Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > France >
Feb 28, 2014 05:48 AM

A (not too long) first dinner in Paris

Hi all,

I originally planned to book a table in Le Chateaubriand for our first night (March 13), but apparently they're renovating and not answering the phone.
Thought about one of the following as a replacement:

I read raving reviews about all 3 but was wondering which of them had an option for a mid-length dinner (yet a splendid one!) as it's our first day and we might be a bit tired.
No worries, a long 3+ hour dinner will occur the day after at Les Tablettes de JLN :)

From the 3, is there an affordable non-lengthy-degustation option?
If not, does one of the following have one: ZKG, KGB, Sola.

Thanks a lot!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Septime would definitely work, but I'm doubtful that you'll be able to secure a reservation. I'm a fan of Toutain, Saturne, and Sola, but they're a bit more lengthy. (ZKG and KGB would not be my picks, but each probably fits your parameters.

    2 Replies
    1. re: Nancy S.

      So your implying that in addition to the 6 course carte blanche, Saturne has shorter options (e.g. ALC) ?

      Thanks again.

      1. re: euro_knick

        Sorry for the confusion. As I wrote, Saturne would seem too lengthy for your purposes. Septime is a more limited menu, but reservations are usually not available within a 3 week span.

    2. "a mid-length dinner (yet a splendid one!) ........... an affordable non-lengthy-degustation option?"
      Sorry, but I'm missing something here. How do you do mid-length when you're doing desgustation?
      All six places you've named are wonderful; for a first night, as opposed to Nancy, I'd suggest Ze and order a couple of items, but that's me. Go to Sola, Septime, Toutain and Saturne for lunch on other days.
      And there are newer places that hit the spot - BAT, Roca, Les Enfants Rouges and the Maison de l'Amerique Latine which have not reached the New York Times' ears yet.

      1 Reply
      1. re: John Talbott

        The "non" was meant for both the "lengthy" and the "degustation", my "English" is special :)
        And thanks for the recommendations.

      2. I seem to remember the 5-course menu découverte (55 €) at Franck Enée on the rue Molière humming along rather speedily.