I'm way out ahead (or so I'd like to think) on this, but knowing that some reservations need to be made months (years??) in advance, I'm trying to put this to bed sooner rather than later. I am going to be in Paris in May, arriving on Thursday, May 1st and we are staying in the 7th. I am shooting for 2 "blow-out" dinners when we arrive and when we leave and then nice, but "affordable" dinners in between. Wanted at least one seafood restaurant and balance between the 7th, 5th, 6th and 4th. Here is what I've come up with so far:
Thursday: Violin d'Ingres
Friday: Bofinger (post-Opera)
Saturday: Fables de la Fontaine
Monday: Le Comptoir du Relais (we've got reservations already!)
Tuesday: Le Pamphlet
Wednesday: L'Astrance (assuming lightning strikes and I can get a reservation).
Others that are on my list for the "affordable" meals are:
Le Clos De Gourmets
Dome Du Marais
Ze Kitchen Galerie
Assuming L'Astrance doesn't work out, I was thinking of Helene Darroze but would welcome other suggestions. I'd prefer not to break the 200 Euro per person mark.
Thanks to all in advance and sorry for the long post.
I wouldn't worry about anything being booked this far in advance, but do inquire of the restaurants as to how far ahead you will need to reserve. Regarding Violon d'Ingres, I believe it has been changed to a more casual style and the price reduced so I don't know if it would qualify as a "blow-out" dinner anymore, though I would expect the quality of food to still be high, just perhaps not as elaborate. I was there several years ago, before the change but I'm sure others who have been there more recently can clarify. For a substitute that is more like the original Violon, I would suggest Carre des Feuillants. Very creative dishes in an elegant contemporary atmosphere, almost on a par with L'Astrance. To your affordable list I would add L'Os a Moelle. The setting is casual bistro but the food is much more creative than the bistro prices would indicate, and you get a lot for your money.