Hello Paris Hounds,
I am writing, as so many do, to get your collective help in making sure that we have a delicious trip next month. My partner and I are coming to Paris in June for a short (3-day) escape from our real lives (jobs/kids/etc.) We'll be staying near the Parmentier metro station. We've got three dinners (M, T, W) and four lunches (M, T, W, Th).
In trying to describe the food that we love the words: honest, personal, creative, and bold-flavored pop into our head. In addition to that, there is nothing we love quite so much as a perfect wine-pairing. (We both love wine, but we are not quite savvy enough to do the work reliably well ourselves…so restaurants that are good at this are extra fun for us). For reference, if any of you have been to Boston recently, our very favorite place right now is the Table at Season To Taste (ticks all these boxes).
Having said all that, here's the outline of my plan so far - with questions:
Monday Lunch: Astier or Vantre (both open on Mondays, both near our apartment). Leaning towards Astier as the more comfortable first meal off the plane, but happy to be convinced otherwise-either about Vantre or somewhere else (Astier Grill?)
Monday Dinner: Pierre Sang - but which one? Gambey seems most interesting to me with the stronger Korean influence (and wine pairing), but perhaps Signature makes more sense?
In the mix for T and W dinners - in order of preference right now:
Ze Kitchen Gallerie
Paul Bert 6 (I know that this place doesn't score as well for many, but the chef made us one of the best meals of our lives at his old restaurant in Montreal).
I'd love to hear folks' thoughts on how well these choices seem to fit our profile and which have the best wine pairing situations.
Then, lunches will be a little more unpredictable. On Thursday, I think we'll do Les Arlots before getting on the train for the airport. Beyond that, much depends on where we'll be when (we both like to wander and so will only commit ourselves to a spot during the day if we must). Places on my list of targets (beyond those above), neighborhood dependent:
Aux Deux Amis
Grand Pan (who knows if we'll get out to the 15th, but I had a transcendent meal here a few years ago)
I guess the short version of the question here: are there any places on this list that we should make space/time to ensure that we get to? Desnoyez seems like the one given what I've read, but I'm very open to suggestion.
Finally - and I know this is long - but one last question: I expect that we'll be wandering before dinner in aperitif/snack mode. My memory of at least some of the wine bars is that we should be able to plunk down and have a glass of wine and a bit of charcuterie - is that right? I'm thinking of places like Dauphin, Buvette, Septime la Cave.
Thanks so much in advance. Of course, I'll pay it all back (forward?) by writing up a full report. Of course we won't eat a fraction of what we could possibly eat…but the more we know, the more delicious.