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Aug 1, 2013 06:12 AM

Paris for the first time

My wife and I will be traveling to Paris for 6 days in September.We are both adventurous eaters, and price is no object. Reccomedations for lunch and dinner please

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  1. "price is no object" that leaves a wide margin of restaurants to choose from, from the simple street side crèpes (couple of euros) to the insanely expensive L'Ambroisie (couple of hundred of euros)

    What kind of food are you looking for?
    Where are you coming from in terms of cuisine and restaurant style?
    Bistros? new cuisine? haute-cuisine? classical, funky? set menus vs. a la carte ? wine is "important" ?

    1. We are willing to sample everything, I don't care about Euros or wine.

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      1. re: Cameron

        "I don't care about Euros"
        The currency? Could you explain?

      2. I don't care how much it costs.

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        1. re: Cameron

          Ok then, if budget is not an issue ... .

          L'Ambroisie, L'Arpège, Pierre Gagnaire, Ducasse at Plaza Athénée, ... L'Atelier Robuchon, Passage 53, ...

          Please, help us help you!!!

          What do you like or dislike or do not care for (food-wise)?

          Interested in "fixed menus" (or no choice menus) or a la carte would be better ?

          Looking for more traditional or modern cuisine ?
          looking for ethnic cuisine?

          Are you staying in an hotel or are you renting an apartment (eating in)?
          Is having a picnic in a park something you'd like to do ? (go to the market and stock up on food?)
          Where are you staying? willing to cross the city to eat in the evening ?
          If you are in Paris for the first time, I assume you will do museums and major attractions, so you'd like suggestions near those places ?


          1. re: Cameron

            In Paris you can easily cruise through 300 or 400 euro a head - is this what you mean?

            1. re: PhilD

              "you can easily cruise through 300 or 400 euro"
              What was the New Yorker category, "Block that Metaphor?"

            1. Alain Ducasse at Eiffel Tower, Tour d'Argent is a must, what a view and you will never have duck prepared like that! I love Le Grand Vefour. If money is no object Maxim's - terribly beautiful. Le Train Bleu, Cafe de la Paix. I know I'm rattling off all the usual suspects but I happen to love them and think them quintessentially Parisian. By the by one of our best meals was at La Mascotte in Montmartre.

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              1. re: bronwen

                I would demur on Le Train Bleu and the Cafe de la Paix both of which had fine settings but disappointing food on my last visits.
                For more adventuresome food you might look at recent threads to venture beyond the guidebook "usuals."

                1. re: John Talbott

                  Le Jules Verne (a.k.a. Alain Ducasse at Eiffel Tower) is pretty bad, too.

                  Of course you can have duck prepared like that. Cheaper. In Rouen and Duclair, where the recipe originated.

                  1. re: Ptipois

                    IMO Ducasse may be the most overrated chef on the planet.

                    1. re: jock

                      And he is the new chef at Le Meurice.

                          1. re: John Talbott

                            hi jt
                            I have been reading through these Paris fine dining threads and you are everywhere. so I'd like to ask your opinion on guy savoy. my husband and I would like one "blow out" meal, would def do tasting menu and expect to pay a small fortune.
                            look forward to your reply.

                            1. re: loml95

                              I wish I could give an informed answer but part of being "venerable" is being really old and part of being really old is having gone to places years ago, in this case I believe over 30 years ago. Perhaps someone else can chime in who has been more recently.

                              1. re: loml95

                                We had friends from NYC who went to Guy Savoy several years ago and had a very memorable meal there. They probably paid a small fortune, but it sounded like it was a memorable meal, with a very attentive staff. Nobody sounded disappointed.

                                1. re: loml95

                                  Many on this board have hits and misses on ** and *** places in Paris.
                                  My hits are Le Cinq, Gagnaire, Guy Savoy
                                  My misses are L'Arpege, Astrance, La Grand Cascade

                                  Both Le Cinq and Guy Savoy offer a 'bargain' lunch, LC is automatic, GS must be contacted by email for the internet special. On trips to both in May items will be on my yearly top ten restaurant dishes tasted.