8 arr. Dinner Suggestions
My husband and I will be in Paris for four days mid week in early April staying at the Hotel California near the Champs Elysee at 16 Rue de Berri. We love to walk to and from dinner and are looking for suggestions. Our priorities would be good value for the money whatever the price, romance, and hospitality. When we last visited (15 years ago!) our most memorable meal was at Carre des Feuillants, although we also enjoyed Violon de I'ngres and L'Astor. Tan Dinh ws also great, but since we are in Paris for so short a visit this time, we want to focus on French cuisine. Lunch suggestions would also be appreciated, although I doubt we can manage two large meals in one day.
Thank you very much in advance. My husband will be celebrating his birthday while we are there and I would love to treat him to a wonderful experience.
Outside of lunches at Le Cinq and Ledoyen, good value for the money and 8th arrdt are essentially contradictory. Le Carré des Feuillants is stll around. L'Astor from fifteen years ago is now at l'Atelier de Joel Robuchon. Le Violon d'Ingres has become more casual but I don't think the food is less good or the service less professional.
The theme I see in the places you visited fifteen years ago is that they were "hot" at the time. Today, the center of gravity probably moved east, and you want to visit places that are more in the news, you could consider Spring, Rino, Septime, Vivant or the new Mandarin Oriental with Thierry Marx at the helm. When it comes to fine dining, maybe La Grande Cascade or les Ambassadeurs, and there's always Guy Savoy and Pierre Gagnaire. I suppose l'Arpège would be considered ZE restaurant in town right now, in the high end category.
Thanks for the lunch recommendation. Honestly, most of our trips these past several years have been cruises, and I doubt you are interested in the food on a cruise ship. We really weren't. It's been 15 years since I have been to Paris so my reviews of the restaurants I mentioned are a little out of date. With your help I hope to visit some great spots in April and promise to review them all, but, right now, I got nuthin' for you. Sorry.