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Jun 3, 2012 04:03 PM

Weekend dining selections?

We will be in Paris at the end of a trip from Saturday through Monday. We have booked Le Comptoir for dinner on Monday but am having a difficult time with the weekend dates. I keep thinking of Chez L'Ami Jean. We have been for both dinner and lunch and prefer lunch. Since we arrive in Paris too late for lunch on Saturday we are left with dinner and I am not sure we want to do that. I could be convinced though. ;)

Through my wanderings through Chowhound and Paris by Mouth and any place else that writes about Paris restaurants I have tentatively decided on:

Table d'Eugene for Saturday evening
Les Fines Gueules for Sunday evening.

Any strong objections? TIA

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  1. Les Fines Gueules
    Nice but not destination dining like La Table d'Eugene.
    I'd replace LFG with Dans Les Landes.

    If you put Paris in your message title, you may get more pertinent replies. Besides, non-Parisians have complained, perhaps rightly, about the Paris hegemony on this forum.

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    1. re: Parigi

      I had considered Dans Les Landes but the only place I can find hours is on Paris by Mouth and they say it is closed on Sunday. Is that incorrect?

      1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

        "Paris By Moth" was right, at the time.
        Recently Jock, who, like Laidback, also said they liked Semilla, also reported that Dans Les Landes had started to be open on Sunday too.

        1. re: Parigi

          Ref: Semilla a couple of mentions but no real detail on the board yet.

          1. re: Parigi

            Parigi is right, as usual :)

            I just called Dans les Landes to confirm and they are indeed now open on Sundays. I've also just updated their page on Paris by Mouth (

            1. re: meg_zimbeck

              Thanks for updating. I rely heavily on Paris by Mouth for information. Keep up the good work.

        2. I would have Semilla on my list - open 7 days a week for dinner.

          Really surprised that there are no reviews here yet, it is the new place from the boys at Fish but they have upped the ante in the kitchen ( not that Matt wasn't good). All the usual suspects are giving it top reviews including Le Fooding.

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          1. re: PhilD

            Semilla sounds interesting. Since it is near our hotel it is a definite possibility. We have enjoyed Fish over the years.

            1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

              Ms. L. and I lunched at Semilla May 2nd and were quite pleased. The menu changes very often, the server said that that evenings menu was not even set at the time. When we were there the price was €19 for a no choice entree composed of 3 tiny items and a main course that consisted of 3 choices; a choice of 3 desserts was an additional €8. As mentioned, there is no exterior signage and the address is shared by about 3 other doors, but knowing it was basically across the street from "Fish" made it easy to find. The interior is modern with an open kitchen, exposed ducting and brick with a railing dividing the room into 2 areas.

              The appetizer consisted of a cup of cold pistou soup, a sliver of toast with a few cubes of tomato and a dollop of chevre with aromatics. Ms. L. chose the Hampe steak with ratte potatoes and slivers of artichokes served with a red wine reduction. My main was salmon unilaterale with lemon marmalade and a fennel salad. Both mains were exemplary renditions, but we were left unimpressed with the skimpy appetizer. Our desserts were a strawberry sable and a round brownie covered with guanaja with preserved cumquats sprinkled with streusel...took me longer to describe them than to eat them...both just fine.

              We would definitely return for this quality at such an affordable price...not for those of us with gargantuan appetites unless we plan on another meal in the evening.

              1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

                I pushed the post button before I added the other photos, so here they are...hopefully!

            2. I actually find Saturday much more problematic than Sunday. Like all good parisiens, I tend to stick close to home rather than brave the Saturday night hordes of tourists and suburbanites. But Sunday is a lovely day for hanging out and eating out. And so many choices for a fab Sunday night meal. In addition to other recs, Chardenoux des Prés on the rue Dragon in the 6th, Terroir Parisien in the 5th, Mini-Palais at the Grand Palais, A la Marguerite (run by Les Fines Gueules folks) on the rue Berger in Les Halles, La Cantine du Troquet Dupleix on the bd Grenelle, etc etc. It's almost "ams tram gram"/ eeny meeny miney moe when choosing where to eat on Sunday night..

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              1. re: Parnassien

                Whenever I think I have make my decisions someone comes up with another bunch of places that we don't have enough time in Paris to try. Thanks for confusing the issue so well.

                1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

                  Actually, I love Parnassien's asides. They are always filled with less heralded spots that are worth consideration. And, yes, some have caused me to make changes in our planned bookings. I keep telling myself, "It's just dinner!"

                  1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

                    AGM: Bof. (Shrug). I didn't realize that there's only one right answer among the 100s of excellent choices for Sunday. But tell ya what, put all the options in a hat and pick one. Problem solved. Paris is a city perfect for such fortuitous whimsy and little adventures. Too much planning and predictability gets in the way of enjoyment, no?

                    And Mangeur. i like your sides too :)

                    1. re: Parnassien

                      Sorry that my teasing was taken as a complaint. I consider researching for a trip a way of extending the joy. We make reservations in advance and have changed them where we other options have appeared. Traditionally we have been very bad at picking a place without doing research so do our due diligence. I really appreciate your suggestions since they take us off the beaten path.

                      1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

                        Too late. My feelings are hurt. Deeply hurt. But if you take me to dinner at Lilane on your next longer trip, i might feel better. (Oops, my tongue is stuck in my cheek.) :)

                        1. re: Parnassien

                          There you go again. Another insolite address.

                          1. re: Parnassien

                            We would love to meet some of the Parisian Chowhounds. Hopefully we will be back in Paris next March or maybe May.

                  2. Td'E is excellent. LFG is most definitely NOT! Search LFG for my comments.

                    Love DLL and Semilla was also great.