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October in Paris...help!

We have 5 nights. We will be traveling with our 2 sons both in their 20's. We are not looking for fine Michelin dining. We want 1 or 2 traditonal bistros.
After doing my research my choices are:
Les Papilles
Septime
CAJ ( we have been many times)
Frenchie ( if we can get in)
La Relegade
Le Comptor du Relais ( if we can get in)

We want 1 asian fusion or Japanese. We were thinking of Guilo Guilo? Recommendations needed please.
We also thought of Cafe Janou and Cafe de Musees

Help in selecting my 5 would be greatly appreciated!!

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  1. FWIW, my adult son was so taken by his meal at La Table d'Eugene that he begged to return. We canceled our reservation at Frenchie and booked Eugene for the following Saturday. Just one guy's opinion.

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    1. re: mangeur

      thank you i will look into it. One son is a huge foodie, the other will only eat steak, frites. I have my work cut out for me!

    2. "Les Papilles
      Septime
      CAJ ( we have been many times)
      Frenchie ( if we can get in)
      La Relegade
      Le Comptor du Relais ( if we can get in)

      We want 1 asian fusion or Japanese. We were thinking of Guilo Guilo? Recommendations needed please.
      We also thought of Cafe Janou and Cafe de Musees"

      9 restaurants! That is a lot of restaurants for 5 days. Are you and your sons plan to eat separately? Or is this a wish list?

      I'd definitely eliminate chez Janou
      Les Papilles would not be my short list either.
      CAJ will be hitting its game (gibier) stride in October. Do leave room and skip a meal before and after the debauchery.
      You mean a Régalade, not Relegade, and you want to go to the old one, not the St Honoré one.
      I vote for La Table d'Eugène too. I also would cancel on Frenchie and opt for La Table d'Eugène and Saturne. None of the 3 restos have steak-frites. Forget the steak-frite enthusiast. He can also have steak frites back home. One should enjoy finer things in Paris. Or tell him to get a triple protein dose chez l'Ami Jean.
      Guilo Guilo, the last time I went, was very inventive Japanese, but I would not call it fusion. Or maybe it's Japanese-Japanese fusion. :-) No steak frites there.

      Lastly, if you are truly epicureans (sorriest I hate the word foodie), then do no more than 5 major meals, or you start enjoying your food less instead of more.

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      1. re: Parigi

        Thank you! Yes this was my wish list after reading different blogs. We will only go to 5. You think Saturne not Septine?
        Thank you for pointing out the difference of a Regalade. That could have been a disaster! ;-/

        1. re: macigirl

          Well, not disaster. You won't get food poisoning. :-)

          1. re: Parigi

            Ok so The list so far:
            CAJ
            Regalade
            Guilo Guilo ( the steak frites kid will eat Japanese)
            La Table d' eugene
            Septime ( steak frites kid can't do septurne because it' has no choices... Correct?)

            Are these casual fun restaurants?

            1. re: macigirl

              I wouldn't call Guilo Guilo , La Table d' eugene, Septime fun.
              They are not boring. But they may not be considered fun.
              Fun is subjective. For me, discovery is always fun.

              1. re: Parigi

                I agree whole heartedly! Now onto Berlin... By chance do you know Berlin?

              2. re: macigirl

                Saturne, which IMHO is miles above Septime ( not everyone's opinion l know ) has no choices, true. Septime has no choices other than protein and never steak. Will admit Septime is less 'cool' and 'hip' and room is comfortable at both. Neither are fun as Parigi says but a most interesting experience.

                1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                  Thank you. I am thrilled that both of you gave me your opinions. Septurne it is. My picky son will be fine. I want him to break out!

                  1. re: macigirl

                    It would be nice to be able to go to Septurne, that would mean you could benefit from both places at the same time.

                    Unlike DCM, I believe Septime is miles above Saturne.
                    Sorry for adding to the confusion...

        2. IMHO, wouldn't recommend asian food in Paris

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          1. re: annabanana77

            "Asian" is not a food culture.
            However, there are some excellent Laotian and Vietnamese restaurants in Paris, and a few excellent Chinese restaurants (whose number is increasing by the way).

            Do not look for good Thai food (Thai Central I mean, we do have good isaan food through the Laotian places) or Indian food.

          2. at the risk of adding even more choices and confusion, there are some fab fusion (of varying degrees) restos like Kei, Sola, Yam'tcha, Toyo

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