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Jun 13, 2014 02:41 AM

thoughts on itinerary


My partner and I are travelling to Paris in the next few weeks and will be there from Thursday - Sunday.

My plans at the moment are as follows, but I would appreciate your thoughts and input on the same.

Thursday Dinner - Chez L'Ami Jean - I made a reservation here but due to my lack of French and their broken English, I am not sure whether they got the correct date. Is there anyway this can be checked in writing because I am not sure another call would solve it unless it was from a French Speaker.

Friday Lunch - Le Meurice - I wanted to visit a 3 star place and although there are places which are higher in my list purely from a gastronomic point of view, I think Meurice may fit the overall bill of the best experience, the grand dining room is very much a factor.

Friday Dinner - Le Calife Boat trip on the Seine. Does anyone have thoughts or experiences on this?

Saturday Lunch - La Truffiere - any thoughts?

Saturday Dinner - this is my biggest issue. We will be meeting my parents for this meal and one of them isn’t very adventurous in terms of food. I am proposing La Ferrandaise as it seems to be reasonably priced and has decent reviews. Does anyone have any thoughts on this or even another place. Looking for something fairly simple and not too expensive - say 50-60 Euros per head to include food and maybe a little wine.

Sunday - I propose to go the the market at Bastille on the Sunday and pick up provisions for a picnic. This will avoid trying to find somewhere open on a Sunday and will be a lot cheaper I hope.

Thanks in advance :)

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  1. Re l'Ami Jean... if staying in a hotel, ask your concierge to confirm your rezzie.

    Re Le Meurice... new chef and cuisine is now almost impeccable... ignore reviews more than 6 months old.

    Re La Truffière... incredible but expensive wine list and pairings... very much the place for wine lovers and maybe a mismatch if you are not ... the 38 € lunch special doesn't really show off the excellent cooking but not bad.

    Re La Ferrandaise... great price/ quality ratio. As an alternative at a similar price point in Saint Germain des Prés, la Cuisine de Philippe has a very good updated trad menu that's easily likeable (lots of tourists... but that's almost inevitable on a Saturday night at most places in Saint Germain des Prés). If you are willing to gamble on the weather, the lovely terrace of La Cigale-Récamier (soufflé specialist) will certainly appeal to the parents as well.

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    1. re: Parnassien

      My thoughts on La Truffiere completely mirror those of Parnassien.
      Only time l had to take a cab home in decades of Paris as waaay too much wonderful and unusual wines.

    2. The Sunday Market is truly fabulous - - - tons of fruits and vegies; amazing cheeses, butchers chopping up pigs . . . We saw some great-looking Lebanese dishes; wound up buying some Brest chickens . . . . some chicken, some cheese, some bread, a nice bottle of wine . . . . you'll dine grandly and very reasonably.

      1. thanks for the help so far!!

        Does anyone have any thoughts on Le Taillevent 110 instead of La Ferrandaise?

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        1. re: arthur44

          Very different places: Ferrandaise old-feel bistro, 100 new-feel restaurant.

          1. re: John Talbott

            John, how has Ferrandaise held up? We went several times (4 or 5) when it first opened but were increasingly dissatisfied with our plates and found the service nil. Finally DH asked, "Why are we here?"

            Has it recovered or improved in the last couple of years?

            1. re: mangeur

              I too stopped going so I don't know except from reports.