Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Trip Report Paris - Delish Dining Report

Jump to last reply

We just returned from Paris and had some exquisite meals as well as some key learnings. I always read Fodors Forums before my trip (even if I don't post much anymore), so here is my contribution.

The first night, we did not have reservations, as we thought we may not beat jet lag. As it turns out, we had plenty of energy, we were giddy with being again in Paris, after 10 years, in the city that I studied abroad as a college student 15 years prior, celebrating our 10th-year anniversary, in a completely adult vacation without our kids (which we love and adore, but boy, were we glad they weren't with us!).

Anyways, we set off to Cafe Constant in the 7th. Arrived at 8:15 pm on a Tuesday to a full restaurant. Not wanting to wait, and aware of other good choices in the 'hood, we went to Chez L'Ami Jean. Also full. Kept walking down the street to L'Affriole. Yup, you guessed it, also full. Isn't there a recession going on? Ah, but this is Pareeeee, and everyone eats out. All the time. Recession or not, the French are clearly not cutting out the "gastro" from their weekly budgets. Getting savvier, we phoned ahead to Pasco, on 74, Bd de la Tour- Maubourg (www.restaurantpasco.com), and snagged a table, perhaps even the last one, because after we arrived other people were turned away. Lesson #1: Get reservations! Otherwise, you may risk dining in the type of establishment that makes you wonder why French food is so popular.

I ordered the prix fixe menu (for 28 E), comprised of a romaine salad with octopus in a mayo, a roasted cornish hen with grapes, and some type of decadent pear with chocolate and hazelnut ice cream. Le husband ordered the Daurade special - a whole fish with a side of vegetables en papillote (26 E) and the Moelleux au chocolat, also with hazelnut ice cream. We ordered a white wine, even though we're not usually white wone drinkers, but by this point, we are starting to feel the effects of jet lag. Everything was delish, nicely presented, in a beautiful environment, and with good service to boot. Unfortunately, the portions were tres petite (hey, I'm 4'11 and 114 pounds, if I say portions are small, they ARE small). Out of the 6 places we ate, this was our 5th favorite (it was up against some tough competition). Despite it being 5th, it was still very good.

More to come, demain, I promise!

49 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Fodor's Go List 2015 Has Been Announced
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Dec 19, 14 at 05:08 PM
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Suggestion for travel memories
  2. 2 Would you recommend Sicily only or Puglia also for a 14-day trip?
  3. 3 Italy trip questions
  4. 4 Italy/Austria/Germany/France
  5. 5 Trip Report Truffles, Tajarin & Turin…Two weeks in the Piemonte Region of Italy
  6. 6 Two Weeks in Italy: Umbria, Tuscany, Piedmont Itinerary Help
  7. 7 Budget family trip to Europe
  8. 8 1st time in Paris - apartment advice
  9. 9 From Paris to Bruselas-Amsterdam-London
  10. 10 Pyrenees logistics
  11. 11 FCO-area hotel advice, family of 4 with young children
  12. 12 Italy
  13. 13 Azores
  14. 14 How highly would you prioritize Portugal?
  15. 15 Honeymoon in the Alps (with skiing)
  16. 16 8 Days in Switzerland for the non skier
  17. 17 Driving in Italy
  18. 18 Andalucia by car or train???? please help
  19. 19 Trip Report Two Weeks in France, reposting TR
  20. 20 Taormina to Palermo
  21. 21 Spain - car rental, bus or train?
  22. 22 Travelling from Paris to Madrid
  23. 23 Hotel or B&B Recommendations for Chamonix, Lyon & Paris
  24. 24 Our first Europe Trip Planning
  25. 25 Side trip from Chamonix in January
View next 25 » Back to the top