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Third trip to Paris in two years

London hound here - I took my wife to Paris for our engagement and our honeymoon (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/853424) now back for her birthday.

We arrive Saturday morning and I'd love to go straight out for a top class prix fixe lunch but as far as I can see only Le Cinq and the Tour d'Argent are open and offer a sub Eur100 prix fixe on a Saturday lunchtime - unless anyone has any other suggestions which I would be very grateful for. I've dreamed of going to Ledoyen for years but alas it will have to wait again, one day.

The inevitable Sunday night question - Les Fables de La Fontaine looks ideal for a light seafood dinner? Otherwise I am struggling. I can't go with more than about Eur100 a head (food only) on the Sunday evening. I know Benoit is a choice I know but the sheer number of Ducasse restaurants now makes me sad.

I'd rather stick on that balance but if there are any outstanding bistro choices open Saturday night rather than Sunday then I'd be happy to switch (so the same Q applies re Sunday prix fixe outside Le Cinq) but I can't see us surviving Chez L'Ami Jean or anywhere else that rolls you out of the door and then Le Cinq within 12 hours of each other.

In the past we've eaten at Le Chateaubriand, Pierre Gagnaire, Guy Savoy, Le Comptoir de Relais and Septime and have broadly enjoyed them all although we tend towards the more modernist cooking.

Many thanks to you all as always.

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  1. "Benoit is a choice I know but the sheer number of Ducasse restaurants now makes me sad."
    Indeed.
    If I may be blunt, I think you're looking at yesterday's favorites; I'd search a bit more here and give us some direction as to what food, ambiance, etc., suits you.

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    1. re: John Talbott

      Is Semilla open Sunday evening? If so that's a good central choice.

      1. re: PhilD

        Yes it is (Sunday lunch is brunch).

      2. re: John Talbott

        You are absolutely right John, I return to the Paris board once every 9 months on average and the scale of the chatter is such that it takes many hours to gauge the vagaries of what has fallen in and out of favour.

        Semilla looks lovely thanks Phil, it has always been on the long list.

        I presume the Le Cinq lunch cannot have fallen out of favour? Even at Eur95 it cannot fail to be good value?

          1. re: Delucacheesemonger

            A lovely review which I did read recently thank you.

            I assume that the 95 Euro menu is available on Sundays and not just weekdays - that is the impression I have from reading the board.

            1. re: ManInTransit

              AFAIK, it is available everyday. Tougher reservation on weekends though.

      3. So we have done as suggested and gone back to the drawing board a little and ended up with a simple few days:

        Friday evening: Chez L'Ami Jean (I've followed the disintegration of the consensus and nonetheless concluded I must go)
        Saturday lunchtime: Les Papilles (I've looked at the website and it seems it will be easy enough to order light at lunchtime?)
        Saturday evening: Semilla.
        Sunday lunch: Le Cinq and then a snooze on the Eurostar.

        Any thoughts or tips gratefully received.

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        1. re: ManInTransit

          I find the idea of Chez l'Ami Jean and Les Papilles back to back too heavy. Even if you have the capacity to eat after a CLAJ meal - I skipped two after our last blowout - why not try a restaurant with a lighter fare, instead of trying to order light in a meat &potato joint ?
          Especially if you are dining out again Saturday night.
          My pick would be one of the wave of relatively new French eateries with Japanese chefs, like Kiku, Encore, Abri. Bear in mind this is really French cuisine, but with a Japanese calligraphic creativity and lightness.

          1. re: Parigi

            I would agree if it was a week but it's only a weekend so manageable if it was me - but then I walk a lot and eat little for breakfast.

            1. re: PhilD

              "it seems it will be easy enough to order light at lunchtime?"
              Agreed