My girlfriend and I will be visiting Paris the 3rd week of May, staying 6 nights. We'll be staying near the Chemin Vert metro stop on the border of the 3rd and 11th arrondissements. On our last visit, we had a very memorable meal at Le Bar a Huitres on bd Beaumarchais, and another fun one at Caves Saint Gilles, a wonderful little Spanish tapas joint.
We are both very adventurous eaters, willing to eat anything (at least once). We are on somewhat of a limited budget - very high end eateries are out of our price point (we can do 2 dinners where we spend 150 euros for both of us, on each of the 2 nights; the rest will be lower cost...).
Can folks help with:
1) Rue Montorgueil neighborhood - we've never really explored it, but would like to this time. Any good lunch or dinner recommendations in that area?
2) Left Bank - in the 5th, near the Rue Mouffetard. We loved the Natural History museum, and plan on a return visit. Rue Mouffetard was delightful. I realize it's a bit touristy there, but a good lunch spot there away from the beaten path would be great.
3) How do the restaurants featured in Bourdain's No Reservations stack up (La Quincave, Frenchie, Le Chateaubriand, les cocottes de Constant, Le Jeu de Quilles, Je Thé...me) - what are the general price structures, and are they worth the visit? Is there anything else in the mid-ranged price area, something funky, out of the way, not on the typical must try list, but innovative and up-and-coming?
4) Lastly, how are Le Bar a Huitres and Caves St. Gilles regarded?
Merci a tous en avance!