8 Nights in Paris in early Oct - Eating Itinerary - Pls Critique!
Hi all, my friend and I will be in Paris for 8 nights(7 full days) with a mission to eat delicious food. This is my 8th time in Paris so most of my itinerary is planned aound our meals.
We want a balance of old-school classics, neo Bistros, wine bars and one or two fancy meals (don't necessary need to be super fancy as I'm taking a break from stuffy/over the top restaurants). Oh and we LOVE oysters.
Is my list below too heavy on bistro food? Wouldn't mind to include on classic brasserie - thoughts?
Here is my list so far. Your comments are greatly appreciated!
1. St. Regalade (Is the one in the 14th THAT much more superior than the Louvre location?)
2. Le Petit Chaise
3. Frenchie Wine Bar (have given up on getting a res for Frenchie the resto)
4. Les Papilles
5. Le Galopin
7. Chez Dumonet Josephine
8. L'agape substance (dinner reservation made)
Lunch for the restaurants or afternoon snacks for the wine bars
1. Cafe des Musees
2. Le Rubis
3. Les Fines Gueules
4. Bellota Bellota (we love iberico jamon)
5. Spring (lunch reservation made)
8. A La Biche au Bois
9. Les Fines Gueules
10. Le Garde Robe
11. Baron Rouge
The above doesn't include pastisseries or boulangeries...but that's for another post :-)
I wouldn't dismiss La Regalade St. H.; another poster here and I tried them head-to-head and they both have their strengths.
I'm not hot about Petit Chaise (it seems not to fit into your other likes) nor Chateaubriand but I'm an outlier when it comes to Aizpitarte. And there have been negative comments about Fines Gueules latly (not from me though).
But otherwise except for gaining 8 kilos, it looks good.
re: John Talbott
Hi John - Thanks for your comments. 2 Questins:
1. Could you elaborate more on your thoughts re: Petit Chaise? I read on David Lebovitz's blog that they do classic French spot on - c'est vrai?
2. The reason Fines Gueules is on my list is because of their steak tartare. Any recommndation on a kick-a$$ steak tartare?
re: John Talbott
Chez Denise has a great steak tartare. If you eat lunch at ALB au Bois, not only is dinner unlikely, but any other activities that day may be threatened. HEAVY!
If you are doing Bellota-Bellota l would use the one on Rue Jean Nicot not the one in Galleries Lafayette. The ham cutters in the latter are not as good at the task as the other.
l am one who likes the Regalade in the 14th.