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Hi

I had posted earlier that I would put my list of needs and wants for Paris together and get your help. It was suggested that I try to stay positive, and I didn’t want to whine about being ill, but I am. I’m not on the mend, but determined to go and have fun.

We will arrive in Paris on November 23 and depart on November 29, having 6 full days and nights in the city.

We are staying in a small apartment on rue de Grenelle, near Blvd. St Germain. We don’t usually mind going out of our way for dinner, but for this trip, keeping closer to home might be easier for me.

The purpose of the trip is to escape, to see a lot of art, and to eat good food.

I had mentioned earlier that I didn‘t want to deal with reservations that are hard to get. I’m sticking with that. I’m ready to reserve all our meals, with the help of our rental agency, but I don’t want to stress over any of it.

There are some dishes that I would love to have while in Paris. I will list some of my favorites and Paris “best dishes” to help give an idea of what I’m looking for.

Things that I love are chocolate mousse, profiteroles, and most things that are made from darkly rich chocolate. A great chocolate dessert that I enjoyed in Paris was a chocolate slice at Maitre Albert. This was fantastic, but a skimpy serving.

We like potatoes and one of the best dishes I had on our visit two years ago was a small jar of whipped sweet potatoes at Chez L’ami Jean. Sadly the rest of the meal was not memorable, and we were seated with two men who really wanted to make friends. I did not enjoy sharing my dinner with them, thus CLAJ is not on my list.

Also missing is Les Papilles, because I don’t like not have any choice in what to eat.

Love cheese. Best cheese plate I’ve had was at Le Grand Vefour. A nice cheese plate or cheese service is always a favorite of mine.

We also really foie gras, including as an ingredient. We’ve had a soup with a foie gras hunk served in it, and it was delicious.

I like steak. My husband likes fish. We both like lamb and pork. We both like oysters and would love some garlicky escargot. We love good bread.

Wine is not an issue; I don’t drink and my husband will order a glass or two.

I am dreaming of rich comforting food. I don’t mind small spaces, but I would rather not be too cramped. Pleasant service would be a comfort, too.

We have been to Bistrot Paul Bert and thought it was nothing special.

Been twice to Fish – La Boissonnerie, and won’t go back.

I didn’t love Le Gaigne.

I did like Christophe quite a bit.

We are going to several art exhibits, and because of that, we want to leave our days free and spend our evenings at dinner.

Our budget is about 100 euro per dinner, but that can be averaged. As I said, my husband will be drinking a glass or two of wine.

So, of course we are looking for fresh food, well prepared. Innovative is nice, but for this trip, not the most important thing.

Here are the names I’ve culled from a few months of reading and note taking. For anyone still reading, I would love feedback, keeping my criteria in mind.

Le Florimond
Le Tastevin
Le Reminet

Restaurant L’Ardoise
Spring Restaurant

Le Tir Bouchon
Le Chardenoux des Près

Le Cristal de Sel

Le Petit Verdot

Les Fines Gueules
Vivant
Café des Musees

Regelade St Honore
Violon d’Ingres (I presume this is above 100 euro )
Le Bistro des Gastronomes
Lilane
Casse Noix

I realize this is a lot to read. Anyone that has made it thus far, I hope I’ve been clear and I hope you will help me find 6 nice dinners.

Thanks
Debbie

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  1. First, how brilliant of you to look for distraction from your current miseries in Paris! I can't think of a better place. I know that as soon as my feet touch the moving walkway at Charles de Gaulle I feel 25 years younger and as many pounds lighter. Thank you for giving us so much information about your preferences and your past experiences as well as a fine list of target restaurants.

    So, where will you find these soothing dining experiences you seek?

    If you enjoyed Christophe in the past, I would place it first on the list.

    Maceo and La Regalade St. Honore should fit your bill as should Les Fines Geuelles.

    Spring and Le Violin d'Ingres should suit you but might stretch your spending limit. Also, Spring begs your distaste for difficult reservations.

    Basically, I would avoid crowded bistrots (Cafe des Musees, Casse Noix) and wine bars (Vivant) because of probable noise, cramped seating and possibly intrusive "neighbors".

    Others on your list may well suit you but I haven't recent experience with them. That said, it strikes me that Le Chardenoux des Pres might be pleasant for your first evening since it is close to your apartment. You can check out the interior and menu here to see if it looks like your kind of place. http://www.restaurantlechardenouxdesp...

    In all events, you are wise to plan now. We wish you a joyous stay and a week full of cheerful memories.

