Critique my Paris plans, I did research!
Hi all! Talk about an exhaustive chowhound research extravaganza! I think I might have my dinners planned out for my 5/28-5/31 trip, but would love your opinion. Here's are those details you love to ask:
-We're doing one fancy pants dinner, but going for mid range for the other two, i.e. less than 100E for 2 people for something akin to 3 courses (including tip, tax, and whatever else they charge in Paris).
-My husband drinks but doesn't mind inexpensive wine and will only do a drink or two with dinner. I don't drink at all.
-I'm an extreme foodie who will eat anything, but my husband is a middle of the road diner. Every once in a while, he surprises me with his choices, but not often. So no sea foam or degustation menus. :)
-We're staying at Hotel La Belle Juliette in the 6th but don't mind traveling for good food. We currently live in San Francisco, so public transportation doesn't scare us.
-I know a lot of people like to save money by doing nice meals at lunch, but we're just not into that. We'd rather grab food on the run as we're being touristy and do dinner after a shower and a nap.
Tuesday: My husband's boss got us reservations at Le Taillevent. I'm a little apprehensive about this, but he claims it's a once in a lifetime experience. It also sounds like a $600-$800 per couple experience. Worth it? Is there somewhere else we should go?
For Wednesday and Thursday: My top choices at the mid range price are Chez Denise, Dans Les Landes, and Les Papilles.
Since we have so many cuisine choices in San Francisco, I feel like sticking to “French” food, but don't really have it narrowed down to type.
Can't wait to hear your opinion!
We just had lunch at Les Papilles Thursday and it was spectacular! They serve a lot of food and are extremely friendly. We had lamb that was braised until it fell off the bone and you could cut it with a fork, amazingly tasty. Like many restaurants here, the space is very small, but the great food and wine make up for it.
We're dining at Dans Les Landes tonight - I'll be sure to let you know how it goes.
We also loved Chez L'ami Jean - bistro but a little more refined. And we loved Spring which was more modern and refined than either of the others.
I considered Taillevent, but we're here for 7 days, I couldn't bring myself to spend that much on one meal :) Please let us know if you find it as spectacular as they say.
Like most restaurants, Les Papilles occupies a special niche. For us, it was for years where we crashed on our first night in town, an easy cultural sigue, predictable and cossetting. A glass of bubbly, soup, meat 'n potatoes, cheese, dessert helped along by a hearty Languedoc or Cahors.
It doesn't offer innovation or surprise. More like Grandma than Mrs. Robinson. We have taken a handful of first time visitors to LP and each one has left smiling and content, as we always have.
It remains special for us, but not for every visit nor on very short visits when each evening requires cashing one of only a few dining ops. But for first timers, I will always recommend it.
"Chez Denise, Dans Les Landes, and Les Papilles."
Of the 3, I would pick Dans Les Landes, hands down.
And I love your post title. Wish all post titles were like yours. :-)
We'd love to help you set up reservations, Debbie! Looks like you found our Paris itinerary recommendations, but let us know if you'd like some more information. Good luck!
Hi all! Quick update before we leave Paris for London. We've had amazing meals at Josephine Chez Dumonet and Chez Denise, some out of this world pastries at Pierre Herme, and mind blowing choclate at Patrick Roger and Jean Paul Hevin. My husband really enjoyed quick, cheap meals at Eric Kayser when we were off sightseeing. We're off to Dans Les Landes tonight, can't wait to report in more detail!
P.S. We decided to skip Le Taillevent for something more casual.