A little background: I am a lurker at CH, contribute rarely, read all the food blogs, love good food, live in SF where we have great food so it has to be at least equal to the level we have here when I dine out.
Was in Paris for my 60th in September, with 4 other family members and friends, was just with my DH in April. Our September choices had to please more palettes as in picky eaters.
I am always interested in the discussions here about the "top" restaurants, the most popular ones that I refuse to make a reservation months in advance, the newest ones, the old favorites...so this is a good mix of all the above.
Bistro Vivienne: In our jet lag stupor needing to eat early and staying in an apartment in the Palais Royale, we didn't go too far. My family loved the passage, which they had never seen before so it made for a nice setting to sit inside the walkway and have an early first dinner. I wasn't expecting much, but the food was decent . We had a smoked salmon platter, steak tartar, a cooked chicken leg and a caesar salad, wine and soda 95 E for 4 of us.
Marais: there is a little place opposite a very small park and they always have HUGE quiches in the side window and for the life of me I can't think of the name. We have walked by often when staying in this neighborhood but never ate there till now...delish!!
The quiches are so tall, I don't know how they get them that big.
I had the goat cheese and spinish, others had just a spinish, mine was so rich and savory, the other one not so much...a gizzard salad and a salad compose, which were all good, definitely will eat here again and I hope someone knows the name. 90Euros, with wine and soda
L'Office: Really a great meal and great service, love the area the restaurant is in too. They waiter explained all the dishes in english to my family, which was very kind of him.
We started with the most unusual heirloom salad, sliced tomatoes of all colors on top of a basil cream that we all used bread to scrape up the last drop, a salmon tartar was nice and light. Two of us chose the cod fish over a brocallini puree with roasted veggies, duck on a celery risotto and a pork dish with homemade lightly toasted grouchy, everyone loved their food. For desert we had the most unusual but delicious , FLAT ricotta soufflé, a cheese cake with mint and abut 7 glasses of wine...don't ask me why we didn't order a bottle, maybe we thought we were only going to have one glass :) 160Euro, great price for 4.
Cafe Daguerre: Great people watching terrace, we had lunch here after the Catacombs and before the Montparnasse Tower. I've eaten here before and I like the place, friendly service and pretty straight up food.
The steak tartar was wonderful, the goat cheese salad had burnt toast, not good, two other salads were great, a serrano ham with rougfort and cantrell cheese and we finished with everyones favorite apple tart and ice cream...again 90Euros for 4
Terroir Parisian in the 5th: Great birthday dinner , 6 of us went and everyone was very happy with their choices. The picky eaters had a butter leaf lettuce salad that they said had the best dressing on it, I had the two poached eggs, cold, with peas and a green been jelly, odd but relish,a green been and mushroom salad was out of this world, and yet another fabulous pate. Our mains were a coquette with monk fish and mussels in a saffron broth, white fish over spinich, shoulder of lamb over a beet pasts and a glazed veal with veggies .Deserts were a french toast with vanilla ice cream and bavarian cream with strawberries over port ice cream. Everything was wonderful, service was fine, they warmed up to us about mid way through dinner...with 3 glasses champagne and a bottle of wine it was 300Euros for 6
That was the first week, I'll be back with the second week and the April visit soon