Foodie looking for a special dinner on a bugdet
I will be visiting Paris for the first time in July, and I am looking for an excellent restaurant for two that will not break the bank (no more that 30 euros per person, and we don't drink). I have been trying to do some research to find the best possible restaurants for my criteria, but I am getting a little overwhelmed by the choices. We are staying near the Louve, but not restricted to that area.
Thanks in advance!
The following are places I would recommend (the prices are usually for a 2 or 3-course meal or prix fixe ”menu”) and then what I paid for that at lunch plus wine and coffee at my last meal; numbers are theoretically from 0-10 but in practice from -1 to 8.5.:
7.0 Frenchie, 5, rue du Nil in the 2nd, 01 40 39 96 19, closed weekends, “menus” at lunch at 16 for 2 dishes and 19 € for three - dinner menus for 27 or 33 €. (Bill = 31.20) Currently nigh impossible to get a rez.
6.8 Le P'tit Caillou, 2 rue Maleville in the 8th, 01.45.63.20.87, closed weekends and Monday nights, with lunch formulas at 22 (2 courses) and 25 (for 3), a la carte 41-51 E (Bill = 47.50 E)
6.5 Le Charbon Rouge, 25, rue Marbeuf in the 8th, 01.40.70.09.99, open 7/7 with a plat du jour at 15, forced, 3-course menu at 23,50 (salmon) and a la carte about 40-50 E (Bill = 43.30 E)
6.5 L'Agrume, 15, rue des Fosses Saint-Marcel in the 5th, 01.43.31.86.48, closed Sunday and Monday night, with a daily special costing 11, lunch formula at 16 and a la carte 35 (Bill = 30 E)
6.4 Chez Grenouille, 52, rue Blanche in the 9th, 01.42.81.34.07, closed Saturday lunch and Sundays, lunch menus at 15 and 25 and a 40 E carte. (Bill = 49.25 E)
6.2 Le Marcab, 225, rue de Vaugirard in the 15th, 01.43.06.51.66, open 7/7, has a confusing set of menus for 16, 25 and 35 € (Bill = 34.70 E)
6.0 Le Reminet, 3, rue des Grands-Degres in the 5th, 01.44.07.04.24, now open 7/7, lunch menu 14 € except weekends, a la carte 40-50 €, (Bill = 38.50 E)
5.8 Aux Provinces, 37, rue Cambronne in the 15th, 01.47.34.62.27, closed Saturday lunch and bottles of wine for a most reasonable price plus 8 E corkage, two dishes are 18 and three 24 E (Bill = 40 E)
5.8 Les Petits Plats, 39, rue des Plantes in the 14th, 01.45.42.50.52, closed Sundays, lunch formula 15 and evening 32, a la carte 25-35 € (Bill = 31.50 E)
5.8 Le Restaurant, 42-44 rue d'Assas in the 6th, 01.45.44.44.44, closed Saturday lunch and Sunday night, has a lunch menu at 18 and a la carte 30-35 €. (Bill = 43 E)
5.8 Le Bouchon et l'Assiette, 127, rue Cardinet in the 17th, closed Sunday and Mondays, has a 3-course "menu" at 33 E on weekdays but three courses anytime are only 36 E anyway. (Bill = 39 E)
5.5 Le Gaigne, 12, rue Pecquay in the 4th, 01.44.59.86.72, closed Tuesday, menus are 16 and 22 and wines begin at 14 €. (Bill = 42 €)
5.5 La Gazzetta, coordinates well-known, in the 12th, 5 courses for 38 and 7 for 50 € (16 and 19 € at lunch) (Bill = 35.75 E)
5.5 L'Alchimie, 34, rue Letellier in the 15th, 01.45.75.55.95, closed Sundays and Mondays, menus 23 and 28, a la carte 35 E (Bill = 40.50 E)
re: John Talbott
That's weird, I posted the above after reading in/on Bruno Verjus's blog that he was closed weekends now instead of Monday-Tuesday. [(A compter de ce lundi, Greg Marchand ouvre désormais son Frenchie les lundis et mardis … en revanche fermeture le week-end – samedis et dimanches).] Lesson: call.
It's much easier to stay within that budget without the wine...so I think you've got some good possibilities out there.
I think Frenchie is a great choice for price/quality combo. (although I think their menus might be 35?? In fact it seems like there are a fair number of menus around Paris at the 35 mark, so if you're willing to bump it up just a bit, you might even have more choice)
Table d'Eugene is another I like for a good price/quality combo.
Another couple that people either seem to fall into the 'love it or hate camp' on, but do have really reasonably priced menus are Cheri Bibi & Mon Oncle.
I think the menus at Jadis are around 30 (again - probably a couple of Euros more) I like their food a lot but they are a bit out of the way.
those are just a few suggestions to get you started - there are lots of knowledgeable foodies on here, so I'm sure they will chime in with even more ideas.