paris comments on below please??
Ze Kitchen Galerie, 4, rue des Grands Augustins, Paris 75006; (33-1) 44.32.00.32, fax (33-1) 44.32.00.33; closed Saturday lunch and Sunday; about $70; wines are $22 to $60; Visa card only.
Passiflore, 33, rue de Longchamp, Paris 75116; (33-1) 47.04.96.81, fax (33-1) 47.04.32.27; closed Saturday lunch and Sunday; $100 à la carte, $55 or $72 prix fixe; wine $21 to $260; American Express and Visa only.
Restaurant Hiramatsu St.-Louis en l'Île, 7, quai de Bourbon, Paris 75004; (33-1) 56.81.08.80; e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.; closed Sunday and Monday; $230; wine from $24.
Pierre Gagnaire, 6, rue Balzac, Paris 75008; (33-1) 188.8.131.52, fax (33-1) 184.108.40.206; e-mail, email@example.com; closed Saturday, Sunday lunch, holidays and the last two weeks of July; about $450, prix fixe $400; wine from $50.
Chez Michel, 10, rue de Belzunce, 10th Arrondissement; (33-1) 44.53.06.20.
L'Os à Moelle, 3, rue Vasco de Gama, 15th; (33-1) 220.127.116.11.
Café Moderne, 40, rue Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, Second; (33-1) 18.104.22.168.
La Régalade, 49, avenue Jean-Moulin, 14th; (33-1) 22.214.171.124. Reservations essential.
Aux Lyonnais, 32, rue St.-Marc, Second; (33-1) 42.96.65.04.
Chez Denise, 5, rue Prouvaires, First; (33-1) 126.96.36.199.
Gaya, 44, rue du Bac, seventh arrondissement; (33-1) 188.8.131.52. Meal for two with wine: about 125 euros (or $155, at $1.23 to the euro).
Le Comptoir, Hôtel Relais St.-Germain, 9, carrefour de l'Odéon, sixth arrondissement; (33-1) 44.27.07.97. Forty-euro prix fixe.
Mon Vieil Ami, 69, rue St.-Louis-en-l'Île, fourth arrondissement; (33-1) 40.46.01.35. Meal for two with wine: 95 euros.
Benoît, 20, rue Saint-Martin, fourth arrondissement; (33-1) 184.108.40.206. Meal for two with wine: about 160 euros.
Been to Gagnaire and Benoit.
GAGNAIRE: Still miss his place in St.Etienne, which was spacious and gorgeous. Would only recommend to serious foodies. Very innovative, unusual dishes. You have to be up for a culinary adventure. Nice wine list.
BENOIT: Great spot. Classic bistro with a lot of character.
Both places are recommended.
I have experience with only two of the names on your list.
I absolutely adored Chez Denise - as much for the atmosphere and the friendliness of our fellow diners as for the unfussy food and fabulous fried potatoes, accompanied by Poilane's lovely sour bread. I still remember every detail of the four hours we spent there over lunch 13 years ago! Can't wait to go back in December. I really hope they're open Christmas week.
Benoit - As WineTravel says above, it's a classic Parisian bistro. Good food but high prices. We very much enjoyed our lunch there four years ago, despite the fact that they seated us in the "English-speaking section" and the waiters greeted our (probably laughable) attempts at French by responding only in English.
I'll be interested to read others' comments.
Ze Kitchen Galerie: Haven't been in two years, but when I was actually tiring of bistro fare this was a wonderful shift. The food, especially seafood, was delicious and quite innovative for a price not yet at the level of the haute cuisine temples.
La Regalade, was a few years ago considered the best bistro in Paris. I went twice and completely love it. But I have read on this board that it is under new management and can't confirm that.
L'Os a Moelle: LOVE this place. Left there once (the wine had something to do with it) singing, all the way to the Right Bank. Also think about Le Troquet, nearby I think.
What about Casa Olympe in the 9th? I love her resto, and her cookbook--it is Provençal.
La Regalade used to be headed by Yves Camdeborde, who now runs Le Comptoir.
Le Troquet has good, solid food, but not particularly inventive or beautifully presented. I did love their molten chocolate cake- delicious!
Le Troquet and L'Os a Moelle are not close together. Le Troquet is near the Eiffel Tower in the 7th (M: Ecole Militaire). L'Os a Moelle is at the bottom of the 15th (M: Lourmel). However, they ARE on the same metro line (#8) should you want to run from one to the other.
Here are brief answers to the places I've been to on your list.
L'Os à Moelle- Worth the money and good baby bistro food, although your choices are limited (only 2) per course. Reservations not hard to get but recommended. Or try their sister bar with buffet across the street- great reputation!
Aux Lyonnais- Good service, reservations essential. Set menu is not expensive, but not very seasonal. All the more interesting things are a la carte.
Chez Denise- Giant steaks and marrow bones (cote de boeuf). Make sure you order French fries. Even starters are huge, I recommend sharing. House wine is from a cask. They bring you a whole bottle but charge you for what you drink. Go early or make reservations, can be smokey but oh-so-classic French.
Le Comptoir- Lunch and weekends are bistro food, no reservations taken. I chose my last meal in Paris to be there and didn't regret it on bit. There is a specials board, I recommend you order off of it if you can. Dinner on weekdays is set menu and extremely hard to get reservations for! Great location in Odeon, lunch served until fairly late, always packed.
Mon Vieil Ami- Good Alsatian food in a very trendy atmosphere. I believe it's about 39 Euros a person, which includes an aperitif. Food can be heavy but well-executed. Desserts were disappointing, but they have a tiny kitchen and probably no full-time pastry chef. Another place with a great location. You can get a set plate of the day on weekday lunches for about 14 Euros, I believe. Make a reservation, the place is small!
You'll find full reviews for a lot of other places on my website if you care to read further, I lived in Paris for about year:
Hiramatsu is fabulous but pricy. The cooking is traditional French with Japanese accent, very nicely done. They moved about a year ago from Quai Bourbon on Ile St Louis to a new address on Rue Longchamp in the 16th. I have not been to the new location but the old one was really enjoyable. Their website has the new address / phone number.
Agree with other posts about l'Os a Moelle. Very good cooking and very good value, they only have a 6 course tasting menu with 2 choices per course except desert which usually has 4 choices, I think 38e per person. Wines are remarkably well priced too. The chef, Thierry Faucher, trained under Christian Constant at the Crillion a while back.