We arrived in Paris after a long red eye flight, staying in a surprisingly quiet area of St. Germain des Pres, around the corner from the Sevres Babylone metro and a block from Bon Marche. It was an extremely convenient location.
Tired from our journey, we stopped for coffee creme with a croissant at a small neighborhood cafe, a perfect reintroduction to Paris. After checking in and resting that afternoon, we walked to Chez Dumonet for dinner. Great, classic bistro with wonderful food and service, we had the duck confit with awesome crispy potato and pan roasted salmon over spinach. It was as good a first meal as we could have hoped for.
Next morning was another quick stop for coffee and croissant (delicious by the way, how do they do it), then over to Roland Garros for the French Open. Lunch was a venue sandwich, not bad for a quick lunch.
Dinner our second evening was at a nice trattoria in St. Germain, Casa Bini. We enjoyed a salad of slightly bitter greens with a sweetish dressing, followed by pasta with eggplant, tomato and ricotta and spaghetti with tomato and basil. The spaghetti was perfect in its simplicity, cooked al dente, flavorful and toothsome. Next time I would order the antipasto plate to start as that looked wonderful, a nice selection of meat, cheese and vegetables. Dessert was spur of the moment at Ben and Jerry's on the walk back to our hotel.
Lunch the next day was around the corner from our hotel at Brasserie Babylone, a croque madame for my wife and a vegetable omelet with salad for me. This might have been my favorite meal in Paris, simple, beautifully prepared and delicious. Wish I could cook an omelet like this.
Dinner that evening was at Cafe Varenne, a nice neighborhood restaurant, the only surprise was the automatic submachine gun toting police at the corner. My wife had the roast chicken and I had house made sausage with mushrooms over the best tasting mashed potato I've ever had. I wiped my plate clean of the gravy with my bread. Dessert was a delicious rice pudding with chocolate sauce, toothsome and creamy.
Our final dinner was at Les Botanistes, another small neighborhood bistro. We started with fresh white asparagus, followed by baby squid risotto and grilled veal and mushrooms in a nice wine sauce. Absolutely perfect meal but the dessert was fantastic, an almond biscuit with black cherries and pistachio ice cream. We could have finished two if we weren't so full.
Loved our short visit, other than the French Open which was our primary reason to be there, we just wandered around admiring the buildings, neighborhoods, the Seine walk, stopping in the backstreets for coffee and a pastry, which is probably my favorite thing to do in Paris. Our dinners were at smaller neighborhood restaurants, but we didn't have a single bad meal. Thanks to everyone for their help, looking forward to 2017.