Spending the week in the city, this time bringing along a sister who is a fan of food, though by no means adventurous (all veggies, most seafood, beef, chicken, pork, all good). We're staying in an apartment in the 6th. My husband is at a food convention in the daytime during the first part of the week, so it's me and Sis only for lunches early on. I've built an itinerary of eating, some of my personal favorites from trips past, some through recommendations on this board and food-enthusiast friends.
A few requests:
1. Please look at my current itinerary—through Thursday lunch, when my sister heads back to the States a few days early—and let me know if any of the restaurants has a menu that probably won't offer anything on her "safe" list. I did do some research, but sometimes it's unclear. (Limited: fine. Nothing: not so fine)
2. Any duds, or too-much-of-the-sames?
Relatedly: Given the number of upscale places, do I need to tone it down by one or two places, or is there a strategy (à la carte as opposed to menu, etc.) to make this a good itinerary?
3. Any nice cafés or brasseries in the 6th or within a 30- to 45-minute walk (I like to walk to meals) that might be appropriate for lunches, not too hard to get into with a day or two notice (or just walking in)?
4. What's the best brasserie these days, which might work for Sunday dinner? Senderens is fancier than I want for that night. I've been to a dozen of the city's brasseries over the last decade or so, but I'm curious what's at the top of the game.
5. Any good ethnic restuarants (north African, Chinese?) to check out for lunch?
Obviously, I'm still somewhat early. So speak up, if you feel like there are flaws here! Many thanks!
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Lunch: Chez L’Ami Jean
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[trying to get Yam T'Cha, but nothing booked yet]
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