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Somewhere good for early dinner

dietndesire Feb 26, 2009 05:53 AM

I planned on going to either Christophe or Laserre for a dinner with someone else but they only start serving at 7pm from what I see and due to the other party's time constraints, I think 6/6:30 would be a better fit. Of course, if they admit that the event at will start an hour late then my issue would be resolved but nonetheless.
I would like somewhere recommended on the quality of food, first and foremost(I don't care to wast meals at random, subpar joints), open for dinner at this time.
Casual or a bit more refined, not too picky but I will be quite full from lunch and the whole meal time is possibly limited to 1.5 hours so no grand tastings, 3 stars and such.
As for location, I think counterparty will be going back to 1eme so 20 min max cab ride to there? I am not sure of this so please give me your selections with location as a last concern.

Also, this is a dinner for mid-week if that matters.

I realize that perhaps people do not know all their favorite restaurant opening times but if so, this would be useful to me. I usually dine later so am not used to having such a constraint and I know of the brasseries but am not so excited about those. If I am mistaken to write them off so hastily please let me know.

I hope the question is clear and thank you in advance.

  1. PhilD Feb 26, 2009 09:15 AM

    To be honest you will be lucky to fine a good bistro/restaurant that starts that early, and be warned the pace will pick up slowly as people settle in so the first service won't be rapid. Most Parisians eat later and that is what restaurants gear up for.

    Best bet is a brasserie because they do serve all day. Near the 1eme you could try Vaudaville, an historic location/brasserie with all the Parisian trappings but very patchy food.

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      jock Feb 26, 2009 02:27 PM

      A few really good places in the first that will serve that early. In addition to Vaudville, Willi's, Juveniles and Grand Colbert all come to mind.

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      1. re: jock
        ChefJune Feb 27, 2009 05:55 AM

        How can you mention "really good" and Grand Colbert in the same sentence? Probably the worst food I have ever had in Paris. ;(

        1. re: ChefJune
          amrx Feb 27, 2009 08:17 AM

          I completely agree. Decor is the only thing it has going for it.

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        dietndesire Feb 27, 2009 07:07 PM

        PhilD, given that you have no suggestions, I am thinking I was mostly correct in assuming there is not much choice.
        You know far more than I and thus, a lost cause.
        I have come up with something that should be OK so no worries.
        I am not so interested in trying anything labled as having "patchy" food.
        Rubbish stays in the receptacle or someone else can have it.

        Did not think very much of Willi's and it seems Grand Colbert is somewhere to avoid like the plague.

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        1. re: dietndesire
          Cookingthebooks Feb 28, 2009 12:55 AM

          Was just reading in Le Fig that Helene Darroze is offering an afternoon tea special -- perhaps that could be an idea? 22 euros for sandwiches and patisseries, accompanied by tea. You could go even earlier, around 4.30-5pm, and then eat dinner after your event? The restaurant is in the 6th, so the location would work for you.

        2. Delucacheesemonger Feb 28, 2009 03:25 AM

          LHuiterie, tiny oyster bar at Mabillon metro stop, cute, fairly priced and wonderful oysters if that works for you. Very east pre-dinner snack.

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            Oakglen Feb 28, 2009 05:30 AM

            The bar at the Meurice ha a nice menu of small dishes: quite pricey, I admit, but the turkey club sandwich is a favorite. The other **** plus hotels in the 1st probably have similar offerings. And taxis are always plentiful on rue Castiglione.

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              dietndesire Feb 28, 2009 10:24 AM

              Thanks to Cookingdabooks, Deluca and Oakglen.
              Good recs even if I wind up going somewhere else.

              Are all the big boy hotel bars open for food that early diner or all day?

              Usually, as I said, I eat much later so I never really paid much attention.

              Although, honestly, I got a bit of the business for sending some people to Le Meurice.

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              1. re: dietndesire
                Oakglen Feb 28, 2009 12:34 PM

                The hotel bar/cafes in the 1st & 8th get a lot of trade from international business travelers who are generally jet lagged, sometimes to the extreme; so they tend to serve straight through the day & evening. I was one of them, though now happily retired from that business world.

              2. John Talbott Dec 1, 2009 07:12 AM

                A place that really crept in under the radar screen of the print guys (except Rubin) in April, where two of us ate today and had a super meal is (6.7) Le 122: Bistrot d'Hier et Aujourd'hui, 122, rue de Grenelle in the 7th (right among the Ministerial palaces),, closed weekends. It's open for an "afterwork apero-dinatore" from 6:30-10 PM except Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. It didn't dawn on me until after I'd left to write down its offerings but my recollection is thay are very acceptable for an early meal.

                John Talbott

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