Paris Restaurant - Special Occassion

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Aug 3rd, 2012, 11:42 AM
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Paris Restaurant - Special Occassion

We are going to be in Paris in September for 5 days. One night, we would like to enjoy a nice meal. We are staying in the Marais but are very comfortable taking the Metro. We are willing to pay up to 100 euros per person excluding wine. Any recommendations? Thanking you in advance.
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Aug 3rd, 2012, 12:00 PM
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A foodie favorite:

http://www.monjul.com/

In your neighborhood and well below your budget. Is this the kind of place you want?

...and some English language reviews:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restauran...de_France.html
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Aug 3rd, 2012, 02:27 PM
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We celebrated a special occasion at Les Ombres atop the Musee du Quai Branly. It was just a beautiful experience, especially after dark when the Eiffel Tower was lit.....
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Aug 4th, 2012, 12:42 PM
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Hi By

>we would like to enjoy a nice meal. ... We are willing to pay up to 100 euros per person excluding wine.<

You can get a nice meal for much less than that.

You can get a very nice meal for less than that.

You can get a very good meal for about that.

You can get a really good meal for about 300E for 2.

Which do you want?

Have you considered lunch at Taillevent? 3* dining at 2* prices.
100E pp/wines.

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Aug 4th, 2012, 12:56 PM
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yes, if you are prepared to do lunch, there are some "bargains" - eg lunch at le cinq for €95 each , as well as the one mentioned by Ira and [on weekdays] several more.

have a look at lafourchette.fr
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Aug 8th, 2012, 01:57 PM
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Thank you, everyone, for your feedback. We always appreciate it. Another quick question. As we are staying in the Marais, has anyone eaten at Monjul? Thanks again.
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Aug 8th, 2012, 06:29 PM
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Take a look at Reed in the 7th! A new fav for us, great food, charming restaurant and not expensive. It's small but not crowded and Catherine Reed (chef/owner) is lovely! I still dream of the risotto I had there back in November.
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Aug 8th, 2012, 06:36 PM
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Do you want someplace intimate and romantic, or a classic Parisian experience (good food, bustling atmosphere)? If the latter, it's hard to go wrong with Le Train Bleu or Bofinger (and for a lot less than your price point).
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Aug 8th, 2012, 09:31 PM
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We celebrated my sister's birthday at Le Train Bleu a few years ago--loved it. The September evening was mild and the windows were open wide. The food was good and desserts divine. At a table near us a French family was celebrating a wedding making the place feel very festive. It is a favorite memory of our family.
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Aug 10th, 2012, 04:54 AM
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Great suggestions by all. Any more reasonable recommendations are appreciated. We a there for 5 days. Still not comments on Monjul as an option one night. It gets great reviews through other sites so we wondered.

We always appreciate everyone's comments. Thanks so much.
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Aug 10th, 2012, 05:32 AM
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I have to agree that Le Train Bleu was a fantastic experience.

We love the room at L'Ilot Vache on Ile St.Louis. We have been there 3 times on different trips and always enjoyed it. at around 38 Euros for a 3 course meal it was a good deal. Here's some photos and reviews.

http://restaurant-ilotvache.com/inde...o=presentation

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restauran...de_France.html
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Aug 10th, 2012, 05:35 AM
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Oddly, as a "foodie favorite", one might expect it to have been mentioned in this forum. As search indicates that this is the first mention. After nearly 30 years of eating wonderfully in Paris, this is the first I have heard of it.

If you like fusion cuisine, try Ze Kitchen Gallerie in the 6th. It is a one star and the food is inventive and delicious.
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Aug 12th, 2012, 06:02 PM
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TPAYT--We have a favorite lunch place on the Ile St. Louis, now I am wondering how we missed L'Ilot Vache. The Menu looks like a good deal and I love the room. Bookmarking for a future visit.
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Aug 13th, 2012, 11:46 AM
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A few more questions as we check out some places for lunch.

What are your thoughts on Chez L 'Ami Jean, Les Papilles, Les Cocottes de Christian Constant?

Thanks so much.
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Aug 13th, 2012, 02:15 PM
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I've been to Chez L'Ami Jean and enjoyed it. They're changing format in September so I think dinner will be more fitting for a special occasion meal http://thepariskitchen.com/2012/07/c...new-lami-jean/ I think lunch is staying the same for now. We went for lunch and my full report including several other restaurants is here http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...rip-report.cfm
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Aug 13th, 2012, 02:39 PM
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Patty, very interesting write up. Thank you so much.
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Aug 13th, 2012, 03:27 PM
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Another vote for Le Train Bleu.
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Aug 14th, 2012, 12:25 PM
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When we were in Paris two years ago in October, we were lucky to go up to Sacre Couer and there was a festival going on. Vendors were selling foie gras, etc. It was great. And the foie gras was very reasonable. We bout a few cans to take home. Now we know it is not like the fresh foie gras but it was quite nice. Any suggestions where we will find these when we go this time? We are in Burgundy the week before so we are thinking we will find them out in the small villages. We did buy some in small delis in Paris but they were a lot more than at the festival. Thanks again.
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Aug 14th, 2012, 01:02 PM
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We spent 10 days in Paris in May, and travel there frequently. Someone else recommended lunch at Taillevent, or another three star restaurant: this is an excellent idea. Whether or not lunch at a three star is within your budget, it is well-worth the time to research. The food at most of the three stars is sublime and a wonderful experience. Taillevent would be a excellent restaurant to consider, although the dinner experience is highly formal, and more so than in many other three stars. We ate lunch there in the 80s and I vaguely remember the same formality.

We returned to Guy Savoy for a 30th anniversary dinner ( the third time) and were disappointed. We had enjoyed perfect meals there on two pervious occasions but, while wonderful overall, some of the courses were not quite up to its three star reputation ( or our financial investment!). So..I would not consider lunch there. That said, we had dinner at Guy Savoy's " second" restaurant, Les Bouquinistes, in the 6th, which was superb in every way. Several of the same dishes on their menu were on the menu at Guy Savoy. That might be a perfect alternative. The dining room is pretty, small enough to be intimate, the food is sublime and the service excellent (and everyone is very friendly). We ate there many years ago when it was a less polished restaurant and were surprised and pleased to see how beautifully they had renovated the space. Same wonderful food both times!

In the 6th we can recommend Le Christine ( rue Christine) for outstanding food, a charming back room, attentive, friendly service and an interesting surrounding area in which to walk.

Good luck..there are a gazillion restaurants in Paris and everyone has their favorite!
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Aug 14th, 2012, 01:16 PM
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P.S: by highly formal I am not referring to dress ( which is a nice courtesy to observe when dining at a special restaurant), but rather to the overall atmosphere. This is not a negative, but rather something of which to be aware when considering your many options. What was nice about Taillevent was the very generous spacing among the tables. The dining room in which we were seated was hushed, and the waiters most formal in their bearing.
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