I really appreciated the help I got lurking on this site before our trip to Paris last week. Here's where we ate. Maybe this will help others as they plan! I hope so.
Shan Gout: Parisians feeding each other forkfuls of homemade Dan Dan noodles, dumplings, and aubergine with shrimp in this tiny Sichuan. Limited menu in an unadorned setting. The young chef is nearly working alongside your table. Not the culinary excitement suggested by some critics, but well-made and kind, lots of heat on the tongue, and fun.
Le Cave Beauvau: Oh, thank you, John Talbott!! Those oeufs mayo, that terrine, the steak and frites, the herring and lovely glass of Cote de Rhone. The blue-suited businessmen were hunkered down over their plates. Charming and casual 50's bistro, but nothing at all casual about the cooking. This was one fine lunch. Loved it.
L'Apicius: Glorious. Explosive flavors in ingredient-driven comfort food. Lamb that's the paradigm of meat: moist, pink and buttery. The brine keeps the cream honest in the egg amuse. The chocolate souffle is a crumbling tower, and you dip your spoon in the boulders. Shut me up now. The candle lit drive twinkles as you walk to the mansion, where the service also has a twinkle. Very romantic. Empty your wallet carelessly,. Great wines.
L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon: Forgettable, except for the bad parts.
Chez Michel: Great fish soup and cod. But oh, the riz au lait and Paris Brest pastry with praline cream. Lovely room, Gruff service softens. Loved it. Many options on the board.
Le Petit Celadon: "Sunday night special". Suffice to say, lovely service and eccentric dining companions. Food, not so much. Maybe the weekday meal is better.
Au Petit Margeury: Again, thanks John Talbott! We needed a wheelbarrow to carry us out. But the Breton oysters alone... fabulous. An entire sole (whew!), steak and Grand Marnier souffle. Tuck in and bring an appetite.
Spring: Assuming the new Spring has some ethos of the old when it opens: rotisserie, communal, servers creating the sense of having you to dinner at home. Salad with rabbit, lemon tart and great bread were the standouts. Mains not so much. Poor overpriced Bandol. Fun, but seemed a bit effortful for fun. Chef was off working on the new place.
Hope this helps a person or two!!