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Nov 1, 2012 12:29 PM

Help with a few remaining restaurant choices

Will be returning next month to Paris for a five night stay and would appreciate some input on a few difficult restaurant choices. On Thursday evening we have reservations at Frenchie (missed this on our last visit), and for lunch on Friday I can't make up my mind between Spring and Chez L'ami Jean. On Saturday for dinner I would like to try what John Talbot refers to as the "new places"; my choices are Pirouette, Abri, Septime and Croms'Exquis. Since Sundays are difficult I thought we would do our mandatory bistro visit for escargot, steak & fries and profiteroles (probably at Le Cafe du Commerce). That leaves dinner on Monday for either Vivant Table, Abri (if I don't go Saturday) or L'Office. Any and all input from the board would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. For starters, Septime is closed on weekends, so maybe this should be your Monday choice. I'm a fan, and I suggest you reserve early if you choose this.

    1. I don't see how you can go wrong with any of those. Just check the closing days to see if any don't fit into your schedule. And flip a coin.

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      1. re: Parnassien

        Indeed. If it makes your choices easier, just consider that while we visit Paris several times a year, I am always in a kerfuffle when I have to narrow my choices between new and revisits.. Just remember that today's new wonderkinds will be old news in a month or so but will be every bit as good as they are today. It's hard for you to go wrong if you are attuned to Chow. Enjoy!

      2. Since I heard someone mention my name, I'll just say that you cannot got wrong at any of these.
        My highly subjective, arbitrary, kooky ratings of the above are:
        7.5 Pirouette, Vivant (and Pierre Sang Boyer which you didn't mention)
        7.1 Abri (and Marloe ditto)
        6.9 Crom'Exquis
        6.7 L'Office
        But that ignores Masa, L'Escargot, Flora, Clandestino, Volney (new chef), Sens Uniques, Le 122 (new chef), Les Jalles, Table d'Aki, A La Marguerite, Excoffier, Les Saisons, Bigarrade (new chef). L'Atelier Vivanda - well, the list goes on; so much to eat, so little time to do it.

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        1. re: John Talbott

          Thanks everyone for your input. John I did not realize that you had a points ranking system, that is great! No one has weighed in on the Friday choice for lunch between CLJ and Spring, having heard such amazing things about both your iput on this decision would be great.

          1. re: campinodave

            Well I think they are quite different: Spring is deceptively simple, clever food while CLJ is more classic bistro fare. Go to both. Toss a coin. Come back soon. I dunno how to advise you.