I have been reading for the last 2 days all your great comments about the Paris dining scene, and have decided to throw my request in the ring for consideration.
I'm a 50 year old chef and pretty savvy wine lover who will be visiting Paris for a week 25 May through 2 June, staying at the Marriott Champs Elysee. My partner and I have traveled in France and Europe before but this is our first visit to Paris. We have dined at George Blanc and several other Michelin starred restaurants, and though they are nice, we seem to gravitate to more personal experiences, still with great cuisine and top ingredients but less formal.
Currently, I have lunch reservations at Taillevent, and a farewell dinner scheduled at Altitude 95 for the 2nd seating to watch the sunset and lights come on. I'm pretty certain Au Trou Gascon is in the picture (confit, cassoulet.) I'm thinking also of Bofinger for the Brasserie experience. I'm hoping for a miracle from Hidden Kitchen.
SVP all you kind folks and give me your thoughts for great food at more modest prices but still French (regional is fine) and fun, friendly. Is Le Comptoir du Relais Saint-Germain worth a visit?
Milles Mercis! (or a bunch of 'em at least!)