My partner and I will be in Paris from July 21-Aug 4, staying close to the Mouton-Duvernet Metro.
Our tastes are thus...
I don't like molecular cuisine. Potato foam for dessert, deconstructed xiao long bao, etc., are not for me. I do, however, like creative food that is intended as nourishment for human bodies. I love bistro food, trattoria food, and almost every kind of Asian food (except for Thai food). I love Indian/Pakistani, Ethiopian, Moroccan, Lebanese, Portuguese, and Filipino food. I love comfort food, as well as raw and fresh, healthy food. My weakness is bakeries, especially good bread.
My partner likes to sit on a comfortable chair and be treated respectfully by restaurant employees. He is very sensitive to the issue of value and doesn't like to spend $$$$ on the environment (one of his least favorite meals was Petrus in HK, most favorite was The Tippling Club in Singapore). He loves pork, veal, lamb, chicken, duck (!!), and only some kinds of fish -- seared/raw tuna, octopus, cuttlefish, squid...but he won't eat any other fish and does not like very soft textures.
My general strategy in Paris is to aim for a combo of French-Japanese fusion, new bistronomique joints, and traditional bistros, staying away from places that specialize in fish. I'd like to aim for dinners at generally 65 E/person, but we may stray from that once or twice.
Here's my short list of restaurants -- Which of these has the best food in your opinion? Are there others better? Is any particularly unsuitable?
Le Bal Café
Les Cocottes de Constant
Also, some crepes places that look divine:
La Creperie de Josselin
And some amazing bakeries:
Du Pain et Des Idees
Hugo & Victor
La Patisserie du Reves
Any general feedback would be much appreciated. Also, for those restaurants that I cannot reserve online -- what time of day/day of the week is best to call?
Thanks in advance for any advice!