Help Needed Please re:Le Bigarrade & other choices in 2 weeks
I've been having a lot of fun reading and revising my choices for dining in Paris from 4/20-4/27. I had gotten dinner reservations for Le Bigarrade for dinner on 4/22 but just read Meg Zimbeck's review and have some concern---price has gone up to 85E which is high for my friend and myself---and---while quite willing to splurge, what she wrote did not sound inviting!
Here is what else I have for dinners or lunches:
Josephine "Chez Dumonet"
possibly Breizh Cafe and L'au Falafel---been before and are close to our apartment
possibly Cafe des Musees and Le Pamphlet which are also close
I'd really appreciate some advice. With all the fantastic choices in Paris, I'm really wondering if I should stick with Le Bigarrade or go somewhere else, especially some place that would be a compliment to the other places already reserved (L'Epigramme for example......). Loved Le Gaigne and Chez L'Ami Jean last time but would like oto try new places this trip.....thanks!
Bigarrade is now 85E per person for the gourmand dinner that was 65E before the second star......I'm really not sure it is worth that to me......John, thanks for your comments on the choices so far. I loved La Gazzetta on my last trip so thought I would give Rino a go this time. What do you think about replacing Bigarrade with Le Epigramme....or, is ther another place you'd pop in that space (I think I would make someone very happy with my cancellation!)...
Thanks shortstop--I think I also had seen your brief comment too which raised my antennae about the choice. I am traveling with a friend who has never been to Paris so I am doing all the planning so I am especially want to have good choices.
My personal reactions:
Chez Denise - why not?
Rech - great
Rino - I don't love it like everyone else seems to
L'Agrume - wonderful
Jadis - interesting
Josephine "Chez Dumonet" - why not?
Breizh Cafe and L'au Falafel--- low cost options
Cafe des Musees OK
Le Pamphlet - not to my taste
L'Epigramme - fine
Bigarrade is 85 E for how many people at what hour? My oh my.
John Talbott's Paris
I have not yet read Meg's review nor have had a chance to post a full one here, but I was disappointed in my recent lunch at Bigarrade based on all I had read prior. (as well as having tasted a dish of his at an event in NYC that was quite delicious.) The flavors did not come together for me in a way that was particularly tasty. I prefer flavors that run toward the more intense side of the spectrum and these are on the lighter side. Lunch was fish/seafood centric with only one meat course. And similar to the situation recounted in Food Snob's review of Pierre Gagnaire, one of the servers could not describe the dishes at all, which given Pelé's unique combinations of ingredients, took away from the experience for me. Further, the wine service was haphazard and the dessert service rushed. On the plus side, it was a fair amount of food for 45€.
How I know I really enjoyed a restaurant is I find myself thinking about when I can go back. Though Pelé is certainly turning out some interesting dishes and I'm glad I experienced Bigarrade, returning hasn't crossed my mind.