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tuscanlifeedit Jun 24th, 2014 09:25 AM

Paris dining question

We will be looking for a meal in Paris, basically between lunch and dinner.

We will arrive at Orly from Nice at 1PM, have to get to and check in our apartment in the 6th, and then a ballet performance at 7:30, not leaving us much time at all.

My original plan was to go to l'As du Fallafel, which I love, but this is a Friday and they will most likely be closed, especially for sit down, but the time we would get there.

I tried to research this on, but it seems that eating outside of lunch and dinner meal times is frowned upon by most of the folks there. Very few reasonable suggestions were found after a serious search.

We will be hungry. We will have been traveling and in a couple of airports. We will want food, and decent food at that.

Does anyone have suggestions for me?

We will go out afterwards but we will still need a meal before the ballet.

Gretchen Jun 24th, 2014 09:27 AM

Just go to a neighborhood café/brasserie and have a ham sandwich or onion soup.

StCirq Jun 24th, 2014 09:34 AM

Or a Monoprix or Franprix or boulangerie or alimentaire and grab a sandwich. I don't see this as an issue - there will be food nearby somewhere.

sandralist Jun 24th, 2014 09:48 AM

Any chance you can pay your apartment landlords something extra to shop and stock the fridge for you with high quality foods and a bottle of wine? Pate, cheese, fresh bread and seasonal something ((apples in autumn, tomatoes in summer). If they are coming over to let you in they might be willing to do it. That way you can relax and just go to the ballet, and have dinner after.

MmePerdu Jun 24th, 2014 09:50 AM

It's been a several decades since I bothered researching restaurants in Paris (Where can I find coal in Newcastle?) Food is everywhere, all the time. Start walking from wherever you are and I guarantee you won't go hungry. You may even run across a real find that you can come back here to report and be a hero (heroine?).

sandralist Jun 24th, 2014 09:56 AM

Also, the Paris By Mouth website lists these places as serving continuously throughout the day. Maybe one works for you as either being close to your apartment or on your way to the ballet

sandralist Jun 24th, 2014 10:17 AM

OP wrote:

"We will want food, and decent food at that. "

If the screen name indicates having spent a lot of time eating in Italy, supermarket sandwiches or any old "food everywhere" may not cut it. (Don't get mad at her. I wrote that.)

justineparis Jun 24th, 2014 10:29 AM

"a lot of time eating in Italy " that's funny.. I do not think that's a bonus.. the food is better in France to me!!!

Braserries serve all day long.. continuous service.

kerouac Jun 24th, 2014 10:57 AM

Léon de Bruxelles will be open. They have a location right at metro Mabillon.

tuscanlifeedit Jun 24th, 2014 11:02 AM

No, I'm not the type to just find an open place and pop in. I do research restaurants for every trip to Paris and make careful decisions. I'm not the least bit worried about food being available, but I am looking for recommendations for a restaurant where we can have a good meal outside of regular lunch and dinner hours.

I've had extremely disappointing meals in Paris, and in France too, although my experience in the rest of the country isn't that wide.

I have spent an outrageous amount of time eating in Italy and for the most part, I've eaten some fantastically delicious food there.

I know that brasseries are open all day, but I was hoping someone would have a favorite.

I wont be eating supermarket sandwiches, although I might go for a sandwich now and then. At this point I'm looking for a meal (maybe hot) in the middle of a long day of moving cities and then heading to the theater.

I don't get much feedback on any of my reports here, but I do try to always talk about restaurants and give brief dining reports, so you might find recs under my name if you're looking.

sandraslist, I've been on Paris by Mouth but didn't see that link. Thank you very much.

FrenchMystiqueTours Jun 24th, 2014 11:15 AM

Besides Leon de Bruxelles (which has very good moules frites) you can try Hippopotamus (AOC certified beef). I know some may look down their noses at the suggestion of eating at a chain restaurant during their Paris stay but the food at these two places is probably better than what you'll find at most (certainly not all) places that do service continu. I find the beef at Hippopotamus to be excellent and their entrées and deserts are very good too and well presented. Don't knock it until you've tried it.

Gretchen Jun 24th, 2014 11:30 AM

Hmmm. I also research food carefully while travelling. Sorry to have not come to your expectations.
Leon's is a good suggestion if you succumb to mussels as we do. Otherwise, for cafes that are open all day and night and serve good food, and especially mussels, try Maison Blanche across the street from the Gare du Nord.
Fortunately we have had pretty good luck popping into a local café--and my suggestion for a jambon was not a supermarket. But I guess you don't do those either.

Gretchen Jun 24th, 2014 11:31 AM

And the two brasseries at Ecole Militaire are quite passable. How about a Flo? Beneath you?

tuscanlifeedit Jun 24th, 2014 11:43 AM

Gretchen, I didn't mean to sound snobby, just as I'm sure you didn't mean to sound dismissive. Internet, you know.

I do like mussels. I like frites, too.

I eat on a budget and nothing but tasteless and/or mediocre food are beneath me, especially when I have saved and worked toward a vacation. Eating is one of my favorite travel pursuits.

I find that my budget is the thing that drives my need to research. On our first trip to Paris, we had a Rick Steves guide and ate abysmal food at least once. On our last trip, my husband dragged me in to an inexpensive lunch place, and it too was nasty. That is why I like to have recommendations and names before I eat.

We only have 4 nights in Paris; three and half days, so I do want to make the most of the dining experiences. We will have been on the go for the previous 9 days, and expect to eat much more casually.

flygirl Jun 24th, 2014 12:04 PM

Where in the 6th and is your ballet at the Opera Garnier?

I think Les Editeurs is probably open continuously. Or, you could walk up to Gerard Mulot and get a sandwich and some treats to nosh on.

RoamEurope Jun 24th, 2014 12:07 PM

Tough question if you are really looking to find a fantastic place in advance (I confess to having the same approach as you!).I know several of the cafes on Rue Buci are open if that is near your apartment. Several are solid including Cafe le conti and Cafe de Paris. Not spectacular but solid. My favorite place in that area is the creperie Little Breizh in the alley off Buci. In that alley are several more decent options if open.

La Jacobine is near there (different alley off of St Andre d'Arts. I think it may be open also. It gets great reviews but I had a comically awful failed attempt to get in over several hours one night... so can't vouch for the food. Next time maybe.

The bonus of this area is gelato (amorino and grom) but even more importantly, the great coffee of Malongo.

Good luck.

tuscanlifeedit Jun 24th, 2014 12:15 PM

flygirl: in the 6th on rue St Andre des Arts, about half way down the street, as far as I can tell. And yes, we are going to the Opera Garnier.

RoamEurope: hideously, I am now not allowed to eat ice cream, after some iffy kidney tests. Ah well...

I'm glad you have my approach to eating in Paris. I honestly do want the very best that I can afford. I kind of plan and hope for it between trips.

I will look up your recs. Thank you.

flygirl Jun 24th, 2014 12:32 PM

I went to Da Rosa for a late nibble a few weeks ago. It is tapas and Patricia Wells likes it. I imagine it's open around 4-5 PM although I'd check the website first. It's on Rue de Seine very near Rue de Buci.

flygirl Jun 24th, 2014 12:34 PM

ps. I should have said late lunch nibble. It was probably around 3 PM or so.

nytraveler Jun 24th, 2014 12:35 PM

I don't think the OP has a problem with a casuale cafe for a quick lunch - but it appears that this would be their main meal of the day and they want something more and preferably a hot meal in a real restaurant.

Sorry I can't help I have found France to be a PIA in this situation - coming from a place where there are a number of real restaurants open all day.

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