Last Night in Paris Dilemma
I've been abroad in Paris for the past semester and have eaten at a fare number of fancy restaurants. For my last night I want to try somewhere new and interesting and really really good. Currently I have reservations at Saturne and Caius for my final night. Which should I choose? Also open to other places in the same price range (under 70 a person). To give you an idea of what I like, my favorite restaurants in Paris have been Le Chatomat, Septime, and Vivant. Septime is the front runner, but maybe just because the sweetbreads there were actually heaven.
You're my kind of guy. Your favourites are also among my favourites. If your mood fits in with Modern European, Saturne is your place. But at dinner, your 70 € ceiling would probably be breached unless you forgo wine. And this would be a shame because the wines are half the act of the excellent show here. Personally I much prefer Saturne at lunch when it's buzzier and cheaper.
Caius, I adore. It's more French in atmosphere but the sensational cooking is always creative and precise. With a 42 € prix fixe with no supplements, it's one of the great values for this level of cooking in Paris. The menu changes so often that it's impossible to suggest what might the best dish but I've never had a stinker yet.
Le Cotte Roti, great value (30 € prix fixe) if you're prudent with your wines but the level and style of cooking (updated trad) just can't compare to Caius or Saturne. Its location, on the very buzzy rue de Cotte, is an added bonus.
Psst, Caius Caius Caius. :)
l am a big fan of Saturne, cannot compare as not been to your other two spots.Their menu was 75 euros last time in December, not including beverage, which are super or the additional cost comte which must be ordered it is so good. l find the seats at the bar, while a great view, uncomfortable and to close to the wine service. If you sit on the Notre Dame D Victoires side of the room, found not very noisy even with my decreasing hearing. While the menu has no choices and l am very menu driven, l let myself go here and have not had a bad thing in 4 trips, perhaps lucky so far.
Food-wise Saturne may offer you something different from, and better than, the restaurants you listed as liking.
Compared to your listed restos, I thought Saturne had more ambitious construction, but also backed up by better delivery.
I have not been to Chatomat recently. Unless it has changed, it is much more traditional than Saturne. I also thought its forte was the service&setting. In comparison, Saturne has one big room with bad acoustics, which is one of the reasons why I always go for the counter seating.
Have not been to Caïus.