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Apr 8, 2011 04:04 PM

Looking for Suggestions for B-Day DInner

I am looking for suggestions in selecting a French restaurant for a special B-Day for my wife next Saturday. We will be staying near the Saint Germain des Pres metro stop. Some place close by would be nice, but we are willing to take a taxi or the metro if need be. My budget is between 150-250 euros ($250-$325). I have a 6 year old daughter who will be with us. She is used to eating out, but we don’t want to end up at a place that is too stuffy or formal where we feel completely out of place with a child. Even though we will have a child with us my priority is taking my wife out for a nice quintessential Parisian dining experience. Unfortunately, we do not speak French, so a place where the staff is helpful in making suggestions would be nice. We are looking to dine at a place that has great French food and ambiance where locals would eat. We would like to avoid places that are overly touristy. Based on the research I have done so far I am considering La Petite Chase, La Ferme Saint Simon, and Chez Josephine Dumonet. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. You are staying in Tourist Central, so forget about dining with locals. Petit Zinc and Le Temps Perdu are just fine and reasonable. Personally, I would chose brasserie Balzar, but that seems to be a no-no on this board. Everyone speaks English in this area.

    1. Back on my pulpet, we love Les Papilles which is a 15 minute walk from St. Germain, a few blocks south of the east side of Luxembourg Gardens. There is a no choice menu which brings a lovely soup, large pot of protein (which varies from sliced rack of lamb, duck breast, lamb shanks, pork breast, cod...), a small composed cheese course and, finally, an exquisite panna cotta with seasonal garnish. Bertrand Bley, your host, is adorable, hospitable and extraoridinarily generous. 31 euros for these 4 courses.