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    1. re: mangeur

      It's hard and maybe unnecessary to add to mangeur's fine response, but I'll echo best wishes and mention one more litte place that's quite near your apartment, in a very homey style (but the tables are pretty close together): Au Bon Saint- Pourçain. It's a place for comfort food: marinated leeks, rabbit with tarragon in aspic, chicken in a tarragon cream sauce, blanquette de veau, and a pretty good tarte tatin (tho it leaned too much toward applesauce). 10 bis, rue Servandoni, tel. 01.43.54.93.63. (Note: Cash only.) In any event, here's another wish for "a joyous stay and a week full of cheerful memories." -- Jake

      1. re: Jake Dear

        Mangeur and Jake say it all.
        I also want to remind the OP that not only is Spring usually difficult to get a resrvation, but it also has no choice. If the OP has a problem with Les Papilles because of that, Spring will have the same issue.

        1. re: Parigi

          Thanks all so much. I wasn't aware of no choice at Spring so I will knock it off the list.

          Does anyone how approximately how much a dinner for two at Violon d'Ingres, without wine, might be?

          All the help is much appreciated. I know the people here do good deeds all the time, and please count this as another.

          1. re: debkurt

            Violon d'Ingres
            I remember lunch menu around 50 euro. Dinner dégustation menu is double that, or even a little more.
            You belong to a minority on this board who spells the restaurant name correctly. :-)

            And please report back. We are looking forward to knowing how your experience turns out.

            Lastly, is the thread below the same as this one?
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8148...
            If so, you may want to ask the mods to merge them, so that neither you nor other posters would be confused about which one to reply to.

            1. re: Parigi

              Yes, Parigi, I will ask the mods to merge the threads. I guess I did that in a stupid fog, because I don't even remember. Sigh...

            2. re: debkurt

              We had dinner at Violon d'Ingres in May. The menu, which we didn't have, was 80€.

              We both had a salad starter (about 15), fish for the main course (36 and 39) and dessert (13). Without wine, our bill for two was about 130€.

              Of the 12 plats on the carte, eight were 34 - 39 euros.

              We also dined at two other places on your list: La Regalade St Honore, which we thoroughly enjoyed, and Le Reminet, which didn't live up to expectations. (However, if you decide on Le Reminet, there is a nice discount if you reserve through LaFourchette.)

      2. debkurt,
        The mods did not merge the threads. They just closed the other one.
        I don't want you to lose these excellent replies in your "fog", so I copied them here:

        This magnum opus from Mangeur:

        "First, how brilliant of you to look for distraction from your current miseries in Paris! I can't think of a better place. I know that as soon as my feet touch the moving walkway at Charles de Gaulle I feel 25 years younger and as many pounds lighter. Thank you for giving us so much information about your preferences and your past experiences as well as a fine list of target restaurants.

        So, where will you find these soothing dining experiences you seek?

        If you enjoyed Christophe in the past, I would place it first on the list.

        Maceo and La Regalade St. Honore should fit your bill as should Les Fines Geuelles.

        Spring and Le Violin d'Ingres should suit you but might stretch your spending limit. Also, Spring begs your distaste for difficult reservations.

        Basically, I would avoid crowded bistrots (Cafe des Musees, Casse Noix) and wine bars (Vivant) because of probable noise, cramped seating and possibly intrusive "neighbors".

        Others on your list may well suit you but I haven't recent experience with them. That said, it strikes me that Le Chardenoux des Pres might be pleasant for your first evening since it is close to your apartment. You can check out the interior and menu here to see if it looks like your kind of place. http://www.restaurantlechardenouxdesp...

        In all events, you are wise to plan now. We wish you a joyous stay and a week full of cheerful memories."

        From Jake Dear:
        "It's hard and maybe unnecessary to add to mangeur's good response, but I'll echo her best wishes, and mention another small place (albeit maybe a bit cramped) very near your apartment, behind St Sulpice, "Au Bon Saint- Pourçain." It's a location for comfort food -- marinated leeks, rabbit with tarragon in aspic, chicken in a tarragon cream sauce, blanquette de veau, and a pretty good tarte tatin (tho it leaned too much toward applesauce for us), and reasonably priced Irancy. (Note: Cash only.) 10 bis, rue Servandoni, tel. 01.40.46.79.00. I suspect you can get a res by simply walking by the day before. -- Jake"

        From DaisyM
        "+1 Au Bon Saint Pourcain. It is a comfy little place and we love it. The chicken with tarragon is just wonderful. Best wishes for a wonderful, stress free trip. Since you enjoy dessert, I hope you make it to Gerard Mulot, which is close by.. Just looking in the window of the shop will make you smile. The pastries are just as delicious as they are beautiful."

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        1. re: Parigi

          Unfortunately our software doesn't allow us to merge threads. Thank you for copying the information for debkurt.

          1. re: Parigi

            Thank you, Parigi, for doing that for me. I appreciate it very much.

            1. re: debkurt

              Unfortunately your budget restraints would not allow you to go to l'Ami Louis. Insofar as your food likes, their potatoes(potato cake & fries), escargots, foie gras, beef(cote de boeuf) and lamb are among, if not the very best to be found anywhere.

          2. Definitely try Huiteries Regis for oysters - We just came back from Paris and did up a review of the different restaurants we tried.