Helping in narrowing down the Paris list
In my best French style . . . Bonjour.
We are headed to Paris for two weeks in early July. It is myself and my husband for one week and we are then being joined by another couple. We love to eat and one of us is pretty serious about wine.
We are staying in apartments, one near Palais Royal, one on the Left Bank. But we are happy to travel for good food.
Using Chowhound as a guide, I have compiled a list of 36 restaurants. The "theme", if there is one, is really good food, under 100 E per person. We have some experience eating in Europe (including France) and like the idea of set menus. We also want to have a couple of meals in a brasserie (since we will be there on two Sunday's).
So, here is the list in no order (well, maybe alphabetically). Help us eliminate some and highlight the best. For dinner only.
Atelier Joel Robechon (well we want at least one Michelin *)
Aux 2 Oliviers
Cafe des Musees
Huitrerie Regis (one of us loves oysters(
Le 6 Paul Bert
Le Petite Cour
Le Verre Vole
Les 110 de Taillevent
Regalade St. Honore
Toyo Ze Kitchen Galerie
Have at it.
And merci bien.
re: John Talbott
Are you suggesting substituting some lunches for dinners? This is always a big question for us -- usually we are out and about all day, often eating in a museum cafe or something light and then having a larger dinner.
I know that the French and other Europeans often have a large lunch and light dinner and we would be fine with that. An excuse to buy food at the Grand Epicerie and eat at home.
We would definitely consider some lunches.
"Are you suggesting substituting some lunches for dinners?"
Yes: I know we are not typical Yankees trying to cram everything into one or two weeks and explained our changes over the year on this post http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...
And I've given the advantages of eating lunch here
La Régalade Saint-Honoré : lower-than-average-quality products that even careful cooking cannot redeem.
Les Papilles : better products but the place IMO has gone downhill. But since I haven't been there in some time, I am ready to be corrected by people with more recent experiences. What I'm sure of, though, is that the wines are far less interesting than they used to be.
My experience with those two restaurants are quite similar to Pti's. If I work nearby and am stuck with eating out all the time in the 'hood, maybe. -- No. I still would not go. My go-toplace in the 5th is Dans les Landes.
As for the Palais Royal-Bourse area, Terroir Parisien Bourse is light years better than Régalade SH.
I so miss the old Chez Pauline. Had my wedding dinner there. Sob.
I am going to go at this is a different manner, by giving a diverse list to “include” not exclude I (I’ve cheated and added some not on your list):
Oysters Huitrerie Regis
Other fish Clamato (also open on weekends)
Meat Hugo Desnoyer
An old style bistro Le Cafe des Musees
A new style bistro Bistro Volnay & Pirouette
Bistronomique Les Bistronomes
An old style resto Le Florimond
A new style resto Goust & Les Tablettes
An elegant resto 110 Taillevent
A bar a vins plus Le Verre Vole
One by a Japanese chef Abri
One by a French chef with Asian Ingredients Ze Kitchen Galerie
One by a Brazilian chef Le Pario
One by a Yankee chef Spring
One by a Korean/French chef Pierre Sang Boyer in Oberkampf
A brasserie Garnier
(I confess I have not been to L'Ambroisie, Caius or Atelier Joel Robuchon in years nor Aux 2 Oliviers, Chatomat (I only eat at lunch) Bistrot Victoires, Lilane, Ouidino, or Suave ever)
(And there should be a place for L’Auberge Flora, L'Arome, Le Cornichon, Le Pantruche, Le 6 Paul Bert, Le Saotico, Les Papilles, & Regalade St. Honore)
(And I dropped entirely - Le Petite Cour, Philou, Pramil, Toyo and the two Darroze's on another thread)
I lunch fabulously recently at Abri.
But a couple of things:
The very nice waitress kept recommending the "menu supplice" (torture menu). After a while, I understood that she meant, in her charming accent, "menu surprise".
Last week I tried to call to make another appointment and had great difficulty. After trying to call for an hour, I got a gentleman who told me the hour when he would have a table. I said: "please wait a second ; I will consult my husband." The gentleman hung up instead.
After another hour trying to call the restaurant, I got the same gentleman who this time told me the restaurnat was full for that evening.
Therefore do expect a degree of "téléphone supplice".