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Apr 7, 2010 11:35 AM

Paris eating itinerary - comments?

I and my group of chefs are arriving late Saturday afternoon for about five days. After much perusing of the boards and great recs from the local food gurus, I've landed on the following itinerary. Thanks again to Mr. Talbot, Souphie and PhilD.

Saturday – Dinner at La Petite Chaise
Sunday – Market Day: Raspail for gallettes, then Bastille for paella (via Christian Constant ice cream); Dinner??
Monday – Taillevent for lunch; Dinner????
Tuesday – Class (inc. breakfast and lunch) at Le Cordon Bleu; Dinner at Les Papilles
Wednesday – Chez L’amis Jean for lunch; Le Grande Cascade for farewell dinner

Most breakfasts will likely be at the hotel.

I'm missing two dinners, though. One on Sunday and one on Monday. I live in San Francisco so I'm steering clear of ethnic cuisine for this trip. Going mostly after French traditional fare, in the Euro 30-60 range, but am willing to experiment. My two splurges are Taillevent and LGC. Staying in the Quartier Latin.

Any diner recommendations to round out my experience?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Do I get another vote? I'm not sure that's democratic.
    If so I'll weigh in on La Petite Chaise (ie why?, because of age?), Sunday and Monday dinners.

    John from Tuscany.

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    1. re: John Talbott

      John you can vote as many times as you'd like, my friend.

      Yes, LPC mostly for the novelty of dining in the oldest restaurant. Is it bad?

      Are you in Siena?

      1. re: tom in sf

        My take from April 2008 (back in Florence):
        4.2 A La Petite Chaise, 36, rue de Grenelle in the 7th,, open 7/7. My architectural historian friend Guio and I had a 2 PM rendezvous at the Maison de Verre and so both of inquired about and I walked around places in the immediately vicinity.

        Oddly enough, Paris’s oldest (1680) restaurant was in none of the guides except the Zagat which implied that it served French comfort food to annoying American tourists. Well, comfort food it may be, but there was no English being spoken, indeed the downstairs room was full of French geezers, so we fit right in.

        We both had the 3-course, 32 € menu (the 23 € one gives one 2 courses, 1 glass of wine and coffee). He started with grated celery that was not over-mayo’d with two types of ham; I had a salad nicely dressed with 4 leeks and proscuitto – both good product and production. Then Guio had the salmon unilaterale which came with a ton of vegetables and I had the joue de boeuf in an intense dark black sauce with potatoes that wasn’t the best I’ve ever had but neither was it the worst.

        Finally both of us had the special dessert of the day a banana entremet with dark chocolate sauce that was very good. Our bill (with 2 coffees included, plus ½ bottle of Bordeaux but no bottled water) was 78 €.

        Go? If in the same circumstance, yes!.

    2. Sunday dinner at La Rotisserie du Beaujolais -- call them from your hotel just before dinner so they start your beef chop, you lamb shoulder or your roast chicken. And have an ile flottante for dessert. L'Auberge Bressane is an alternative -- soufflé au fromage, crêpes suzettes, poulet aux morilles: a France of old cookbooks.

      Monday dinner at Joséphine, of course. Drink a cheap old Sauternes, don't miss the foie gras and have one of the wonderful gigantic desserts -- millefeuille, paris-toulouse, tarte fine aux pommes.

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      1. re: souphie

        Joséphine is closed on Saturday, right?

        1. re: michaelstl



          This is a useful and quite accurate site for finding out about weekly closures, closest metro stop, price range, etc..