Sunday dinner in Paris
I'll be in Paris next Sunday and have discovered most of the better known places are closed. I'd very much appreciate any suggestions for very, very good food. I'm not necessarily looking for a big name or fancy place, but I have very high food expectations.
It depends. The OP said they had "high food expectations" so to accurately reply to the post you would discount the lower/cheap end of the market.
Thus IMO the entry level is Chez l'Ami Jean, Le Regalade etc then €75 pp for dinner is probably about right, then as Souphie says mid would then be €150/200 pp and top is probably somewhere north of €400 pp.
I know it is quite a contentious statement to discount the lower/cheaper end of the market as many people find this end of Paris dining to be either far better than what is available in their home town or is far better than they are used to eating when they generally eat out. But in reality these are the sorts of prices you will pay to truly fulfil high food expectations in Paris - it is a very expensive city with few food bargains i.e. if it is cheap there is a good reason.
Plafield, I have no idea. Now I am going to research that place, maybe go?
From what I gather, they're polar opposites -- Garance is in bobo central and has thai spices and modern cooking. L'Auberge Bressane (as you can see from my gallery at picasaweb.google.fr/zejulot) is in regular bourgeois central and cooks crepes suzettes, poulet aux morilles, ris de veau à la crème...
Fine dining: La Grande Cascade, le Cinq (Briffard is there for dinner, not lunch), le Bristol. La Tour d'Argent is open -- no idea yet how good it actually is. I need to wait until Delucacheesemonger comes in town so we can go together.
Mid-range (150/200pp) and legendary chefs : La Table de Joel Robuchon, Senderens,
Great food for less: Ramsay's Véranda in Versailles, Christophe on rue Descartes.
La Rotisserie du Beaujolais for rotisserie, Joséphine (rue du Cherche-midi) for hyper classical and generous, brasserie.
Fish (rue de Seine) has great wines (and an open on sundays wine store nearby) and very good fresh simple food.
And in Chinatown -- Likafo, Asia Palace, Pho 14