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Solo lunch dining at either Le Grand Vefour or Le Cinq?

vlfrance Jul 27, 2012 08:59 AM

I am trying to decide whether to make a reservation for Le Cinq or Le Grand Vefour in a couple of weeks. While I know for certain I will treated impeccably as a solo female in either place, and I have no anxiety about solo dining, I am interested in Chowhounder input: which do you think would be my best choice?

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    vlfrance Jul 30, 2012 09:28 AM

    Yes, August trips are always a challenge for me because of annual closings. While I decided to choose LGV based on comments, I might have to "settle" for Le Cinq! LGV next time. Thank you all for your input.

    1. Parnassien Jul 29, 2012 11:20 AM

      But oops, when exactly? Le Grand Véf is closed until 28 Aug. Bummer!

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      1. re: Parnassien
        PBSF Jul 29, 2012 09:09 PM

        I guess it is moot if the date is August. What has happened to Le Cinq on this board? has it fallen below LGV. Parnassien puts it beautifully though I am neither an inner "duchesse" or diva. If I were dining alone, I would choose LGV; it is more intimate and cozy.

      2. Delucacheesemonger Jul 29, 2012 11:16 AM

        While l eat at Le Cinq every trip to Paris, the experience at Le Grand Vefour always makes me smile, especially when walking through the Palais-Royale. Don't miss it and it's obscenely great cheese course, LGV you will never forget.

        1. Parnassien Jul 29, 2012 10:37 AM

          If you have an inner "duchesse", she'd enjoy le Grand Véfour. Inner diva? Le Cinq. Or you can flip a coin.

          Actually, Le Cinq is probably the better-- and longer-- gastronomique experience but Le Grand Véfour has such cultural and historical flavour that, in my opinion, it's the better overall experience.

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          1. re: Parnassien
            Parigi Jul 29, 2012 10:53 AM

            I also vote for le Gran Véfour. It is not the nirvana in food, but every time I dine there, - and it's not everyday, - it feels like an attainment. One should Véfour up at least once.

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