please weigh in on these possibilities
5 nights in Paris, wanting to try places we haven't been, mixing old & new, looking both for great cooking and fun atmosphere. I'd welcome opinions on:
Bistrot Lorette (why is this not in the Zagat or mentioned except on tripadvisor)?
Le Hide Koba's Bistro
Rest. du Marche
Le Temps au Temps
I went to L'Epigramme in February and truly enjoyed it. It's a tiny little restaurant between St Germain and St Michel run by husband and wife team. I was there with a group of girlfriends and the staff could not have been more lovely to us. Food was excellent - I had a foie gras starter that was served with a gorgeous currant jam, followed by the lamb saddle which was done to that perfect pink color. Dessert was a rice pudding flavored with orange water - delicious and delicate, but ended up having plate envy with my friend's molten chocolate cake. Prices were very reasonable (although foie gras and lamb were supplements to the menu). I think with (lots) of wine, we paid about 60 euros each.
I have heard mixed reviews for this place, but my experience was great and I would certainly go back and recommend to others.
"Bistrot Lorette (why is this not in the Zagat or mentioned except on tripadvisor)?"
Quite good food in a neighborhoodly bistro. Maybe that's why. If you're not there, you probably won't go cross town for it, although it is not out of the way by any means. And the Zagat folks do not find themselves there.
<and mainly American? Hence they don't get to neighbourhood restaurants.>
Absolutely! I wouldn't have known Le Belisaire if not for my friends at LCB (around the corner). And many other neighborhood places I've learned of right here.
That's also true of New York, though. Tourists don't tend to go to our favorite neighborhood restos. They follow the crowds (and the chowhound recs) to the temples of haute cuisine (or else, sadly, to the horrendous chains that proliferate in Times Square).