lunch - L'Atelier de Joel Rubuchon
Sun Dinner - L'Ami Louis
Thinking maybe L'Ami Jean, Regalade St. Honore and L'Ami Louis are too similar.....
Burgundy (staying outside of Beaune for 2 nights and Chablis for 1 night)
Mon Lunch - open
Mon Dinner - Ma Cuisine (how far in advance should I try for a reservation?)
Tues Lunch - open
Tues Dinner - Hostellerie de Levernois
Wed Lunch - open
Wed Dinner in Chablis - Maybe Hostellerie des Clos but read many mixed reviews? Other suggestions?
Unsure about lunches in Burgundy and very open to suggestions; read about Olivier Leflaive wine lunch but while the wine sounds great, I'm hesitant about the food. Do any wineries do wine tastings with lunch?
Champagne (staying in Reims)
Thurs Lunch - Assiette Champenoise
Thurs Dinner - Brasserie Flo? Other ideas for a light dinner in Reims?
Fri Lunch in Epernay - hoping to grap some cheese and bread from a market? other light lunch ideas in Epernay for between visits to Champagne houses?
Fri Dinner - Le Parc at Les Crayeres
Thanks in advance!