Last night in Paris - Senderens, Georges, Unico, Liza?
We're coming in Saturday for a quick kid free trip until Tuesday. Yipee! It's my husbands birthday as well. We have dinners booked at Le Hanger (early dinner our first evening so we can crash) and L'Atelier JR the second evening. The third night (last with my husband before he leaves and I stay for business) we're booked at Senderens but are considering changing. Unfortunately, I don't have such an adventuresome palate -- I eat chicken, fish, beef but no duck, fois gras, marrow bone, tripe, etc. A few have suggested Georges (views and ambiance may be worth it?), Unico (new Argentine place), Les Ombres (again great views but worried about menu -- too much adventure for me?) or Liza, a Lebanese place.
We would like a chic restaurant with a special or fun atmosphere where we are not on top of the next table. We have three girls under 5 so very excited to spend time together...
Also, where is the creperie in Marais run by Asians that is supposed to be so amazing?? Also, Cafe de Musees a must? We're staying in Marais and would also love any snacking/lunch suggestions. I'm definitely heading to L'As du Falafel!
Any advice would be helpful! Thanks so much!
I'm not sure why you would reconsider Senderens? It's an affordable (not cheap way) to enjoy the genius of one of the best chefs of the century, including exciting wine pairings. If you expect fine dining, don't go. But if you are a foodie, you should go, imo. It is one of the most interesting restaurants in Paris, and sometimes it is on par with the best. Let the waiting staff guide you on what you should have, once you have specified what you don't eat. They usually have very non-funky stuff.
Also it is clearly a more expensive (and way better) restaurant than the alternatives you suggest.
Senderens was great when I went but it was awhile ago and I have seen a few unflattering remarks. Of course, they all have to be considered but not necessarily deemed true.
The flavor combinations can be a bit progressive but there are enough dishes that stay within a comfort band of traditional that you should be alright.
Lamb chops were the best thing, really outstanding. Too bad that was not my entree.
I can comment on two if them. Senderens is a beutiful room, very elegant, but with modern touches. The food is good (but pricey). It is quite romantic, or at least when I last went, with lots of couples having post work liaisions. However, the tables are quite close together as in most Parisian restaurants.
Georges is the opposite, it has clean modern lines, quite a large space with lots of tables, and spaceing is a bit better but still not great. It has a The menu is "international", and the food is OK. But you don't go for the food - the staff are all aspiring somethings - actors, models etc - you will fall in love with the cute boys and your husband will fall in love with the hot babes...! Romantic? Maybe.
Les Ombres looks great - on my list for my next visit, but I can't comment as I have not been.
I think the creperie you're referring to is the Breizh café - the owner is a Breton, married to a Japanese woman. It's at 109 rue Vieille du Temple. you may need reservations depending on when you go - their # is 01 42 72 13 77. Café des musées is excellent - they have a great 12 or 13 euro lunch special, and great dinners as well.