Paris - nice but not too snooty anniversary dinner
Hey, Chowhounders, I would like to ask for your help/input. The husband and I are going to Paris in late September for our 20th anniversary, and we are looking for someplace to have a memorable dinner for the occasion. The salient points are these:
- neither of us eats red meat (but poultry and fish are fine)
- I am allergic to shellfish (but have no problem with non-shelled fish)
- we can definitely afford a nice dinner (we wouldn't be going to Paris for 2 1/2 weeks if we couldn't!), but don't want to get into the realm of 200 euros a person.
- we are big city east coasters, and have fairly refined palates
- we are into the organic/farm-to-table thing
- we aren't bringing formal clothes with us (just a few skirts for me, and probably some Dockers and a pair of black trousers for my husband)
- we dislike exemely snooty places, and would always opt for hip, or some other kind of upscale modern vibe, over a traditional/conservative kind of place
- if it's touristy, we will walk right on by
As a geographic note, we're staying in Saint Germain-des-Pres and will not have a car. We have no objection to taking the metro far and wide, though! So: is there any place in Paris that fits these parameters, or even comes close, that anyone can recommend? A million thanks in advance for any advice — I always get *great* guidance here at Chowhound!
Sorrest I wouldn't call them hip, except Pan.
Now Pan is hip and has bad food.
Le Galopin? What's so hip, or so good, about it?
Saturne? Modern yes. Hip? Off Fashion Week, it is not oppressively hip. It would be a great anniversary spot - was our anniversary spot - but it is seafood-focused, often shellfish-focused.
Le Chatomat is on a hip street, so it's hip, and the food good but not cross-town-schlep worthy, much less anniversary material.
I thought hip was all the restaurants - without name - so full that the crowds spill out and nad merge in the middle of the street with the crowds spilling out from the restaurants across the street, - again without name, - on Cour des Petites Ecuries, for example.
The only hip place that has good food that I can think of is Dans Les Landes. Saw a great fun birthday party there not long ago. But not sure about an anniversary celebration.
Each city has its own restaurant anthropology. In Paris, many hip places tend to have indifferent food AND are snooty. Food is just not their focus, not their motivation.