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Sunday Dinner in Paris

cjthekid Apr 6, 2010 11:48 AM


I'm going to Paris for a wedding in mid-May and unfortunately only have one evening to eat at a fabulous restaurant. Most unfortunately that night is a Sunday. After researching these boards I've come up empty at both Gagnaire and L'Astrance and several other highly recommended places for dinner.

The folks at amex who were helping me have recommended some of the following:

Le Cafe de La Paix
Le Bristol
Le Jules Verne
Marius et Janette

I wanted to get some feed back on those choices and see if anybody had any other great recommendations for a no-holds barred dinner (my uncle has graciously agreed to foot the bill)

We're staying in Saint Germain but are not restricted to that neighborhood. We are having lunch at Le Cinq so would like to preferably go somewhere different in feel.

Thank you very much in advance.

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    Maximilien RE: cjthekid Apr 6, 2010 12:43 PM

    I'd go to Senderens.


    1. PhilD RE: cjthekid Apr 6, 2010 01:44 PM

      If you are already eating lunch at Le Cinq on Sunday why the need for another big meal in a fabulous restaurant? Le Cinq is in itself fabulous. I would look for a contrast in terms of both ambiance and style of food, the ones on your list are quite similar.

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        cjthekid RE: PhilD Apr 6, 2010 02:09 PM

        Lunch is on Saturday. Sunday is our only free day in Paris...was hoping to cap it off with a great dinner.

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          Oakglen RE: cjthekid Apr 6, 2010 02:35 PM

          PhilD is quite right, after Le Cinq, the other starred places open on Sunday (over a dozen) may not provide much of a contrast. Except perhaps for Il Vino (one star), where the emphasis is on wine.

      2. John Talbott RE: cjthekid Apr 6, 2010 02:55 PM

        Le Bristol hands-down

        John Talbott's Paris

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          souphie RE: John Talbott Apr 6, 2010 09:37 PM

          Yep. Or La Grande Cascade.

          What's wrong with Pierre Gagnaire? He's the star of sundays nights and a contrast to Le Cinq.

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            John Talbott RE: souphie Apr 7, 2010 12:01 AM

            Soup has a good point if price and size of your stomach are not at issue.

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              shortstop RE: souphie Apr 7, 2010 04:42 AM

              <<What's wrong with Pierre Gagnaire? >> Only that deliciousness is not guaranteed.

              However, since it's not a choice between Le Cinq and Gagnaire, that Gagnaire's in addition to, it fits the"no-holds barred" criteria and if nothing else will be an interesting 3* dining experience.

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                cjthekid RE: shortstop Apr 7, 2010 07:12 AM

                The major problem, and I forgot to clearly articulate this...everything is CLOSED on Sundays. I would have loved to have gone to Gagnaire but they don't seem to like to feed people on Sundays. So I'm looking for the best meal I can get in Paris on Sunday.

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                  Weather RE: cjthekid Apr 7, 2010 07:35 AM

                  Umm.... according to his website, Gagnaire is open Sunday evenings for dinner. The restaurant is closed all day Saturday and lunch on Sundays.

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                    cjthekid RE: Weather Apr 7, 2010 07:38 AM

                    That's right, Gagnaire was closed for vacation. The others are closed on sundays.

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                    souphie RE: cjthekid Apr 7, 2010 08:19 AM

                    I think we clearly got that sundat was the main issue, which is why we recommended places that are open on sunday nights: Le Cinq, le Bristol, La Grande Cascade, Pierre Gagnaire... As Dr. T suggests, Le Cinq or Gagnaire are hardly compatible with another meal the same day.

                    As for deliciousness, it is alas never guaranteed. But I can guarantee that Gagnaire will be suprising and overwhelming one way or the other.

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                      cjthekid RE: souphie Apr 7, 2010 08:29 AM

                      Thanks. I think with Le Cinq for lunch on Saturday, we may do Il Vino for Dinner Sunday. It looks modern and different.

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                        John Talbott RE: cjthekid Apr 7, 2010 02:50 PM

                        Humm, OK.
                        But as Soup says "....Pierre Gagnaire? He's the star of sundays nights....."

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                          cjthekid RE: John Talbott Apr 8, 2010 07:29 AM

                          That was my first choice. Sadly, they are closed for a staff holiday. Thanks for all the advice. I really appreciate it.

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