A Couple of Paris Dinning Questions
Long time lurker, first time poster. My friend and I are taking a trip to Europe next month and we will be staying in Paris on July 21 and 22. We're both pretty big food lovers and I'm always the one who researches restaurants in New York City (where we're from) so I was tasked with picking restaurants for this trip. I've been doing my best to try to get my head around the restaurant scene but there are so many choices and so much history involved that I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. I'm thinking we'd like to do a good lunch and dinner, both on the same day (our only full day in Paris is the 22nd). I've come up with a few restaurant choices for lunch and dinner and I was wondering if you could comment on them or suggest new ones.
For dinner I think our budget would be about 150 euro per person or less (without drinks, since we probably won't drink much at dinner) and we'd like to do a tasting menu. I think we would like to do something a little more modern and interesting. As such, the places I had singled out were Passage 53, Senderens, L'Altelier de Joel Robuchon, and Les Tablettes.
For Lunch I was thinking we could do something a little more classic and probably a la carte, since we won't want to spend so much time eating in the middle of the day. The places I had seen are Benoit, Laurent, and Le Regalade St-Honore. As for price I'd like to keep it below 50 euro per person.
Just for your knowledge our hotel is the Bassano, near the Champs-Elysees. Thanks so much for the help!
I'm a big fan of Passage 53. I will be having dinner there on the 20th of July. For me, I like to have only one important meal during the day so that I can appreciate its complexity to the fullest. Also, of course, there is no where like Paris for excellent baguettes, great butter, fabulous vieux comte and lovely pastries, so a modest selection of a few of these is much lunch. I detour to my favorite venues, in between art and architecture for these treats, and then by 9pm, I am eager to enjoy an excellent dinner.