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Sep 12, 2008 11:40 AM

Paris restaurants with modern feel

Looking for recs for Paris restaurants with a modern feel, in the style of L'Atelier de Joel Rubochon. Of course, good food also a requirement. Various price points welcome, as we will enjoy both top-dollar and good value meals, lunches and dinners. We'll be staying in the 7th for 16 days at the end of December / beginning of January, but we're happy to travel around Paris.

This will be my first post of many, I'm sure, regarding this trip. I've already done so much research, but I find this quality is difficult to research without randomly visiting the websites of dozens of restaurants to see the photos. While I've been focusing on the food qualities, I asked my husband what he wanted, and this is his wish. (He already knows I'll take care of making sure we have good food.) If you can point me in the right direction, with a name, a website, that would be fabulous.

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  1. "Gaya" which is opposite L'Atelier is good and modern. "Senderens" may be a old restaurant but it has been "modernised" and has that modern feel. "Spring" would be good, you may get in for lunch but he is very booked for dinner. "Georges" on top of the Pomedieu is very slick and modern (food is so so). Gordon Ramsay at the Triannon Palace in Versailles has great food and a very elegant touches giving the room a modern feel (I would recomend lunch in the brasserie - cheaper and a good light filled room).

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    1. re: PhilD

      The view from Georges at the Pompidou is stunning, though. And the terrace is a pleasant place to sit and take in the city. It is a little pricey and the food is fine (solid, but not spectacular -- though I did enjoy a recent tomato-mozzarella salad drizzled with divine olive oil). But one of my favorite ways to spend the day is a morning touring the Pompidou Center galleries followed by lunch at Georges -- I can't get enough of the view! I would not, however, go there for dinner.

      1. re: Cookingthebooks

        Thank you both.

        PhilD, I notice that Gaya is a Gagnaire restaurant. How does Gaya's food compare to the food at Pierre Gagnaire? I'm avoiding PG because from what everyone says, it seems to have a hit-or-miss nature which I would gladly chance if I lived there, but not on this trip. The space at Gaya looks bright and fresh. How's the food? I'm going to seriously consider this one.

        Also, after looking at the website, Senderens looks divine, I think maybe for this trip a meal in the bar would best fit the budget. Would you know, do I need a reservation for the bar?

        I'll keep Georges in mind for lunch on a day when we're in that area. Great idea. Thanks, Cookingthebooks.

        1. re: lisavf

          Never been to PG so can't comment. At Gaya we tended to choose a number of dishes and split them. The menu is structured in sections with a number of smaller dishes so this works well. Some of the food is traditional, other dishes are innovative. I had understood the chef was ex PG and this was his opportunity to shine on his own. I think Gagnaire may rotate the team between his restaurants.

          1. re: PhilD

            Thanks for the feedback. Both Gaya and Senderens look like good choices. My list continues to grow... at some point very soon I have to decide where to trim. You've given me some much appreciated information.

    2. In the morning, last October, I arrived in Paris from Los Angeles. After checking into my hotel, I knew that I must stay up until bedtime, and also get as much daylight as I could. My thought was that Georges' terrace would be the perfect place to eat, drink and relax the afternoon away. It was, and the only off-putting thing about it was a side dish of a white something that was served with whatever I had. I asked the waiter what I was eating. He said whipped potatoes. I said it tasted like flour. It was whisked away, and replaced by a plate of haricot vert.

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      1. re: toitoi

        Sounds like a great way to get your bearings AND get your sunshine. When you're that tired, quality of the food is somewhat less important because you're not in the best condition to appreciate it. But a magnificent view can put you in the right frame of mind. I'll make note of this idea. Thanks!

      2. You may want to consider Mon Vieil Ami, on the Ile St. Louis. It is a tiny restaurant with a modern interior. The food and service are very good, and the price is quite reasonable - I think it is about 40E for the prix fixe.

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        1. Sensing fits the category of modern about as well as anyplace I can think of off the top of my head. The food when we went was not at all bad and the prices acceptable.

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          1. re: Laidback

            Sensing is a new name to me. From the website, it looks interesting. You say the food was "not at all bad." Not exactly a glowing recommendation. Can you elaborate? Thanks!

          2. I just posted about this in more detail on another thread, but the two places I liked most on my recent trip also had the most modern interiors--Mon Vieil Ami and Atelier Maitre Albert.

            FWIW, a Parisienne friend of mine joined us for my birthday dinner at Mon Vieil Ami and she really liked it--she confided later that she wasn't sure about the choice when I proposed it because of her impression of everything on Ile St Louis being very touristy but she thought it was very good.