Even though my name looks French, it is not, I'm from England! :)
Next Wednesday I will be proposing in Paris and an struggling to find somewhere to eat.
The central problem as I see it is that I cannot at this time afford the truly luxurious, Ducasse etc, etc where it will cost 200 euro a head minimum. But at the same time, however good a Bistro might be, the atmosphere seems inappropriate...
Thats the first question: Is a Bistro an inappropriate atmosphere, do you think?
The second question presents an alternative way of answering the same predicament, and it goes like this. Last year, in Montpellier, our most memorable meals were not eating La Compagnie des Comptoirs (the Bistro of the very famous Le Jardin des Sens), but was instead the family run restaurant of Castel Ronceray or perhaps Le Petit Jardin, found down the brilliantly atmospheric and old Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau. Remebering us holding hands down that street as we walked home is a lovely memory...
Thus, is bistro style the answer? Is the quaint, interesting little memorable place the answer, regardless of whether it is quiet, exclusive or private enugh?
Here were some of my ideas:
First, non traditional bistros, in the same vein as Compagnie des Comptoirs
In this list, I suppose we could consider Ducasse's bistros too.
Here is the other extreme, this unusual little place I came across looks adorable:
The middle ground might be this restaurant, which seems to me to be great value for a Michelen Starr in a quiet, but also cosy and memorable envrionement:
Can anyone offer any advice? Obviously, it is getting close to the date, which would suggest that anywhere hard to get a table for is not a possibility... I have read so much now and I am saturated - I don't know what to do!