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Jan 4, 2012 03:02 PM

Paris 4 Nights: L'Ami Jean, Chez Dumonet, Le Reminet, Dome du Marais - Opinions??

We will be in Paris for 4 nights in early February. Currently we are booked at Chez L'Ami Jean, Chez
Dumonet, Le Reminet and Dome du Marais (Sun. eve after the opera). I'm always conflicted because Paris offers such a wealth of options. The only one of these at which we have dined before
is L'Ami Jean - we found it to be a lot of fun with good food and want to do that again. What do you
Chowhounders think of my other choices? I'm very open to suggestions. Thank you in advance.

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    1. re: jmk38

      I actually wrote a reply pointing out that I thought Le Réminet seemed relatively weak compared to the rest.
      But I don't know what kind of criteria you use to choose your restaurants. Location? Price? Setting? Or just food? Your post had no such info. So I could not advise well and decided to delete my reply.
      The others must feel the same.
      Could you give us more info, to help us help you?

      1. re: Parigi

        Food is our chief criterion, though we don't want to travel terribly far out (we will be staying in
        the 7th), as we prefer to walk everywhere. Setting is somewhat important, though we are
        not looking for restaurants that all are sedate, quiet, romantic. We also are not looking
        for "break the bank" meals.
        Would Violin d'Ingres be a better substitute for Le Reminet?
        Is Dome du Marais a good post-Opera choice for Sun. evening?
        I hope this helps.
        Thank you again.

        1. re: jmk38

          "Would Violin d'Ingres be a better substitute for Le Reminet?"

          You must have used the search function and seen that recent reviews are notso hotso, rightt?

          From a good part of the 7th, you can easily walk to Aux Fins Gourmets, on bld St Germain. But now your list is strictly traditional (but good). -- nothing wrong with that. :-)
          Sunday evening you are lucky to find any place, yes Dome du Marais good choice. Backup Café des Musées.

          1. re: Parigi

            Thank you for those suggestions - it sounds as though you think all of our dinners will seem the same. What would you suggest for variety?

            1. re: jmk38

              The problem with the more modern bistros - Septime, Saturne, Rino, to name 3 inexpensive modern bistros, - is that they are not near you. Not walking distance any way.
              What about all the modern bistros you found recommended on this board?

              1. re: Parigi

                do you mean places such as Ze Kitchen, Frenchie, Septime?

                1. re: jmk38

                  Yes. But I would personally not include Ze and the single-note cuisine of aigre-doux;

                2. re: Parigi

                  Saturne,, to name inexpensive modern bistros.

                  Interesting, last time there meal was 60 euros, wine pairings were 45 euros, thus with coffee, cheese ( should not be missed there ) and a little tip, brought to 120/pp. IMHO, that is far away from inexpensive. l think this shows that France even with the decent current exchange rate is quite pricey. Ate at Chartier for the first time yesterday. Place was bustling, looked great. Food was inexpensive for Paris standards and mostly was not very good. But when all was said and done it cost 30 euros for a mediocre lunch. For that price, $ 44 , in the states l could eat pretty well in most cities, and in major ones with the 20.12 lunch specials, would come in at the same price point. Forgive my ravings

                  1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                    I agree - plus, my opportunities to dine in Paris are rare treats and I don't want to
                    squander them!

      2. Since your staying in the 7th, I would add Le Florimond to your list..

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        1. re: Beach Chick

          I have scheduled Friday dinner at Chez L'Ami Jean, Monday dinner at Josephine Chez Dumonet.
          We will have post-opera dinner Sunday probably at either Cafe des Musees or Dome du Marais.
          Need to figure out Sat. dinner - we have never eaten at a Christian Constant restaurant - would Violon d'Ingres be a good choice? Les Papilles can take us for Friday lunch (may be too much with dinner that night at CAJ) or Sat. dinner on the early side. Aux Fins Gourmets for Sat. dinner is a possibility. Thoughts? other ideas? thank you

          1. re: jmk38

            " Les Papilles can take us for Friday lunch (may be too much with dinner that night at CAJ) or Sat. dinner on the early side. Aux Fins Gourmets for Sat. dinner is a possibility."

            Whoa, too much and too much.
            All your picks are fine. The pacing is getting too hectic. Either you add a few more days to your stay, or borrow someone else's stomach. :-)
            On any given day, if you are going to CAJ (preferably lunch which is more leisurely), best not to have another meal.
            And Les Papilles and Aux Fins Gourmets in one day is agin overdose. I'd prefer Aux Fins Gourmets.