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Restaurant choice for next Sunday and Tuesday - please help [Paris]

Kelly | Sep 29, 2011 02:32 AM

Hi 'hounds -

I'm the world's worst at making decisions and not second-guessing myself, so I'm hoping someone can weigh in with a few comments that will help me make a final decision. I've got two dinners in Paris early next week, each with a few constraints.

Obviously the day of the week is the big constraint here. Will be with a US colleague and her husband, staying at the Marriott Rive Gauche down in the 14th (metro Denfert-Rochereau). They LOVE good food and wine, so I'd put a premium on that plus an ambience conducive to leisurely catching-up. At the same time, I want to be respectful of them coping with an unfortunate exchange rate, so would like to keep it around 60 euros pp, not including wine. I'd also like it to be a fairly simple trip from the hotel. My short list, in no particular order:

1. Le Reminet - would love a cost reality check on this one; I know lunches are a great deal but they don't post a menu or prices on their website.
2. Le Petit Pontoise - haven't been here since before the NY Times outed it. Really enjoyed it at the time, but has it gone downhill?
3. Christophe
4. Mon Vieil Ami - even though I was disappointed in my last visit, our first three times there were SO good, I want it to be excellent again. Am I dreaming?
5. La Cagouille
6. C'est Mon Plaisir - John Talbott raved about this resto on the Ile St-Louis recently; is it part of a mini-chain, with three other addresses down in the 14th? Has anyone been to those earlier outposts?
7. Fables de la Fontaine/Cafe Constant - not sure about these, simply because they're harder to get to, Fables might be too expensive, and not sure the Cafe has a particularly cosy atmosphere

The constraint here is timing: Our conference at the Marriott ends at 6pm, and I'm on a Thalys back to Brussels at 10pm. So am looking for a scandalously early dinner (7pm?) to which I can tote my suitcase, and a friend, and from which I can easily hop on a metro/RER and skedaddle to the Gare du Nord in good time. Also hoping to relax and chat as much as possible during the meal. My short list:

1. Chez Casimir or Chez Michel - these would be my top picks for no-stress convenience, but I feel bad dragging my friend, who will be at the Marriott until Weds., all the way up to the gare
2. L'Avant Gout - haven't been for years, but loved it when I went. Still worthy?
3. L'Ourcine - never been
4. La Cerisaie - haven't been for years, but have been longing to return. Though if the warm weather holds, not sure hearty SW cuisine is ideal!
5. La Regalade (the original) - how can I never have been before Camdeborde left? Would this be like trying to turn back time?

Can anyone come to the rescue of the Queen of Indecision? I thank you.

La Cerisaie
Boulevard Edgar Quinet, Paris, Île-de-France 75014, FR

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