Paris- Saturday night dinner in mid May
This will be my second trip to Paris and I'm interested in some suggestions for dinner for my wife and I on a Saturday night. I read this board every day so I'm very familiar with many of the common recommendations, but I thought I'd seek out some ideas. Last year we ate at La Table Eugene, La Regelade, Au Bon Accueil, Dominique Bouchet, and Le Violon D'Ingres.
I had originally planned on returning to La Table Eugene as it was our first meal in Paris on my last trip (our honeymoon) and we'll be back in Paris almost exactly on our anniversary. Unfortunately, La Table Eugene is already fully booked.
I'm looking for restaurants similar to La Table Eugene in that price is in the 30-50E range for food, atmosphere is pleasant and somewhat upscale, but not formal as we're packing very light on this trip, and that can accommodate a vegetarian (my wife).
Restaurants I'm considering:
Le Clos des Gourmets
Au Bon Accueil (we enjoyed a meal here last year, but I understand the chef left so this may not be a good option)
Chez les Anges
Any input would be appreciated.
L'Épigramme is the only one on yr list I would endorse; try some new places: l'Agrume, Petits Plats, Les Debats, Le P’tit Caillou, Chez Grenouille, Afaria, etc.
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John knows much more about food places than I do and I tend to follow his advice. You would do well to do the same. However, there is something to be said for returning to a sentimental spot, even if it is lousy now that you are older, richer and wiser. Although my friends disapprove and I now know we could do much better, we return every year to a place we love just to return to a place we love.
Au Bon Accueil is not what it used to be. Also, Chez les Anges and Au Bon Accueil have the same owner (Jacques Lacipière) so they are similar experiences food wise. Chez les Anges is definitely your first choice right now.
Clos des Gourmets is good, very good even, with a high age average.
I think hychka has a very good point; when Colette is in town we eat in old favorites (even if old means 2 months like l'Agrume) but when I'm here solo I tend to go new.
Also Soup summarized why I only endorsed l'Epigramme, the others either aren't what they used to be or are inconsistent.
Thank you for all the suggestions and thoughts. Unfortunately, I'm striking out on my restaurant plans due to the bank holiday in May (I'm there May 13-15). I've already been told Chez Ami Jean, La Bigarrade and L'Epigramme are closed on the dates I requested. Are there any good places that are likely to be open for dinner on Saturday, May 15 despite the bank holiday (budget 40-70E)?
I agree with hycka's comments. La Table Eugene was our first meal in Paris and we were treated wonderfully and had a great meal. It was a perfect way for my wife and I to relax and recover from had been a stressful day. Luckily, I'm still going to be able to stop by for lunch on my own, but it's a shame we won't be able to make it for dinner.