Report from some old tourist and chowhound favourites which I have not got around to visiting until this trip. Went in mid May this year.
Dinner Chez Josephine Dumonet.
This was a very good dinner. Went at 7.30 and the dining room was filling up. Service was kind. Was given a complimentary glass of white wine upon arrival. I had the half portion of foie gras for starter, the millefeuille de pigeon for main and the grand marnier soufflé for dessert. Gf had a veloute of asparagus for starter, half portion of boeuf bourguignon for main and the millefeuille Jean-Louis for dessert. We both agreed that the main courses were the best (the pigeon was really really good) and that the veloute of asparagus was the weakest dish of the meal. We were completely stuffed after this meal, lots of food even though we had half dishes of some courses. Bill was 165 euros for two including a bottle of Bordeaux which was 36 euros.
Lunch at Chez l’ami Jean.
Had the carte blanche for 55 euros. In all 7 courses including dessert. Food was very good. Highlights were the cod, veal and the rice pudding (which was deserving of all the hype). This was a very good lunch, despite some issues with the service. Had to remind three different waiters of our wine that we ordered and it wasnt given to us until we were almost finished with the first course. The waiters seemed really stressed. Longing to go back as it seemed there was so many things you could order a la carte that seemed really good. Bill was around 130 euros for two (including a glass of wine for 8 euros each).
Lunch at Le Cinq
This was an amazing lunch. The dining room is really airy and bright and beautiful. We had a great time and the food was sublime. We went for the 4 course menu which was 145 euros each. The hightlights were the spaghetti timbale with truffle, ham and morels (which I believe is a signature of the new chef from Ledoyen?) and the gratinated onions dish which was divine. We were treated like kings and the waiters did everything they could to make sure we had a great time. Christian Le Squer came out twice into the dining room to talk with customers. This is my second high-end restaurant visit in Paris (the previous being Guy Savoy) and if a comparison was to be made Le Cinq felt like a step up both in food and service. Would love to go back one day. Bill was 422 euros for two people including a glass of champagne and a glass of wine each. I attached some photos from the meal.
Other than these restaurants, we had lunch at Pizza Cesar on boulevard St-Marcel in the 5th (a tradition for us everytime we go to Paris). I find their pizzas really good there. We also had snacks and wine at two different cafés in around this neighbourhood (Les Négociants at avenue des gobelins and La Contrescarpe at place de la contrescarpe). Love this area. We also had lunch at 0 d’attente, also at Boulevard St-marcel, which was just average and possibly the worst meal of our trip.
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