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Lunch spot accessible from the 14th by Metro THIS Monday (October 1)!

My husband and I will be in Paris for a week and have all meal arrangements in place except for Monday lunch. I realize this is short notice (and we leave Thursday) but our previous lunch plans have changed. Anyway, our criteria are as follows:

- we will be having glorious, expensive dinners so this lunch need not be - looking at 50 euros-ish per person - prix fix fine
- seeking very traditional French
- we are staying in the 14th but can take the metro to the right place as long as it is accessible

We may not be able to get in on such short notice on a Monday we realize. But it is worth a try! :-)

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  1. Monday Ze Kitchen Galerie is the place; see you there.

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    1. re: John Talbott

      This looks like a great menu but we were hoping for something more traditional French. Any further suggestions?

      1. re: chefathome

        how about la Rotonde on the boulevard Montparnasse/ boulevard Raspail ? it's certainly timeless and, for traditional brasserie fare, one of the best examples in Paris.

        or, for a very old fashioned bistro vibe and menu, Le Petit Pascal on the rue Pascal just off the boulevard Port-Royal.

        BTW, "accessible" depends on where in the 14th you are... it would be more helpful if you and other posters would indicate nearest métro station or major intersection... arrondissement is always too vague a designation for us to know what would be convenient for you.

    2. Le Grand Pan, just over the border in the 15th, Plaisance metro. Great Cotes de boeuf, porc, and veau and 15 wines by the barrel.

      1. OK then:
        Le Reminet
        3, rue des Grands-Degres, 5th (Metro : St Michel, Maubert-Mutualite)
        T : 01.44.07.04.24
        Open 7/7
        Lunch menu 13.50 €, dinner a la carte 40-60 €.

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        1. re: John Talbott

          This looks like a great option, too. Their menu only lists a few recommendations. What would you recommend? Do they have things like sweetbreads, foie and so on?

          1. re: chefathome

            Like all the smaller, ambitious bistros, the menu changes every week.I have not had sweetbreads or foie there (do you mean foie or foie gras? Neither), but does not mean it won't be on the menu ever.

            1. re: Parigi

              Sounds great. I mean foie gras. Our goal is the most traditional French we can possibly have!

              1. re: chefathome

                Le Réminet is not very traditional.
                For more traditional fare, among all the recommendations here, Le Grand Pan would fitt the profile better, IMHO.
                La Régalade too, but its opening days do not fit your timetable.
                Aux Fins Gourmets (213 Boulevard Saint-Germain 01 42 22 06 57) is another very nice traditional resto, frequented by St Germain locals.

                1. re: Parigi

                  Thanks for chiming in with the info. When I'm in Paris, I want French food. Period. Anyway, am now looking into Le Grand Pan and Aux Fins Gourmets.

                  1. re: chefathome

                    Le Réminet is French food, but not that traditional, not like the duck and lamb dishes and foie gras at, say, Fins Gourmets. :-)

                    1. re: Parigi

                      Aux Fins Gourmet looks like the place for us. This is precisely what I was looking for. Will try to make reservations right away. Thank you for your help with my quest!

                      1. re: chefathome

                        oops... not so quick... the best thing about Aux Fins Gourmets is the vieille France vibe ... the food is pretty mediocre

                        check the reviews on lafourchette.com

                        1. re: Parnassien

                          Just saw that, darn it. Any experience at Restaurant du Marche (15th)? I see Saveur rates it as one of the top 23 in Paris.

                          1. re: chefathome

                            It's quite good but not in the totally trad mode... and not exactly "accessible" from the bd St Jacques

                            you can also try googling l'Ordonnance on the rue Hallé (10 minute walk from you), Au Peitit Marguery on the bd Port-Royal (15 min walk), la Cerisaie on the bd Edgar Quinet (métro from St Jacques to Edgar Quinet... 4 mins), ultra-trad and cutesy le Petit Pascal on the rue Pascal (15 min walk) to see if any of those appeal

                            1. re: Parnassien

                              Wow - more choices! Thanks kindly. Am looking into them right now. It would be nice to stroll there!

