I was fortunate to spend 9 days in Paris this past Sept/Oct. 7 with my mother and sisters and 4 with my husband.
My husband and I ended my month long trip with 4 nights in Paris. I always follow the recommendations of JT, Parigi, Parnassien and Mangeur, PhilD, to name a few. I also use Paris by Mouth as a resource. We have been going to Paris every year for a number of years and have always had great meals. This year was no exception.
We stayed again this year in the Rue Montorguiel area in a lovely apartment with a gorgeous garden that had chaises to relax on and a view over the city. The only negative was the inability to get on their wifi, even with their help. Hopefully they have fixed that problem. We rented through airb&b. It is listed under "5* Romantic Penthouse Apartment-Secret Garden.
Zebulon (from Pirouette team). Enjoyable meal, but didn't like the venue as well as Pirourette.
La Bourse et La Vie. Loved the atmosphere and the food. We ate early so were able to get a cozy table by the front window. Plan to return here this coming September. There was a group of British women next to us having a great time. They ordered steak/frites and were raving about it, so may have to try that on our next visit.
Breizh Cafe (L). After eating at the original location in Cancale a couple years ago, I'm obsessed! Not sure why, but their crepes are now one of my favorite memories of our trips to France. Tried a crepe place in Sarlat (La Tulipe). I was OK but not anywhere near the quality of Breizh Cafe. We are staying on the northern Marais on our upcoming trip and plan to go at least once while we're there. This time we had a more breakfast oriented crepe as we were there early. We had a 1:00pm reservation but were too hungry to wait, so stood in line. Make a reservation!! I think we spent a little over 20EU for lunch. A bargain!
Pierre Sang (on Oberkampf (D)
This was a Sunday night and the place was rockin'. We sat downstairs, which turned out to very pleasant. Sat next to a charming young French couple. She looked just liked Claire Danes. When I asked her if she hears that, her boyfriend took her scarf and wrapped it around her head. She looked just like Carrie on Homeland! There is no choice on the menu, but they ask about allergies, etc. We enjoyed the little quiz on ingredients. Would go back here without hesitation.
Versus (D). I've been wanting to try this place for a few years. Loved the feeling of the place. Lots of Americans, but didn't really feel touristy. We did the tasting menu with the wine pairings, which was a fun way to go, although the pours were a little short in my opinion. I'm attaching the menu.
254 EU for two, including wine pairings and sparkling water. No coffee. $286.74
I also had lunch a couple times at Le Pain Quotidien. Great place for a relatively quick, casual lunch or breakfast and GREAT coffee. They have them in the US , but not as good.
I always make a stop at Patrick Roger and Maille for chocolates and mustard.
We bring our jars with us and refill. Makes a nice memory of the trip throughout the year.
Here are some of the restaurants I went to with my mother and sisters on the fron end of the trip. We were staying in the 7th.
Le Christine (D)
Restaurant AG (D)
**Bistro Belhara (D)
Chez Georges (L)
*Josephine Chez Dubonet (D)
La Petite Chaise (D) Impromptu dinner as everything was booked. Just OK
Breizh Cafe (L)
Cuisine du Bar (L)
Chez Georges was a disappointment. My family really waned to go because of the JUlia Child's connection. The service was brusque, bordering on rude. the sole was drowning in butter, but the French fries were excellent. Tab for 4 was 268EU.
Enjoyed seeing the interior, but wouldn't go back.
Bistro Bellhara was the highlight of my Paris days. I plan on going there with hubby in September, even though we will be in the Basque Country for 9 days before. My sister ordered their wild mushrooms for an entree. Wonderful! The food, the staff and the fun atmosphere. Now one of my favorite spots in Paris. Lots of birthdays that night. Sang Happy Birthday 6 our 7 times while we were there! 210EU for 3. We each a glass of champagne and shared of bottle of wine and sparkling water.
My family loved Josephine Chez Dubonet. We had the requisite fois gras, boeuf Bourgogne and Grand Marnier soufflé. 230EU for 4, including wine, champagne and sparkling water and green salad.
Le Christine and AG were with just one of my sisters at the beginning of the trip. Le Christine was a pleasant surprise, recommended by our hotel in the 6th. 125EU for 2.
Another highlight of the trip was dinner at Bistro du Paradou near St Remy in Provence. Can't say enough about how much we enjoyed our dinner there. Best roast chicken I have ever had. Loved the Pistou soup. And those fresh green olives with our coupe de champagne....
Go there if you are anywhere nearby.
Set menu served family style. All the wine you can drink (Côte de Rhone).
I think it was about 55EU per person.
Thanks again for everyone's help. I will be reaching it for advice on our September trip to Basque region this coming September.