Hello Parisian Hounds! Need your help badly!
I have been given the un-enviable task of planning a Parisian eating itinerary for our party of three. One of our party has never been to France and as such would like to savor both classical and traditional French food plus comparing the various level of Michelin stars French cuisine. ( For better value-for-money deals, we are planning to enjoy the majority of our 3* experience OUTSIDE of Paris,,,,,in Champagne, Burgundy and Alsace etc ).
For our stay in Paris, my plan is to alternate daily, a regular non-star meal with a Michelin star ones. To date, I have narrowed down the following list:
Classic Bistro ( for Foie Gras, Beef Bourgignon, Escargots...etc )
- Josephine Chez Dumonet, Le Coupe Chou, Chez Fernand
Seafood ( for fish, Bouillabaisse, oysters, crustaceans...etc )
- La Mediterranee, La Cagouille, Mobilis in Mobili, L'Huiterie Regis
Michelin Star (s) ( try focusing on good value-for-money places......no 600+ Euro option! )
- David Tourtain ( 1* ), Septime ( 1* ), ES ( 1* ), Kei ( 2* ), L'Arpege (3* )
Questions needing input:
1) Suggestion of an additional classical bistro with well executed ' frog legs ' on their menu?
2) I am looking at adding one of two more 1* to the list but the number of options are simply too overwhelming. My choices are - Saturne, Montee, Auguste, Garance, Etude...etc. Any suggestion? Any good value 2* to augment my list?
3) Any need of adding a fancy brasserie like Flo, Coupole, Bofinger or Train Bleu to our list just to impress ? How are food in these places?
4) How's my choice of seafood places? Shall I replace one with ' Clamato '?
Thanks in advance!!
PS : Which 3* outside of Paris would you opt for? Maison Lameloise in Chagny or Assiette Champenoise in Reims? Both side-trip just a short TGV train ride.