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Paris for lunch - help needed!

jamesrdown Sep 17, 2008 12:50 AM

My girlfriend and I will be in Paris for a few days in October. Whilst there we have the option of lunch at one of the following places. Does anyone know what they're like in terms of quality/price etc? Are any of them Michelin starred?

Carre des feuillants


Les Ambassadeurs

Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire

L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon


  1. hill food Sep 17, 2008 02:40 AM

    I can't answer your question, but it's really difficult to find a bad meal in Paris. relax.

    even a random cafe is....

    1. souphie Sep 17, 2008 03:19 AM

      They have been discussed at length in this forum. La Table de JR has the best value with a 55eur meal including wine, coffee, cheese, water -- everything. All the restaurants you mention have two Michelin stars except Gagnaire who has three. I encourage you to read through the forums and excellent blogs such as www.Julotlespinceaux.com to have a better idea about what might suit you best. Also use www.viamichelin.com for finding out opening times, prices and of course Michelin stars.

      I would strongly disagree that it's difficult to find a bad meal in Paris. In fact, I think it is rather difficult to find a good one.

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      1. re: souphie
        hill food Sep 18, 2008 12:07 AM

        Souphie - you are so jaded! (meant in a teasing way - try being sent on business to some places I and friends have been)

        good is a relative assertion and it can mean so many things. I have had some less than good meals in Paris. But in random selection, I've had far better luck with the simplest of choices there than in many other cities.

        Excellent, maybe not. Michelin, none (yet).

        1. re: souphie
          ccferg Sep 23, 2008 03:11 PM

          souphie, I'm so glad you said that about bad meals in Paris. I visited Paris four or five times before I had what I called a great meal -- or even one that is as good as I can cook at home. The idea that you can stop at any "random cafe" and get great food is a myth. I think I'm now better at decoding menus -- and I also rely a lot on recommendations from this board and friends rather than stopping at places that look "cute." I guess I'm also willing to spend a bit more than I was when I was younger.

          1. re: ccferg
            hill food Sep 23, 2008 08:16 PM

            shouldn't "avoid cute" always be a mantra and a standard?

            1. re: hill food
              Delucacheesemonger Sep 24, 2008 12:07 AM

              Agree with Souphie, far easier to get a bad one in Paris than most other huge cities. Would guess over time at 25 percent really good meals, even this week was 2 good out of 3 and the 2 good were my old time favorites.
              But back to topic, the places you list range from about 60€ to 160e for lunch.
              A huge range, of those l would do Atelier, fresh ,interesting, and always very friendly; Even Grand Vefour at 85€ would be fun, as stunning to look at and real true great service

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