                              1. re: chefathome

                                And if you choose either la Cerisaie or la Rotonde, you can stroll through the lovely Montparnasse cemetery and say hi to J-P Sartre, Man Ray, Simone de Beauvoir, Baudelaire, etc

        2. So sorry to be so vague. I've been in a rush these past few days. We are staying at the Marriott Rive Gauche at 17 Boulevard Saint Jacques · 75014. Does that help?

          Thank you so very much for your suggestions. Am checking out the websites as I type this. Your help is appreciated.

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          1. re: chefathome

            Seeing you on a map, Le Regalade seems walking distance, l'll be there tomorrow.

              1. re: mangeur

                To clarify or amplify this post, from all that I can see on the net, LR is not open for lunch on Mondays.

                1. re: mangeur

                  Curses foiled again, missed the ' lunch' need.

                  1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                    I'm more and more tempted not to attend the river cruise and go to La Regalade for dinner instead. Darn it - I don't think they are open Mondays, though! The only dinner time we have available is that evening - everything else is in stone.

                    1. re: chefathome

                      I think La Régalade is open for dinner Monday night. No lunch service but open in the evening. Ask your hotel concierge to confirm.

                      1. re: Parnassien

                        Thanks, I will ask. Are reservations difficult to get on short notice do you know?

                        1. re: chefathome

                          At the moment Paris is heaving with fashion folks for the ready-to-wear shows (which end on 3 Oct) and car folks for the Auto Show (which starts 29 Sept) so restaurants are abnormally busy

                          1. re: Parnassien

                            Oh, yes. Of course! My husband is attending the Auto Show for an afternoon. We will do the best we can!

            1. re: chefathome

              I'd catch the 4 line to Les Halles and go to Chez Denise.

              1. re: mangeur

                I'm wondering if you have a "glorious, expensive dinner" planned for that evening. Personally, I would never do a rich prix fixe lunch if have a big dinner planned. If you have no big dinner planned and don't already have it on your itinerary I'd definitely not miss La Regalade (right near you) or Chez Denise. If you have lunch at either of these places it's very unlikely you'd be up for any dinner other than a light salad. If you have a real dinner planned for that evening I'd do La Rotonde and order light, perhaps some oysters, escargot or their fabulous steak tartare.

                1. re: plafield

                  That evening we are going on a Seine river dinner cruise. We're with a huge group of people (my husband's AGM is in Paris) that evening. Am guessing the food will not be stellar...

                  Your suggestions are great. Both La Regalade and Chez Denise sound like our thing. Thanks for taking the time to respond!

                  1. re: chefathome

                    Then you should definitely have a good lunch.
                    "glorious, expensive dinner" on a Seine cruise? Expensive, yes. Eat before you go.

                    1. re: Parigi

                      Definitely not expecting a glorious dinner on a cruise! In fact, my husband and I would far rather sneak away and do our own thing. We're actually considering it.

              2. re: chefathome

                I stayed there and Regalade is really close, otherwise my advice is to get a taxi to the 5 or 6eme for more choice, around the hotel is quite a food desert, and the walk to the metro, time of trains makes catching the metro marginal.

                1. re: PhilD

                  I appreciate your input. This location would not have been my pick but I cannot complain as it is an all-expenses-paid trip (the Paris portion). It looks like I need to do some further planning but am running out of time as we leave tomorrow at noon! Then we are off to Croatia for three further weeks. Yay!

                  1. re: chefathome

                    OK you didn't like Ze's non-tradition, I respect that.so
                    Le Grand Pan is closest
                    and Auxuria not far
                    But also consider
                    Les Jalles or Volnay, traditional near the Place Vendome
                    Racines (2) very traditional Louvre-Rivoli