One dinner, two lunches in Paris next week
So, I just found out that we're popping over to Paris on Monday from London on the Eurostar. I've been to Paris many times, but not recently - I can barely remember where things are, embarrassingly!
We will arrive too late on Monday for dinner I think (probably around 10-11pm). Our hotel is in the 9th, near Place de Clichy. Perhaps we'll head out to a wine bar if we're not too tired.
I really don't want to stress this too much - there are tons of great places to eat in Paris, and (quelle horreur) it's not ALL about the food. There are some other things I want to do as well, like visit the Musee d'Orsay, which I last saw when I was seventeen, and generally wonder about taking in the beauty of the city.
But it's Paris, and you need to make reservations so here's my plan so far.
Tuesday lunch - I can't eat two rich French meals in one day any more so would like something lightish. Was thinking of heading down to Les Papilles, so we can wonder up to the Musee d'Orsay from there. Otherwise, Pirouette in Les Halles is on my radar, or Le Terroir Parisien.
Tuesday dinner - am thinking about La Table D'Eugene or Saturne. My preference is for a cozy neighbourhoood bistro - nothing too fancy (although I would like to dress up a little. Never knowingly underdressed, and all that. I should have been a Parisienne). I would prefer modern French, nothing excessively rich. La Pantruche also an option. I thought about L'Abri, but it doesn't look particularly cozy. Also Mr GG is a bit less adventurous than me, although he can surprise me.
Wednesday lunch - the only reservation I have made so far! Le Septime.
Sadly we will then head home on the Eurostar. So many great restaurants, so little time!
I'd appreciate any feedback or suggestions. If it helps, I speak fluent French and visit France regularly - just not Paris for some reason! Oh, and if you could fix the weather - that would be great too....
(I'd also appreciate recs for a great cheese shop near Le Septime. I really want to get some Tomme Aux Raisins, which is possible to find in London at this time of year, but a trek across town and eye-wateringly expensive.)
Thanks in advance.
As far as I'm concerned you have an embarassment of riches facing you, not a clinker/clunker on the list. L'Abri is plenty cosy, not sure what you seek in "cosy."
One thing arriving late nr the Place de Clichy is that places like Wepler & Charlot King of Coquillages stay open late; midnight-midnight and a half and are never closed.
re: John Talbott
OK, my friend, what's your and greedygirl's operative definition of "cosy"?
Chez L'Ami Jean is so "cosy" you knock over your neighbor's glass - "cosy?": Gagnaire is never "cosy," if one thinks of warm; Tete Dans Les olives, plenty "cosy"; I don't know if I've ever used the word before so I'm useless as usual.
If I want "cosy" I guess I turn up the heat at home and kick back; but in a Paris resto?
That is a few blocks from my flat and l wish there was even a decent let alone great cheese shop near me. l still schlep over to the left bank for mine. The cheese you want comes in two styles; Depending on the raisins. If you can get the larger ones, generally from Chile they are a lot better.