We are going in a couple of weeks for 5 days. We're staying in the 7th on Rue St Dominique near the intersection of Ave de la Bourdonnais. We've been to Paris many times. We won't be doing any fine dining this trip; I was hoping to eat at a mix of traditional French and some of the more modern popular spots. I live in Seattle and so have access to great Asian, seafood, etc but was intrigued by the sound of the Asian-French restaurants.
I'm hoping someone can offer an alternative to Hugo and Co, which along with Tomy and Co seems to be closed the week we are there (first full week in March), and Le Rigamarole ( where we are on the waiting list). Here is what else we have on our list.
La Bourse et la Vie (dinner reserved)
Septieme (lunch reserved)
L'Avant Comptoir de la Mer
Breizh Cafe (old favorite)
Cafe Constant (old favorite; have always enjoyed all of the Christian Constant restaurants)
Aux Bons Crus (meeting up with friends and this is their pick)
L'as du fallafel (" but we are happy to go again)
Maybe one lunch at Marche des Enfants Rouges for couscous, Chez Alain Miam Miam sandwich, etc
O Chateau for wine and cheese
I was hoping to fit in A La Biche a Bois but don't think it will happen unless sometimes tells me it's a must (I don't eat game but the entrees and cheese are so tempting). The owners of the apartment we are renting highly recommended Le Clos des Gourmets for a nearby pick but I'm not sure we can fit that in either. Mokonuts sounds interesting--does this deserve a spot?
Also--is it worth seeking out a wine bar that specializes in natural wine? I have no experience with this but know it's very popular (though also not universally loved).
Lastly--what is a popular apertif right now? I am not typically a slave to fashion but someone recently told me that it's very "out" to order a kir anymore. I know there is always champagne or wine but if there is something new everyone loves I'd like to know.
Thanks for any help!
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