...to all the regulars on this board. i have been bottom-feeding for weeks, piggybacking on everyone else's questions. Paris without this board would have been completely overwhelming! without going into excruciating details of exactly what we ate, here's the brief overview:
day 1, late afternoon: wine and a shared salad at Cafe Comptoir Tournon, right by our hotel (merci Parnassien for this rec). dinner at La Regalade St Honore, where we had to restrain ourselves from eating all of the giant terrine they bring as "an amuse." highlights included crispy-skinned pork and amazing rice pudding.
day 2, morning: we did a tour called "From Baguette to Bistro" with Context Tours, where we walked through the 7eme and tasted various cheeses, saucissons, baguettes, pastry, chocolates and Armagnac. never got around to lunch after that. dinner at Reed, where we sat at the little counter looking into the kitchen. really wonderful food--risotto with mushrooms, beef cheeks with the earthiest potatoes ever. we are just astounded at Catherine Reed's one-woman show; she has one other guy in there with her who she said was just hired last week ("I hope he stays," she said, smiling).
day 3: we were near the Musee d'Orsay around lunchtime and ended up at the fairly pedestrian Solferino; its best feature was the fast service. dinner at L'Atelier du Joel Robuchon which was tecnically dazzling and fun, certainly an experience, but i have to say we enjoyed Reed more...it's the kind of place i would keep coming back to if i lived here.
so thanks again to all you invaluable and patient people who keep answering the same questions about where to eat in Paris...but given the sheer enormity of choices, is it any wonder we keep having to ask?