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We'll be in Paris for a few nights in early April in the 7th and were looking for some ideas for places with three kids under 10 ? They're somewhat adventurous. Is L'ami Jean loud enough ? Would love to try Lazare and David Toutain, but maybe not this time. I liked the idea about Pink Flamingo pizza on the banks of Canal St. Martin. How about La Grappe ? Coretta ? Thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. Le Rosa Bonheur in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont is young kid friendly on a Sunday afternoon ? Too cold to sit outside in April ?

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    1. re: Kimosabe99

      "Le Rosa Bonheur in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont is young kid friendly on a Sunday afternoon ?"
      ?
      "Too cold to sit outside in April ?"
      Depends on the day's weather.

      1. re: Parigi

        Am I reading the weather correctly ? 20 degrees and sunny next week ? Looks like we can spend lots of time outdoors.

        1. re: Kimosabe99

          Yup, it's been a weird winter & spring.

          1. re: John Talbott

            Great ideas on your blog John, thanks. Pirouette sounds great, also thinking Terroir Parisien on a Sunday ? We've lived in Tokyo where we ate well - any go to Japanese chefs in Paris cooking innovative French that you admire ?

            1. re: Kimosabe99

              Thanks for the kind words.
              As for "any go to Japanese chefs in Paris cooking innovative French that you admire"
              It's hard to give you the short list, there are so many now.but Les Enfants Rouges may be reservable for a few weeks until those pesky Yankees from the NYTimes article start flooding in.
              Es and the Blue Valentine still are moderately undiscovered, except by the young and indefatigable Parnassien.

          2. re: Kimosabe99

            Yup.
            Weather happens.

            1. re: Parigi

              Thanks Parigi, we'll hopelfully have some smiling kids on sunny days as evidence of a memorable vacances !

      2. Chalet des Iles in the Bois de Boulogne in the 16th. Kids love the adventure of getting there on a small boat.

        In the 7th, La Fr├ęgate brasserie on the rue du Bac @ the quai Voltaire. Fab views of river, Tuileries, and Louvre.

        Coretta not really suitable for the under 10s.

        How well-behaved/ restaurant-trained are the kids ?

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        1. re: Parnassien

          Thanks Parnassien, only concern is the two-turning three year old, she can be a wild card if she's tired. We have a good restaurant kit for her, we'll see. Hopefully she's tired by dinner and we can enjoy. Thanks for the suggestions above - adventures are good, we want them to have indelible memories !

          1. re: Kimosabe99

            "three year old, she can be a wild card if she's tired."
            French restaurateurs dote on children, but they, and the other diners, do expect you to take them out for a walk when they (the children, not the diners) scream. --This seems to be somewhat of a cultural divide.

            "We have a good restaurant kit for her, we'll see. Hopefully she's tired by dinner and we can enjoy."

            The last tired kid at my dining party started doing lots of things that bored kids do, instead of becoming quiet. After spitting on table and wall, she started running around in the small bistro. For some reasons, her parents, who already had taken the child out on an all-day museum tour and did not have a restaurant kit and did not want to take the little antichrist out. I performed a public service and took her out. The second we were outside, she became a quiet, lovely angel.
            That experience made me a child-friendly but parent-hostile diner. :(

            1. re: Parigi

              ""We have a good restaurant kit for her,"
              As I've said before, having hosted kids and grandkids here from 3 months to 51 years old for 25 years, one needs "kits" from crayons, to stickers, to game-boys, to jump-ropes to iPads.

        2. so we had a good week - weather was glorious and hot ! the kids really enjoyed the area along the Seine between the Musee D'Orsay and Quai Branly; there are lots of fun things going on there on the weekend, with lots of other kids. Rosa Bonheur (based on the original in Parc des Buttes Chaumont) has opened a pop-up location here, which is a nice place to sit and watch the world pass by on a Sunday afternoon. We ate at La Fregate on Rue Du Bac - food not really that memorable, but location was great given unpredictable weather that day. You have many places close by to choose from for the afternoon itinerary. We had a fun dinner at the Mini Palais; they had set up rally cars inside the Grand Palais, and that was cool, plus the food actually holds up well to the gorgeous location on the porch outside in the fading light. One of the tragedies of the trip was that we made it to Pirouette with great anticipation for a relaxing and relatively quiet, late lunch just as our youngest fell asleep, but the kitchen closes at 2pm so we could only stare dreamily as the chef sat outside ordering his menu for the next few days. Oh well. BTW, GROM gelato on Rue De Seine in the 6th makes any kid happy !

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          1. re: Kimosabe99

            Nice to know you had a good week.
            "we made it to Pirouette with great anticipation for a relaxing and relatively quiet, late lunch just as our youngest fell asleep, but the kitchen closes at 2pm so we could only stare dreamily as the chef sat outside ordering his menu for the next few days."
            You made a reservation at 2pm and they did not serve you That is unacceptable. I am very surprised.

            1. re: Parigi

              Great report - and that area by the Seine is lively with quite a few pop-ups

              The Pirouette experience sounds more like a walk in - if it is a valuable lesson about Paris. Restaurants don't stay open all day and close after the lunch service. In this case Pirouette's hours are 12:00 to 14:00 and 19:30 to 22:30. Like most restaurants I would assume last orders is 30 mins before the stated closing time.

              1. re: Parigi

                No, sadly we just walked up after 2:30pm without a reservation, it was our bad luck !

                1. re: Kimosabe99

                  Sigh. Going to Pirouette at 2:30pm and being turned away is many things but is not bad luck.

              2. re: Kimosabe99

                Thanks for your reporting back with your realities. La Frigate is a great place, exactly as you describe. I enjoyed a lovely intimate lunch with my d-i-l. A threatening day, we opted to take a window seat INSIDE. Within minutes, a thunderstorm sent the terrasse diners scurrying inside. Menu was simple and not expensive, service pampering, food quality what one would expect: correct but not more.
                Sidewalk seating provides the same moderate food plus extraordinary people watching.

              3. To come back to Pirouette, upthread.
                Eight of us ate there today with two kids aged 7, granted they are well-traveled and come from an Anglo-Syrian family and chef Tomy Gousset offered to cook them a special meal of beef and potatoes and rice pudding (which is on the regular carte) and all seemed happy, as were we. Indeed, Gousset is one of the un or under-recognized talents around today. Great ideas, combos and preps.

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                1. re: John Talbott

                  Good to hear - I enjoyed it enormously - agree Gousset is good.