Week long Paris trip in May '11
My husband and I are planning a week long trip to Paris. We have rented an apartment in St. Germain and love eating food and trying new things (my husband even tried the lampredotto panino in Florence last year!).
We are arriving in Paris (from Amsterdam) on Monday afternoon in May. My plan is to have dinner/lunch at the following places. I wanted to know if my restaurant picks are good (we are in our early 30s, really love food, not into formal ambiance) and if you can suggest a few places for the days that are blank.
Monday: Dinner @ Saturne (reservation confirmed)
Tuesday: Lunch @ Chez Dumonet (reservation confirmed)
Tuesday: Dinner ? maybe in the apartment if too stuffed from lunch
Wednesday: Lunch ?
Wednesday: Dinner @ Spring (told to call them a month before for a reservation)
Thursday: Lunch @ Versailles (day trip)...looking for some ideas
Thursday: Dinner @ Les Papilles (its close to our apartment, 9:30pm reservation confirmed)
Friday: Lunch @ Josseline
Friday: Dinner @ Frenchies (confirmed reservation)
Saturday: will try to have lunch @ Les Cocottes if not too crowded
Saturday: dinner @ either Moustache or Le Timbre?
Sunday: Lunch @ La's du Fallafel
Sunday: Dinner @ La vere Volle?
I wanted to try some Tunisian/Moroccan food as well but am running out of days as we are flying back to LA on the 23rd.
Thanks for your input!
I think that is a good list, not too full on, and some good balance. Others tastes may differ but I don't see any that have poor reputations.The gaps are also good as it allows you to go with the flow, I wouldn't worry too much about Versailles, just grab a convenient sandwich and enjoy the palace.
If you want to try "galettes" this is one of the best places in Paris, IMO. It gets crowded quickly so if you can get there early (before 12:30) you shouldn't have to wait for a table. Le Petit Josselin is open on Mondays and I actually prefer it to Creperie Josselin (which is closed on Mondays). It's a place I take my younger visitors to (in their 20s) and they rave about it.
We had a very good dinner last week at Saturne.
Verdict: food great; operation not so smooth. Service nice although not always efficient.
Since we chose to sit at the counter facing the kitchen, we saw how the whole resto operated.
The kitchen was very smooth. What it produced was wonderful.
The in-between? Not so smooth.
Some patrons out in the bistro (instead of resto) section sat for a long time before a series of waiters asked each other: "Did that table get a menu?" "I thought you were supposed to give them a menu." "No, [a third waiter] was suppoed to. -- Hey, Third Waiter, did you give that table a menu?" "Say what?"
Also, dishes were sent to the wrong tables, etc. We were given the (great) crab starter twice. My pathologically honest husband just had to tell the waiter, who expressed no gratitude or apology.
I expect these are glitches to be smoothed out as the resto becomes more rôdé.
I'd love to go back again.
Next time: (1) we won't take the advice of the -though very nice - sommelier, and (2) will eat any dish wrongly sent to us twice...
And I recommend the counter seats to fellow hounds because (1) one is somewhat separated from the rather noisy room, (2) one sees to see how the kitchen works, and (3) since all the waiters pass by one, it is harder to be forgotten.
'I recommend the counter seats to fellow hounds because (1) one is somewhat separated from the rather noisy room, (2) one sees to see how the kitchen works, and (3) since all the waiters pass by one, it is harder to be forgotten.'
Words to live by! I have never had other than an incredible time eating at a restaurant's counter. There is a level of observation, of hands on service and an insider relationship with staff that can't translate to the dining room.
I'm thinking of Spring and Rino in Paris and Frances and now-defunct Chez Nous in San Francisco.
At the risk of throwing your entire schedule out of whack, I wonder if you are aware of the Versailles Eaux Musicales weekends which begin in April; I would not want you to miss this event when the incredibly stunning fountains are turned on and music plays across the grounds. There is a cafe with pretty good food in the palace, but plan on an early lunch, sells out quickly, or better yet, bring your own food. There are some okay bistros in Versailles itself, but you are not going to want to wander all the way over there and back again for lunch. There are also fetching young girls in the gardens who squeeze fresh orange juice for you for refreshment. I can't recommend these fountain weekends highly enough, it would be worth it to swap your Thursday trip out there for your Saturday. You can (and should) purchase your entry package tickets online and avoid the long lines in the morning and get through the palace before everyone else (you can book on the palace website or at fnac.fr). Whenever you go, plan a comforting meal for that evening, you are going to be exhausted from the walking and hungry as a horse.