Debating the last night in Paris
My boyfriend and I will be in Paris next week, and I have 3 of 4 dinners reserved, but now I'm torn about what to do for the 4th night. Here's the list so far:
Tues - Les Papilles
Wed - La Regalade
Thurs - Chez L'Ami Jean
On the one hand, I feel like we might not want to be too pre-scheduled before we leave in case we happen upon something while we're there and want the flexibility. But on the other hand, that 4th night is a Friday and I'm guessing will be the most difficult night to get a last minute dinner reservation or walk-in. If I do decide on making a reservation now, I'm also met with the conundrum of where we should eat on our last night in Paris. I thought of Bofinger, or Christophe, or Le Ferrandaise, if, of course, we can even get a table at one of those. Any suggestions? The list above should hopefully give the experienced Paris eaters some insight into the kind of place we're looking for. Casual, moderately priced, great food, but nothing fancy.
Finally, my understanding is that the no reservation Brasserie side of Le Comptoir du Relais is for both lunch and dinner. Is this correct? Could we have a shot of eating dinner there if we get there at the very beginning of service, or is this strictly a lunchtime thing?
I just emailed my hotel to see if they could secure me a reservation for Josephine Chez Dumonet. After reading tons of reviews, I don't Bofinger will satisfy on our last night. I love a beautiful setting, but the food has to be top priority.
If Dumonet is not available, I think I will try La Ferrandaise.
Le Comptoir is reservation only for dinner Monday thru Friday (it is a single restaurant that has morphs between styles). Try calling/dropping in to reserve on the day they often have slots.
You have quite a strong list. I would caution against going "downmarket" with Relais de l'Entrecote. Try "Itineraies" (http://travel.nytimes.com/2009/01/18/...), I hear is is now really good (after a shaky start 12 months ago), and a bit more modern than Regalade and l'Ami Jean
I second PhilD's recommendation of Itineraires. We had a wonderful and totally delightful meal there in March. The cote de veau was amazing. And I would definitely stay away from Bofinger unless you are sure to get a table downstairs. Upstairs is miserable...true feeling of Siberia.
I live in London and have traveled to Paris three or four times a year . . . and I "third" the recommendation of Itineraires. I just ate there for the second time in the past six months, and the food and service were even better than I remembered. As for Le Comptoir, I've had lunch there three times now, and each visit has been worse than the last. I can't speak to dinners there, but I won't be re-visiting. See my recent blog post for more details: http://rwapplewannabe.wordpress.com/2...
I have always thought that the last dinner, before the dreary, all day flight home to reality, should be a decompression/fun experience. So I would opt for a brasserie, or the three souffle prix-fixe at Souffle. If you chose Souffle, you won't be hungry for some time.