Please give thoughts on my Paris restaurant list. Thanks!
We are staying in the Marais and looking to have a bunch of very good meals for a very good price with the exception of one night where we are willing to spend a little more (but not nearly Taillevant prices) for a nicer, only in Paris, place.
Sorry if that's confusing at all.
In the meantime does anyone have any thoughts on the floowing places?
Au Pied De Cochon
Mon Veil Ami
Aux Lyonnais - for our one nicer place (any other thoughts?)
On my last three trips to Paris, I used Sandra Gustafson's "Great Eats Paris" book and found her advice to be spot-on. If she says a place will be crowded, it will be. If she says the fish is great, it is.
Also, near the Marais, a little fancy but not too pricey, my family and I love Bofinger.
I have used and liked Gustafson's books, although when I lived in Paris I had an outdated copy and would often haunt after restaurants she described that I liked the sound of and were no more, wishing and wanting. But I want to make a plug for the Time Out magazine guide to Paris restaurants -- you can buy it when you arrive in Paris, or at a good magazine/book store in your home country. This is updated yearly by an army of smart young writers, and really covers the eating scene and its highs in the city. I have found so many special places with it over the years. If you read French fluently, Nova magazine does a magazine eating guide too that is fun.
Ardoise: 3 course prix fixe menu written on a blackboard, good modern bistro food; noisy, crowded and rushed service; bare bone decor.
Mon Vielle Ami: many chowhounds like this place but I didn't have a good meal there last October. It was on a Sunday night and probably because they were runny out of food, the menu was very brief. There was also a shortage of waiters so the chef had to come out and bus tables.
Au Pied de Cochon: not recommended for the food unless you're out near Les Halles at 3am and hungry.
Aux Lyonnais: good hardly classic bistro fare in a lively atmosphere.
Chez Rene: excellent classic bistro fare, large portions, wonderful cheeses; one of the best classic bistro in Paris. I would recommend this over Aux Lyonnais
Les Pipos: a good old wine bar in the 5th; haven't been there in years; remembered it having good red rhone, simple plates of food.
I have not been to the others on your list. Is Trumilou the correct spelling? Search the board and you'll find some excellent recommendations for Paris.
The service at L' Ardoise is a bit rushed, but it is possible to sit back and relax and set the dining pace a bit. Make your decisions fast as the single board needs to move around the room.
The fare is simple yet the flavors are rich and concentrated. I was very surprised with the flavor of the Jarrette (Pig Knuckle) as I always try it when I see it. The meat and fat melted together nicely in the mouth.
There is little help with the wine list, but you will find some gems.
Le Trumilou is in the 4th arr. right on the bank of the Seine. It is very reasonably priced and the food is good if not great. However, it is a lively place usually filled with in-the-know Parisians. It is a bistrot, and bar. Lots of fun.
Aux Lyonnaise is a very pretty bistrot, but in my one meal there I was less than impressed. Why not splurge a Atelier Robuchon or Senderens? I think you would enjoy the wonderful menu at L'Os a Moelle in the 15th. It is very accessible by metro.
If you are adventurous you could make your way to Le Baratin in the 20th arr.
I love lunching around the Canal St. Martin in the 10th. Take a picnic.