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Help with Paris (eating) itinerary

karina_h | Feb 28, 2012 04:11 AM

Hello! This is my inaugural post - though I've been lurking on the boards for months reading through countless posts on Paris restaurants. Actually, I might have read too much, seeing as now I can't seem to make decisions on where to eat! Please help!

My husband and I will be in Paris late April and early May (sandwiching Spain travel in the middle). Thanks to the boards, I've managed to make some concrete decisions and made reservations for Spring, Le Cinq and Les Ambassadeurs (I just can't pass up the Versailles-esque room!), all for lunch - a compromise since the dinners are too rich for us, in more ways than one.

In light of this, I have a few questions:

1. In general, how filling is lunch at Spring on a scale of 1-10; 1 being "can still fit in a trip to Jacques Genin and polish off copious amounts of éclairs and caramels" and 10 being "can't even look at food until the next day"? Will we be able to fit in dinner at, say, Au Passage, if we're careful not to over order?

2. In the same vein as above, how filling is lunch at Chez L'Ami Jean? I've read conflicting reports about this restaurant - mainly about the prix-fixe being not so "inspired" and that one should opt for the large serves of meat to share. My husband and I aren't overly keen on giant serves of meat (we LOVE meat, mind you, but perhaps not upper-arm-sized portions), will it still be a good idea for us to dine at Chez L'Ami Jean?

3. As I understand it, morels come into season in spring. Where would be the best place to have them?

4. I'm very interested in dining at a number of wine bars, most notably Frenchie Bar à Vins (mostly because Frenchie proper just. won't. answer. my. calls), but here's the thing: I can't drink alcohol. At all. Lacking enzyme and all that jazz. My husband drinks a little bit, but not that much either. Will there be raised eyebrows if we dine at a wine bar and not actually order wine?

5. We're also looking for a few classic French bistros that costs under €40 per person and serves just-slightly-more interesting food. Let me explain: at the moment I've decided on Café Constant because I'm already dreaming of their "tête, langue et cervelle de veau croustillante" (side question: do they change their menu often? Will I actually be able to order that come May?). Looking for other bistros with similar offerings. Are Chez Casimir and Le Casse Noix good choices in this category?

Please excuse the long post - I'm too confused (and sleepy) to try and be more succinct. Any help will be much appreciated. Merci beaucoup d'avance!

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