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Sep 30, 2012 03:59 AM

Recommendations for our first 3 day trip to Paris (from Australia)

i will be travelling to Paris from Australia for the first time with my girlfriend. We will be there for 3 days in about 3 weeks time from now. We always like to include some nice meals in our travels to enjoy and also compare to other fine dining establishments.

Having spent the last week and a half reading the threads and reviews here and other blogs, we have so far decided on the below restaurants for lunch:

Monday: arrive late afternoon, dinner at Le Regalade St Honore
Tuesday: Guy Savoy lunch (booked), short trip to Versailles afterwards, should we do dinner there too?
Wednesday: Jules Verne or Pierre Gagnaire
Thursday: Tour d'Argent (booked), dinner not yet planned.

I am not sure whether to go with Jules Verne or Pierre Gagnaire. We will be visiting the Eiffel tower on Wednesday in the late afternoon so can see sunset on the Summit, but am not sure if the good views (window table not guaranteed) in Jules Verne is worth choosing it over Pierre Gagnaire.

I have read many reviews on Pierre being a potentially risky option (love or hate), and have weighed this up with other choices such as Le CInq, Arpege, Ledoyen, Taillevent, but have chosen Gagnaire so far. Or should I consider other options?

Would greatly appreciate any comments or suggestions, thanks!

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  1. Tuesday your trip to Versailles will be very short indeed after lunch at Savoy; the only place to eat there IMHO, is Gordon Ramsey's place in the Trianon Palace. I'm not sure that anyone here hates Pierre Gagnaire, Colette and I just find the number of dishes and calories overwhelming. And I liked the Tour d'Argent under Andre Terrail and Laurent Delarbre.

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    1. re: John Talbott

      Thanks for the reply John. I already have plans to try Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London, so might take the train back to Paris and try another restaurant, was thinking either che L'Ami Jean or La Regalade Saint-Honore. I also heard there is a nice restaurant at Musee du Louvre (but did not get the name of it), do you have any suggestions?

    2. One serious meal a day is enough, more and you may be overdoing it and thus enjoying whatever you do less.
      Your choices are your choices, you have done your research and many people will love your choices. That is the point YOUR choices, all good but whatever appeals to me may not appeal to you.

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      1. re: Delucacheesemonger

        I agree with DCM, unless you're under 35 in which one can still manage 2 big meals a day.

        As for Chez L'Ami Jean or La Regalade Saint-Honore - it all depends - one cannot lose with either. But I would forget the restaurant at Musee du Louvre; excepting the Orsay and Palais du Tokyo on a nice Summer day, museum restos are not worth the trip.

        1. re: John Talbott

          " Chez L'Ami Jean or La Regalade Saint-Honore"

          Between the two, hands down Chez l'Ami Jean.

          1. re: John Talbott

            I agree with DCM that restaurant choices are extremely personal. You really have to read between the lines of reviews and comments in order to wind up at the table of your dreams rather than nightmares. Each of us has sat in front of a plate and thought "What were they thinking?" or "Am I in the same restaurant?"

            So ask away, but read replies very carefully.

            1. re: mangeur

              In between meals, we were also planning to try a number of pâtisseries for macarons, pastries, croissants.

            2. re: John Talbott

              <unless you're under 35 in which one can still manage 2 big meals a day.>

              I find this said so many times on this board, and though it may be true for many people, please don't assume it applies to everyone. My partner and I (ages 60 and 58) have no problem having 2 big meals in one day. When we are in Europe, we do it nearly every day. We do not eat breakfast and rarely have a snack, so by the time dinner time arrives we have worked off lunch and are ready for another feast.

              1. re: rrems

                Thus you are a middle-aged uhockey. l envy you your capacitites.

                1. re: rrems

                  rrems - not quite as old but equally strong appetites. Not a routine but frequent whilst on holiday in a food heaven.

                  1. re: rrems

                    ".....My partner and I (ages 60 and 58....."
                    As usual, we haven't defined our terms, specifically related to age. If I saw 58 or 60 again I'd be ecstatic.

                  2. re: John Talbott

                    Thanks for the advice, I was thinking the same- our lunches will most likely finish around 2.30-3pm and we will both be full until later in the evening, so in that sense, it is risky to make dinner reservations at a set time that same day.

                    We may just end up deciding on a restaurant close to where we will be sightseeing.

                    1. re: ausfoodie

                      <We may just end up deciding on a restaurant close to where we will be sightseeing.>

                      This is an unwise idea in Paris. You are better off to make your reservations and canceling them if necessary. You will not be able to walk in at the likes of chez l'Ami Jean or Regalade, and certainly not at Gagnaire.

                      1. re: ChefJune

                        Also remember that dinner service will not begin until 8pm or so, 7pm rather unusual. So you should ask yourself if you will still be out sightseeing at that hour, remembering also that in mid-November it starts to get dark in Paris around 5pm. Granted that these qualifications may perfectly well suit your plans, but best to be forewarned.

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