Les Papilles , Chez J. Dumonet, L'Ami Jean or ??? for a Solo Dinner?
I will be in Paris in a few days for a week or so. I have already booked a few places, including La Regalade St. Honore and Chez L'Ami Jean (pending). I am looking to add a couple of more really good casual, reasonably good value places. I have been to the original La Regalade multiple times and love it; I also like L'Ami Jean, though I am hesitant to go there solo - not sure how enjoyable the crowding might be as a a solo diner. Also, I remember reading here that they have changed their menu, or that they no longer offer their great menu deal?
Any thoughts on Les Papilles or Josephine Chez Dumonet, particularly in terms of being a solo diner? What about Passage 53? Any interesting one-stars or new places to recommend? (i tried to book Yam T'cha, but they are closed during my trip.)
Thanks for the help.
I wouldn't worry about flying solo at L'Ami Jean. I would think that the "crowding" would bring you into conversation with adjacent tables, resulting in your not really dining solo.
And certainly the bar seating at Les Papilles is perfect for solos. I'd do it in a heartbeat.
Chez l'Ami Jean, indeed Jégo has been trying to get rid of the 30-ish euro menu, and exercise where he is not at his best and has to make all sorts of compromise on ingredients and recipes to comply with the requirements of the genre. Instead he pushes forward a tasting menu, which is kinda "all you can eat" and totally depends on his mood and inspiration and the market. At 60€ for the tasting menu, it's the price of some courses at Joséphine, and it's probably better, if definitely less comfortable and charming.
That said, Jégo quickly backed down on suppressing the lunch menu, and he may be forced to do the same for dinner (I don't know, I leave the eating out at night to the well-off and the youth).