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Nov 20, 2010 08:39 AM

Best Value Lunch in Paris?

I will be in Paris on Monday (just for the day) and I'm looking to spend less than $60 on lunch. Unfortunately, my top choices (Frenchie and Le Chateaubriand) are closed. Is there a similar alternative with a great value pre-fixe (or reduced price a la carte)? In terms of location, I will be around Notre Dame, the Grand Palais, and Montparnasse (so anything within a 15 minute cab ride would be great).

Thanks for the rec's

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  1. Of course, "Monday" is the qualifying word in your request.

    If you pay attention to your order, order half portions and/or split your order, Chez Dumonet is a possibility.

    With less stress, you should easily get by nicely at Jadis.

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    1. re: mangeur

      Sorry, Mangeur, bzzzz, wrong answer.
      Ze Kitchen Galerie, open Monday, one star (altho' it has not gone to his head), easy $60.
      See you there - I'm the old white-bearded guy with the two vigorous friends who actually speak French.

      1. re: John Talbott

        Jadis has one star and doesn't put ginger and/or lemongrass in everything... ;)

        1. re: mangeur

          Gilles Choukroun's MBC is open on Mondays, too.

            1. re: Laidback

              I think it's my bad. I was sure that I saw its name in the new 2010 list, but can't confirm it on the net. It is still a very sound kitchen and dining room that reflects the best of past and current French cooking. I'd choose it in a heartbeat. But that's my conservative bent kicking in.

              1. re: mangeur

                Jadis does not have a star but does have one knife and fork and a smiley (Bib) face.

      2. What about "Minipalais" which is in the Grand Palais?

        Éric Frechon's new place that is getting good reviews. Not certain it has a set menu but the ALC looks like you could fit it in the budget.

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        1. re: PhilD

          Unfortunately, I can no longer recommend it without hesitation - but as always, my and my wife and my friend's experiences that day may have been on an off day.

        2. 45€ doesn't strike me as Joséphine budget.

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          1. re: souphie

            Not even close. agreed. Even without any wine.

          2. La Truffiere in the 5eme has an excellent and inexpensive lunch. 28 Euro for lunch.

            Place Monge Metro Station

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            1. re: samlev

              La Truffière is closed on Mondays according to their website. I had their inexpensive lunch menu once and wasn't very impressed, although it wasn't bad, either.