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Paris - innovative - moderately priced?

beauxeault | Sep 8, 2010 01:08 PM

I've searched, but not yet found a previous post that specifically addresses what I'm looking for:

A restaurant in Paris where I can have dinner at a moderate price, say, under 50 euros including a single glass of wine and no other beverage, and where the emphasis is on innovation more than traditional cooking done extremely well. And since this is for next weekend, it also can't be one of those places that requires reservations months in advance.

From what I've read, Ze Kitchen Galerie or KGB sound like just what I'm seeking, if I could take advantage of the lunch "menu." But I've read here that both are a la carte and expensive at night. ZKG's web site recently implied that their "discovery menu" (about 36 euro if I recall correctly) was available for both lunch and dinner. I emailed them to ask about this, and their prompt reply confirmed unambiguously that it is available for both seatings. However, now their web site lists only a 80 euro "tasting menu." So if someone could confirm that the 36 euro menu for dinner is still an option, that's one place I'd go. Spring also looks interesting, but does not meet my budget or reservability restrictions.

In the past, the place that has so far been the best fit for what I'm seeking has been L'Affriole, almost next door to the revered Chez l'Ami Jean. In June I had one of the most amazing dining experiences of my life there, as has generally been the case on each of four different visits. But admittedly, my friends' main courses were not nearly so spectacular this time. Because I've been to L'Affriole 4 times already and only have two evenings in Paris on this trip, I'd rather spend both evenings broadening my horizons.

Other standouts from my previous experiences in Paris include La Regalade (the old one, once under Camdeborde and once more recently), L'Os a Moelle, Chez l'Ami Jean, whatever Eric Frechon's debut restaurant was called, and I also fondly remember a couple of wonderful meals at Philippe Detourbe, which has been closed for some time. But among these, the only ones that were as innovative as L'Affriole were Detourbe and Frechon (who is now well beyond my budget).

What advice would you offer given the guidance above?

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