So here’s a brief recap of our time in Paris. First I have to say that the weather for the past week was simply amazing. Sunny and comfortable every day made it perfect for strolling and sitting in cafes. The apartment we rented just a little way off Rue de Buci was perfect. It was as though we were at combination of Soho, the Village and Tribeca. Perfect for a family from NYC.
Our most memorable meals were at Les Papilles, Chez Denise La Tour Montlherly, Au Gourmand and Auberge Bressane.
Les Papilles was fantastic. Bertrand was friendly and helpful from making reservations to picking out a bottle of wine. We had the set menu and everything was flavorful. Never knew that cauliflower soup could taste so good. The setting is very attractive. A bit tight with the tables, but a very enjoyable place. I say this is a do not miss place.
Chez Denise was bustling when we were there. The waiters were extremely friendly and were joking around with our bad French. Steak tartare was fabulous though the portion could have fed a small village. Best atmosphere of the places we were at. I love the liter bottle of brouilly and endless plates of frites. We really needed the walk back to the apartment after the meal to burn off two or three extra calories.
Café des Musees was another great spot for some traditional French food. Another steak tartare (though this one was cut much thicker than at Chez Denise – different but equally good) and steak frites and oysters and fish and on and on. Pants are beginning to bust loose.
Au Gourmand was a bit more formal but still very relaxed. The host was very genial and helpful. The food was well prepared and tasted great. Lovely cheese platter.
I think we must have walked at least 5 miles every day. It’s the only thing that kept us from going up a waist size every day. I don’t know how some people plan two significant meals a day on their trips to Paris. Two big meals every day for a week would do me in. The only day we did that, we had lunch at Auberge Bressane and dinner at Atelier de Joel Robuchon. Which leads to our most disappointing experience which was at AdeJL. First, they couldn’t find our reservation but eventually things got cleared up and we were seated. The food was fine but honestly, there was nothing special about what we had for the level of dining. Everything was good and the service was very polished, but its not anything we can’t get in NYC. The wife and I compared it to a dinner we recently had at Eleven Madison Park and preferred that. We much preferred the less fussy and fancy dining experiences but still amazing food because that’s precisely the kind of thing we can’t get at home.
So my thanks to all who helped guide us on this board and we will be back to your wonderful city.