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Sep 20, 2010 07:18 PM

4 nights in Paris for fussy eaters

I will be in Paris for four nights and so far just have a reservation at Ze Kitchen Gallerie. I have read the boards but many of the restaurants suggested seem to have "no choice" menus. That won't really fly for my wife and I as we are both somewhat fussy eaters (both because of medical reasons and plain old fussiness).

While money is not "no object" we are willing to spend to have a couple of great meals (100 E per person). Traditional French Cuisine does not appeal to me particularly but I would be open to something that is French but a little lighter. Always enjoy Asian or Asian fusion (or something with those flavours). We are staying in the 6th but are happy to cab or metro around. Neither one of us are big seafood eaters. A few suggestions that have been made are:

- Ciasa Mia
- L'Atelier de Joel R.
- P'tit Caillou
- Les Costes

I prefer a fun environment to a staid one and although I find genuinely unfriendly service to be a total bummer, being Canadian and all, I don't need anyone to be my new best friend at the end of the evening.

Hope I've answered the "Souphie questions" enough for some guidance and appreciate any responses?

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  1. What is fussiness ?? In general, go where you can choose what you eat , not to places with "surprise" or découverte menu where you cannot change items (or at places where they are not prepare to make substitution).

    I've been to one of the Costes' restaurant, Thoumieux, last christmas and found it very good, it's brasserie style eating.

    1. Yes, restaurants offer menus...but there are almost *always* choices within that offering. And every restaurant will allow you to order a la carte if you so desire. The menus are what the chef feels is particularly good that particular day.

      Don't like French food? Does that include roasted chicken, steak with fries, and beef stew?

      There's an awful lot of French food that has nothing at all to do with sauces and artful presentation.

      As for service...French waiters assume you want to be left alone to enjoy your meal and your companions. They'll check in with you on occasion to see if you need anything additional, but they largely don't speak unless spoken to (which is a wonderful thing)....but please don't misconstrue that as a lack of caring. French servers are generally quite proud of what they do (and are quite good at it)...but they don't even think about being your pal.

      Keep your mind just might find something you like.