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3 day paris meal plan: comments, suggestions or revisions appreciated

To cap off our 40 days in France, we will be in paris for 3 days (will try to review all 37 days covering provence, vaucluse, aveyron, tarn, aude, pays basque, landes, gers, lot, dordogne, and gironde when we finish).

We currently have planned the following:

Saturday Dinner: Septime (something a bit more modern and upscal; other suggestions appreciated)
Sunday Lunch: Benoit (locked in due to need go to a Ducasse place for personal reasons)
Sunday Dinner: still looking for good options. Prefer something more far flung under 75 euros a person that might not get normally mentioned here.
Monday Lunch: Au Biche a Bois (for game; mostly likely 1 course given the dinner planned)
Monday Dinner: CJD (for classics; would consider something else like Aux Crus de Bourgogne)

Comments on the above, suggestions for alternatives are appreciated. Will be sure to report back.

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  1. "Sunday Dinner: still looking for good options. Prefer something more far flung under 75 euros a person that might not get normally mentioned here."
    Axuria in the 15th; very good, not stratopheric, no mentions here.

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    1. re: John Talbott

      actually there was a little spate of Axuria posts here:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/850076
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/843264
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/849212

      1. re: Parnassien

        Those were before I rejoined CH; sorry.

    2. Septime is closed on Saturdays.

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      1. re: Nancy S.

        Indeed. Updated. Looking for suggestions for Saturday and Sunday night

        Saturday Dinner: Looking for game. CLAJ, Le Comptoir,? Other less well known options?
        Sunday Lunch: Benoit (locked in due to need go to a Ducasse place for personal reasons)
        Sunday Dinner: still looking for good options. Prefer something more far flung under 75 euros a person that might not get normally mentioned here.
        Monday Lunch: CJD (for classics; would consider something else like Aux Crus de Bourgogne)
        Monday Dinner: Septime

        1. re: tigerjohn

          By "CJD" I'm guessing you are referring to Josephine, Chez Dumonet? If you go there for lunch, you will not be likely to be hungry for a "regular" dinner. Or any dinner at all! Two big meals a day in Paris definitely defines Overkill. Unless you are a tight end on a football team or a 16-year-old boy with a hollow leg. ;)

          1. re: ChefJune

            We are aware of this. It's our last day in France and we are planning our usual 10 miles of walking in between lunch and a 9:30 reservation for dinner. Hoping it works out ok.

      2. Revised Schedule:

        Saturday Lunch: Philou (for game)
        Saturday Dinner: Chez L'Ami Jean
        Sunday Lunch: Benoit (locked in due to need go to a Ducasse place for personal reasons)
        Sunday Dinner: still looking for good options. Prefer something more far flung under 75 euros a person that might not get normally mentioned here.
        Monday Lunch: JCD
        Monday Dinner: Septime

        Suggestions for Sunday night appreciated. We know this is a lot of eating. We will have to rely on our standard 10-15 mile walks and late dining times to manage.

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        1. re: tigerjohn

          The number of restaurants open Sunday night is very much limited. If in addition you want a restaurant not mentioned here - which of course will fall into the "mentioned here" category as soon as make the recommendation any way, - it is even more direly slim picking. Is this condition set in stone?

          And it is indeed a lot of eating for such a short time. I usually walk, not 15 minutes, but about half an hour to possibly an hour after a nice dinner, and I still can't follow an eating regimen like yours, yikes. But if you think it is more important to eat in a larger number of restaurants than to enjoy them, you must know best. You Saturday eating marathon is especially impressive. Never mind Sunday dinner, I would not even be able to undergo Benoît. But bravo to your tiger appetite.

          1. re: Parigi

            I think we will take your advice and skip Sunday dinner. Also thinking of skipping Chez L'Ami Jean and substituting Table d'Eugene or something similar for Saturday night.

            1. re: Parigi

              He says 15 miles not minutes - when I do that much walking lots of food is not an issue! - although Paris really isn't that big so you Tiger will see lots of things more than once....!

            2. re: tigerjohn

              First, I second all that Parigi wrote. But if you insist on two meals on Sunday, Chatomat seems to fit your price and radar requirements.

              1. re: tigerjohn

                I don't quite agree that Sunday is dire. Certainly most of the usual places in the narrow Chowhound circuit are shuttered but there are hundreds of other interesting options. And, if I had just spent 37 days in the provinces, I think I'd appreciate the parisien trendiness/ style of Chatomat in the 20th, Restaurant Pierre-Sang Boyer in the 11th, Derrière in the 3rd, Mini-Palais in the 8th, Chardenoux des Prés in the 6th, or Terroir Parisien in the 5th.

                1. re: tigerjohn

                  "Suggestions for Sunday night appreciated. We know this is a lot of eating. We will have to rely on our standard 10-15 mile walks and late dining times to manage."
                  Auxuria, as was mentioned Pierre Sand Boyer and Terroir Parisien, light enough to withstand a second meal that day.

                  1. re: John Talbott

                    I agree with John, don't skip the Sunday dinner just choose a light option as he suggests. It may be intense eating but it Is only three days so go for it. I would also keep CLJ, and if you don't want to eat a lot choose light food - my wife does and I pig out. It works.

                    1. re: PhilD

                      I am thinking we might go to CLJ (dropping Philou) and order off of the menu instead of doing the tasting as suggested here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/869642. I expect there will be some game dishes available.

                      Can one order of the menu at lunch? Is the carte the same as at dinner?

                      1. re: tigerjohn

                        I haven't been since the rentree but I think CLJ has it over Philou by 1.5 cm and come on, you can do it, order what you want; they'll figure it out.

                        1. re: John Talbott

                          It's settled then. CLJ for lunch and Tables d'Eugene for dinner. Will come back with a full report in November.

                          Thanks to everyone for their suggestions.

                          Saturday Lunch: Chez L'Ami Jean
                          Saturday Dinner: Table d'Eugene
                          Sunday Lunch: Benoit (locked in due to need go to a Ducasse place for personal reasons)
                          Sunday Dinner: Breizh Cafe
                          Monday Lunch: JCD
                          Monday Dinner: Septime

                          1. re: tigerjohn

                            Be sure to take some elastic-waist pants with you, and an extra, larger belt! ;)