My Paris Restaurant Bookings - Any views?
I have just made my reservations for a trip to Paris in January and want to hear any views if you think I have especially good/bad choices. We are staying in St Germain, near Notre Dame and while I dont mind travelling for good food, given that we are in Paris, I reckoned we shouldnt have to travel all that far..........
1. Friday night - Chez Rene - I'm hoping it's a good traditional bistro with simple yet good food and a good wine list
2. Saturday night - L'Atelier Joel Robuchon - I know/think we cant make reservations here and maybe Saturday night isnt the best night to have dinner but not in any big rush and it sounds like the restaurant is worth waiting for
3. L'Orangerie on Ile St Louis - for no other reason than we found this place a few years ago and every time we go to Paris we have dinner here on one night and have never been let down. My only concern is that it seems to have changed hands so I hope it will be as good as we remember
4. Lunch at Jules Verne Eiffel Tower - just to have lunch there! The restaurant also sounds good. One query - we have a flight from CDG at 16.10 and need to be there at 15.10 - will a 12.30 lunch allow us time to go back to our hotel in St Germain and still make the airport on time?
Looking forward to hearing any views/advice!?
Chez Rene - Traditional bistrot with cooking in the style of Lyons. I have been there 3 times before and like it very much for the classics of French cooking. The wine list is almost entirely different variants of Beaujolais - Chenas, Moulin a Vent, Morgon, Brouilly, Fleurie, etc. If there was ever a sub-appellation of Beaujolais you want to try this is the place for it. They also have a true non smoking section. This is the only one on your list I have been to.
For lunch at a starred restaurant (Jules Verne) you will likely be extremely rushed if not impossible to begin lunch at 1230 and make it to CDG by 1510. To eat, and really enjoy it, you need to set aside about 2.5-3 hours for a starred restaurant. Including travel time, I would say this will not work. I highly recommend you do this on another day when your travel schedule will not interfere.
I'm a fan of Chez Rene, but I'm also a fan of Lyon! I really love the lamb with white beans there! imo, cru Beaujolais wines are quite tasty, and certainly accompany the food well.
I'd agree that you will not make it to CDG in time with a 12:30 lunch at a starred restaurant. I hope you can rearrange your schedule!
One of my favorite winter treats in Paris is Hot Chocolate (and people watching) in the window at Fouquet's on the Champs Elysee
For L'Atelier, if you get there around 7-7:30 you may get in within an hour, since they do take reservations for 6:30pm only (I think). I would not schedule a starred restaurant for lunch the day I leave and have to get to CDG. Traffic in Paris can be horrendous and I always leave a lot of time to get to the airport--also check-ins can be very long. Instead, I would try a less upscale place around the hotel for lunch. (Les Bouquinistes, perhaps, or Rotisserie du Beaujolais. Make a reservation for noon or 12:30, whenever they open. Enjoy yourself.
At Bouquinistes, try the crab ravioli dish...superb! This restaurant was our favorite on our Nov. visit.
I would not go to the Jules Verne if I were also worried about the airport. You would be cutting it very (maybe TOO) close, and you won't enjoy the meal as you'll be so conscious of the time. Moreover, the trip to CDG can be interminable if there is ANY even slight disruption to the normal traffic flow, which is on the slow side at all times during the workday.
L'Atelier - I reserved for 6:30, was worried it would be empty but it was near enough full. I wasn't sure about the food after our first course / taster but it really grew on me and I really enjoyed the meal
I just tried to make a reservation at Chez Rene for early
February and was advised that the restaurant has been sold,
with the new owner taking over in early Feb. End of an era....