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May 8, 2011 03:50 PM

Paris in July

As a Tokyo resident and foodie I am fast discovering that when it comes to Paris, I'm a fish out of water. It is my first trip to Paris and I am in dire need of some local knowledge and guidance.

My mother and I will be in Paris (staying in the 15eme) for the last week of July, and are looking for dining experiences that will suit our modest budget. Through searches on these boards and various food blogs I have started to compile a wish list:

La Regalade
Chez L'Ami Jean
Aux Lyonnaise
Les Bistrot du Dome
L'Ecailler du Bistrot
Le Casse Noix (special thanks to M. Talbott for his reviews).

However, I only eat fish (no red meat or chicken), so I need places where I can be assured of menu options, while not limiting my mother. Am I completely off course with my picks?

I would be most grateful for any feedback, advice or recommendations you can pass onto me.

Best wishes from Nippon.

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  1. There are many threads on this topic, too many. Your first three on the list are completely off course, without meat and poultry, depending on day you might do well, you more likely will not. Your second bunch seem fine for your dietary choice, esp #4 and #5. For example, at CLAJ last week had a five course menu before dessert, two would have worked for you, two would not and one might have had bacon in the seafood prep, so not sure.

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    1. re: Delucacheesemonger

      Oh, a familiar name from the Japan boards! Thank you so much for your reply. I sensed that I must have posted a too often asked enquiry - please forgive my ignorance, but after a solid week of research I found myself overwhelmed.

      I will book Le Bistrot du Dome & L'Ecailler immediately. I will also book at Le Duc, after stumbling across a French/Japanese menu - phew, the relief of being able to read the fish names.

      Once again, thank you for your feedback.

      1. re: wekabeka

        You might look at Le Divellec as well. Huitrerie Regis is oysters alone, but very good ones. Le
        Duc has the best butter l have ever eaten. l would avoid sushi here, find many levels below US west coast, which is a few levels below Tsukiji.

        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

          Yes, I looked at Le Divellec, then saw the prices, sighed and moved on.

          I would prefer to avoid sushi in Paris, too. I'm currently working on an English language tour of Tsukiji, so have been going there twice a week for the last month. You would be amazed at the effect the daishinsai has had - I was virtually the only foreigner there. No line outside Sushi Daiwa, and only 8 outside Sushi Dai - at lunch! As you can imagine I have been taking full advantage of market downturn.

          1. re: wekabeka

            Sad, but a little joy can come out of disaster

    2. Assuming you are interested in places that are walkable from where you are staying, please give us the nearest metro or other info. FYI, the closer you are to Montparnasse, the more seafood oriented restaurants will be found. Either way, you should have no big problems.

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      1. re: Oakglen

        We are staying on the Rue de l'Abbe Groult, with Commerce as our nearest Metro station. I have been looking at Montparnasse options on Paris by Mouth, and wondering if it is worth adding Rotonde for a brasserie experience. Also, I really don't want to give up on CLJ, so am thinking that I may be okay with the a la carte menu. No?

        1. re: wekabeka

          I for myself love La Rotonde. And it's open 7/7 with continuous service. Perfect also for people watching.

          1. re: wekabeka

            Two restaurants that are nearby are L'Armandie (mainly seafood) and Le Cristal de Sel. And yes, La Rotonde would be a fine choice; several fish plates plus the usual shellfish platters.

            1. re: Oakglen

              Dodo and Oakglen, thanks so much for your feedback. I've got some solid leads now.

              I've settled on:

              L'Escailler du Bistrot
              Bistrot du Dome
              Le Duc
              La Rotonde
              Afaria or La Cabane a Huitres - for a light meal and drinks, if we are too tired to cook at our apartment.
              Chez L'Ami Jean - still want to take the dietary gamble with this, though I suspect I may be eating with a lot of other English speakers.
              Frenchie - The owner of our apartment's suggestion. I was hesitant at first (see the comment for CLJ), but figured, if he is generous enough to make the call, then why not?
              A home cooked meal at our apartment - Mum will always be my favourite chef after all.

              Thank you to all who have given me advise. I appreciate your guidance.