Narrowing down the list again - need some more input!
I'm taking my mom (who is somewhat of a chowhound) to Paris in December. We're meeting another chowhound friend there. After MUCH research we have, narrowed down some choices:
Wed: Le Reminet (We're staying in the 5th. I've been there and had a good experience; my friend wants to go)
Thurs: La Lozere (see my aligot thread - we're going for the aligot feast!)
Fri: Tentatively Josephine, Chez Dumonet
Sunday: Aux Trois Petits Cochons (from the recommendation of some friends who visit frequently)
Monday: This will be New Year's Eve, I'm thinking of La Cagouille
Here are some places on my maybe list:
Astier (cl Sat)
Le P’tit Troquet
Au Fils des Saisons
Au Pied du Fouet
Bistro Paul Bert
Le Rouge Gorge
But I am open to any and all suggestions! This will be my mom's first trip to Paris and I am treating. She's not into having a large lunch (I know that that would be a good way to sample a more expensive restaurant, but I don't think that will work for her). We're looking for good traditional food at a place where we won't be surrounded by nothing but fellow tourists. I want to make sure that we don't have experiences that are too similar, while still keeping with that theme. Oh, and I eat poultry and seafood, but no red meat.
What would YOU choose for the "open" nights?!
Le Pamphlet -great food and amazing value for the money. We ate there twice in our 3 week stay in April/May 2006 and it will be our last meal for our stay in Paris this September.
We're also going back to Mon Vieil Ami and Taillevent.
Can also recommend La Table Lauriston in the 16th.
Yes, Le Pamphlet is at the top of the list!
I really respect my fellow chouwhound opinions...I haven't seen a lot of recommends for Josephine Chez Dumonet, and only a few results on my search for Aux Trois Petits Cochons. So, I hope that I'm not being a pain, but aside from the aligot night, what mix of traditional, good, reasonable, atmospheric bistros would you suggest from the above list for the remaining nights? We are 3 female food-lovers, one who has never been to Paris.(two of us have been and don't want to repeat some places that we liked, such as Chez Denise and Chez Gladines).
Thanks so much!
I have eaten at Josephine Chez Dumonet quite a few times and have always had very good meals. It is little off the beaten track which could be the reason it isn't one of the "usual suspects". It is quite traditional with fairly large portions, they do list some dishes as half portions and my wife found these substantial enough for a main course. The deserts are very good and equally substantial - you could share souffle as it is quite large.
I have also been to Le Pamphlet, and Mon Viel Ami and thought both were OK (nothing wrong, but equally nothing outstanding) and not so good as to tempt us back a second time (we lived in Paris). On the other hand we went to Chez Dumonet quite often and took quite a few visitors (we did live in the 7eme). It does attract a fair share of English speakers, maybe residents rather than tourists, but the majority of diners are French.
One problem you may run into is that many restaurants will be closed between Christmas and New Year. Restaurants often shut for 3/4 weeks in August and a week in December. When Lived in Paris I found that a lot of restaurants were starting to close for their holidays in the week before Christmas so your choice may be limited. In your planning are you checking this...?