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Feb 27, 2013 07:08 PM

Yet another one. Please rate my choices for 7 nights in Paris

After posting twice about L 'Astrance, I decided it's just too expensive and there are so many other great choices. We're trying to keep to a budget, so we're mixing it up price wise. We're staying in the Marais, so trying to go no further than an Arr away. Last time we were in Paris, we were so exhausted from walking all day, then went to too many far flung places.

Here's the tentative list: Saturne, Septime, Ze Kitchen Galerie, Le Villaret, Semilla, Frenchie, Pramil

I've seen that Frenchie has gotten some unlovable reviews here recently, but it sounds good and I was able to book on line, though I haven't received my confirmation yet. Any other holes or mistakes in our choices?

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  1. I am not as enthusiastic about Villaret (inconsistent) and Pramil (didn't impress me as it has others). Otherwise fine list.

    6 Replies
    1. re: John Talbott

      l find the wine list at Le Villaret stellar, but the food far less so.

      1. re: John Talbott

        My final list all confirmed and in this order:

        PamelaPopo (because that is the night of our arrival and it is close and it sounded like fun)
        Ze Kitchen Gallerie
        Le Comptoir des Mers
        Pramil (because that is the night of our departure and again wanted something close to our hotel)

        Will be happy to report back our impressions when we return. Thanks for everyone's input.

        Unfortunately, Frenchie is not open when we will be in Paris.

        1. re: middleagedfoodie

          "Pramil (because that is the night of our departure and again wanted something close to our hotel)"
          Address? You can do better.

          1. re: John Talbott

            Le Hotel du Petit Moulin, 29 Rue de Poitou, 75003

            1. re: middleagedfoodie

              When are you going? We'll be there starting 5/11.

          2. re: middleagedfoodie

            I like Comptoir des Mers for the raw bar. Anything cooked is a disappointment. So careful.

            I'm a little less critical about Pramil than JT. But I agree that there are more convenient and better choices if you are staying at the fab Hotel du Petit Moulin. Since it's just 2 mins away, I'd suggest a look-see at le Mary Celeste on the rue Commines to see if it appeals.

            The hip and trendy Pamela Popo, I like a lot but sometimes the music (occasionally live) can be a wee bit intrusive. But great food.

        2. For what it's worth, and this is coming from someone who hasn't even been to Paris yet, I've got Ze Kitchen Galerie on my list too. From all I've researched and read, which is quite a bit, it seems like a great place.

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            1. re: John Talbott

              ha..and your blog is partly why I arrived at my conclusion :)

              1. re: yanks26dmb

                Just so you go forewarned and forearmed, there are snipers and snippers who will say "Oh I can get this in NY or LA or .... It's just fusion stuff." No it's not and you cannot.
                William Ledeuil is classically trained, ran Les Bouquinistes so successfully he earned the New York Times curse and has a diversity among his (open) kitchen folk that I wish on every French chef.

                1. re: John Talbott

                  Also, be forewarned that it's quite pricy for dinner.

                  1. re: Nancy S.

                    Oh, as some folks know, I don't "do" dinner; vampire-phobia and all. Lunch has gotten pricier since the star, but still well worth it.

                    1. re: John Talbott

                      I "do" only dinner -- so my recommendations are likewise restricted.

                  2. re: John Talbott

                    ZKG: my counterpoint (an opinion not sniping). On both my visits I thought the food was pretty standard East/West fusion, it didn't do much for me, but as I am from Sydney it was pretty standard food back in the day so nothing special for me. When it ate there he was in an SE Asian mode with lots of Thai flavours. Looks like this is still in evidence although there are Japanese flavours edging in.

                    It is expensive, dinner is €80+ and whilst lunch is far cheaper it is a far more limited selection. I also don't like the room, it feels like a mid-market, mid-western hotel breakfast room: quite spartan but with some very loud artworks as a nod to interior decoration. I know you don't eat the room but it does affect my enjoyment.

                    If this is novel food for you then go, it will be an experience. If you regularly eat this style I don't think it adds a lot.

                2. re: John Talbott

                  I was a bit underwhelmed and didn't enjoy the noise level... but I'm old now and get cranky.