We are coming to Paris the week after next and having some trouble booking some of the places that we'd hoped to try (like Spring and Septimes). I'd love some feedback on any recent experiences you've had at Frederic Simonin. Is it outstanding? Stuffy? Also, would you consider it a "heavier" meal? I'm trying to decide if I should plan dinner there one night on the same day when we are having a larger lunch.
I'll insist on the quality of the cooking. I wouldn't say it lacks passion and warmth; the decor does but you don't eat that. It is extremely well-made French cooking that shows equal talent in sophisticated preparations and in earthier, traditional-style braised dishes. It does have some personality.
In a similar category I'd also recommend Les Tablettes de Jean-Louis Nomicos; sophisticated cooking with plenty of taste and a Mediterranean touch.