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6th or 7th Arr. Lunch Recs

I am looking for a lunch recommendation in the 6th or 7th arr. Nothing too fussy or expensive (no more than 35-40 Euros per person before wine) as we will be eating fussy and expensive that particular evening. I thought about L'epi Dupin, but I'm afraid it's too touristy. (Thoughts on that?) And I thought about Ze Kitchen Galerie, but it feels wrong to be eating Asian food (which I normally love) while in France. :) Any suggestions for places you love in the 6th or 7th? A place we could just walk in without reservations is ideal but not necessary at all, so feel free to throw anything out there. Thanks!

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  1. If you're eating "fussy and expensive" at dinner how about soufflés at the Cigale Recamier? On a nice day the terrace is wonderful.

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    1. re: John Talbott

      Thanks, John! I'll check into Cigale Recamier. That sounds great. And by "fussy and expensive," I mean that in the best way possible. :)

      1. re: becca31

        And just to correct the record, I don't consider Ze an Asian resto, despite my friends on this site's take. It's chef'd by a a classically trained, Savoy experienced French guy who went (TMK) once to the Orient and presents everything from raw fish (OK Japanese), to pastas to pigeon with foie gras to stuffed zucchini flowers (which i had last week) to twists on classic desserts. I hate the phrase "world food" cuz it usually means hamburgers and fish'n'chips but it's more that than anything else. And with a star, its staff are "fussy" if by that you mean caring, and its prices not inexpensive.
        I too do not usually eat at "ethnic" places but I eat at Ze whenever my cross-Atlantic wife Colette graces Paris with her presence.

        1. re: John Talbott

          Perso, I like ZKG a lot but I have stopped taking transatlantic friends there... too many complaints about similarities with this or that place back in California... now I only go with mes potes français.

    2. Another possibility is Fish on Rue Seine, inexpensive, easy, good, fun.

      1. Maybe a cafe that serves decent food,e.g., Le Petit Cler or Cafe Constant.

        1. Ze does not serve Asian food.
          Many of its dishes have Asian notes like soy sauce and ginger and a sweet&sour take. Sometimes too pandemic for some hounds' taste, mine included.

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          1. re: Parigi

            "pandemic"? "an epidemic of infectious disease that has spread through human populations across a large region" ?

            1. re: Parigi

              To be exact, Ze Kitchen Galerie serves a romantic interpretation of some combinations of Asian ingredients appearing as "Asian inspiration", but it is clearly and plainly French food, and very cheffy at that. Couldn't be further from Asian, unless using lemongrass and ginger everywhere could be equated to cooking Asian food.

            2. Cuisine de bar for good sandwiches...we went in 2011 and they had a reasonably priced prix fixe lunch menu with a glass of wine, salad, and I think even a small dessert. 8 rue du Cherche-Midi