I've been lurking here for a while, reading and taking notes for our upcoming 4th trip to Paris in September (actually, my hubby's 4th but my 5th since I'm taking my daughter for a quick 5 day trip in May!)
We will celebrate my hubby's 50th on September 29 (a Wednesday) and are looking for somewhere special to celebrate (isn't everyone!). We would like to keep it to about 300 euros total, including wine. From reading all your wonderful posts, I'm thinking of the following:
La Grande Cascade (85 euro menu w/wine, lunch or dinner)
Rostang (Club Menu at 95 euros w/wine, lunch)
Le Cinq (I can only afford the lunch special here once we take wine into account)
Les Ombres (menu degustation w/wine, 145 euros pp). This last one would probably be more for the view than for the food, from what I've read. We ate at Jules Verne in 2007 for our 25th anniversary and the ambiance and view certainly added to the overall enjoyment of our meal.
About us ~ we've pretty open minded, we've eaten at Spring 3 times not knowing what we'd get (and loved it each and every time), we love good food but I don't think we're true foodies. Some of the restaurants we've really enjoyed in Paris include Fables de la Fontaine, Fontaine de Mars, Le Petit Troquet, Au Fils de Saison, Au Vieux Comptoir, Chez Janou, Robert & Louise, and the ubiquitous L'As du Falafel! Besides our splurge at Jules Verne, we've gone more for great food in a comfortable atmosphere. We want to have a special meal for Den's big day but I'm worried about feeling intimidated in the fancier restaurants, so that is why I'm asking for expert advice from the Paris Chowhounders! What do you think of my choices and are there others you'd like to add?
Souphie and John, I love reading your blogs and really value your opinions, as well as so many others here on Chowhound. Besides our big meal, we also want to try Frenchies (I tried last year but couldn't get in), Josephine Chez Dumonet, Les Papilles, Le Pamphlet, Les Cotelettes, Le Baratin, Breizh Cafe, l'Avant Comptoir, Le Florimond, LaTable d'Eugenie, Auberge Pyreness Cevennes for cassoulet and of course, a return visit to Daniel's new place in the 1st. I have to say that the most comfortable we have ever felt in a restaurant in Paris were our 2 meals at Spring (and our cooking class with Daniel and Marie Aude for my birthday last year). We also really enjoyed Au Vieux Comptoir in the 1st, going twice during our last trip. I obviously have way too many places to try in one trip, but that's what keeps us coming back!
This is a very long winded way of trying to show you guy what we like and how we like it so you can help us choose for the big birthday celebration. I'm not interested in a place where we could go into food ecstacy but could just as well have a big disappointment since we only get one shot at a 50th birthday, so I'm looking for great, consistent and not intimidating.
Thanks for any help you can give me............Jo