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Jan 15, 2012 03:53 PM

Honeymooning in Paris

Dear All,
Another honeymoon thread, but I can’t help but tap into the incredible knowledge on the board. We try and help as best we can on the UK site but the level of food knowledge here is quite astonishing.

So on the basis that flattery will get you everywhere, I would love some help for our 3 or 4 days in Paris at the start of our honeymoon in June. We will probably be staying in or near the Marais.
Day 1: dinner at Le Chateaubriand
Day 2: lunch at Septime, dinner at Verjus
Day 3: lunch at Guy Savoy, dinner at TBC

There’s no doubt that there is some scope for Saturne, Frenchie and Spring to be substituted in for the first three meals - the way it stands at the moment is my preference from reading all the reviews on here and elsewhere but reservations could dictate otherwise. Keen on any comments there.

I’ve settled on Savoy as our fayn dining lunch - mainly on the advice of this board. The reasoning is we’ve eaten at Gagnaire, Arpege lunch menu sounds like a halfway house, L’Astrance seems too hit and miss and Savoy just sounds more fun than Ledoyen. Please correct me if I’m wrong on any of that.

The TBC: For this meal I was hoping to tap into the knowledge here. I’ll whisper it, and Phil D will probably castigate me for it (and rightly so) but I am looking for somewhere where the food comes second. We would like somewhere nice, but I figure we aren’t going to be wanting to eat mountains of food after Guy Savoy. But what I’m really looking for on our last night in Paris is a beautiful venue, with stunning service (despite my far-from-fluent French) where we can sit in a dark corner with candles and drink bottles of wine from vineyards we haven’t heard of from the South-west. Somewhere as romantic as possible really.

A final question - I haven’t quite worked out the logistics but we like the idea of a hamper in a park somewhere. I have read all the market threads but there are a few shops in London like Fortnums and Beas of Bloomsbury that will hire you out a full hamper with china, champagne flutes etc and stock it with all the food and drink you need. Are there any equivalent places? I saw that Chez L’Ami Jean does takeaway but I’m guessing you can’t just take that to a park without some sort of cutlery? We may go for that on the day we leave to take on the train to Bordeaux. Any suggestions around this rather woolly plan much appreciated.

Many thanks all in advance.

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  1. MT - I think you have me wrong. I put equal weight on lots of factors as I believe a lot of the enjoyment of eating is in the mind so whilst the star should be the food without a great supporting cast of venue, service, company etc etc then stellar food can be diminished and not enjoyable and average food raised to a highly enjoyable level.

    So with this in mind how about Brasserie Thoumieux or Benoit. I have not eaten in the former but it is glam and has a good chef, and the latter I enjoy lot because it is warm and cosy with fussy service (it is Ducasse but so what). I believe both these complement your other choices.

    For the picnic Le Grande Epicerie in Bon Marche sells eco-freindly disposable picnic stuff - paper plates and wooden cutlery. Plus it is a mega food hall which is good for one stop shopping.

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    1. re: PhilD

      My comment was meant very much in jest and my apologies if it didn't read as such. I have huge respect for your opinions and reviews across the various boards we both frequent.

      Thanks very much for the suggestions, the Hotel Thoumieux (it seems they are connected) is actually on our shortlist of places to stay so I will look into that further. Benoit looks absolutely perfect though, exactly what I was looking for. Although looking again there could be some merit in switching around so that it doesn't line up with Savoy but with one of the lighter lunches.

      1. re: ManInTransit

        I would also add that the style of dining room in Paris today is not subtly lit. Rather, most are rather brightly illuminated. Perhaps our locals can suggest some with the romantic setting you are hoping for.