Restaurants near the Shangri-La Hotel in the 16th
Friends will be at the Shangri-La around the first of the year and are looking for a few restaurants near by if possible. One request is for great chicken!
If you limit yourself to the immediate neighbourhood of the Shangri-la, the pickings are slim.
For poulet roti, maybe D'Chez Eux on the ave de Lowendal @ bd de La Tour-Maubourg in the 7th... coucou de Rennes @ 80 € for 2... short 6.40 € taxi ride from the Shangri-la. Or they can stroll to the Marché Président Wilson (Wed + Sat mornings) aka Marché de l'Alma on the avenue Président Wilson for a street vendor version.
In walking distance of the Shangri-la,
Aux Marches du Palais on the rue de la Manutention just below the Palais de Tokyo.... a more than decent bistro du quartier somewhat insulated by its location from the tourist swarms ... hits all the right notes;
Passiflore on the rue de Longchamp... cuisine by one of the lesser known culinary gods (Roland Durand)... some Asian influences... rather sleek and chic decor with a non-tourist clientèle to match;
Cristal Room in the Maison Baccarat on the place des Etats-Unis... not really on the foodie trail but I gotta confess I have a secret liking for this place... maybe more for the echoes and my grandfather's tales of the legendary literary/ artsy salons that used to be held here when it was the private residence of Marie-Laure de Noailles... but the food is usually quite good and the setting is stunning... the prices bring tears to my eyes but probably less painful to folks staying at the Shangri-la;
Restaurant Etude on the rue du Bouquet-de-Longchamp off the rue Longchamp... the new foodie kid in the neighbourhood... another excellent Japanese chef doing French cuisine better than the French but also franco-japanese dishes... expensive and huge wine mark-ups.
So another idea; I have not been, and in truth, despite the crits from my friends here, who all claim they know the best Viet Namese resto, I have never found food in Paris, NYC or even Northern Virginia, as good as our Chinese Viet Namese chef served us in Sai Gon from the Chợ Lớn market in 1968.
But, there's a new place, the Table Du Viet Nam, 6 avenue Bosquet in the 7th, that might be worth checking out. If it's great I'll bring out my M-60 for old times sake.