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Passage 53 and Saturne Reservations

My wife and I are going to both of these restaurants (passage 53 and saturne), and we were wondering about the dress code. For guys, is a short sleeve polo shirt and nice jeans OK for dinner? I realize some folks like the spectacle of dressing up for dinner, but we are not in that group.

May 17, 2011
paris_nowthenlater in France

Good Places for Spanish Ham?

Hi all,

We will be in Paris for 6 days in May/June, and we have a lot of tasty places booked (thanks to chow hound!). We are, in my opinion, going to be too close to Spain to not get some Spanish ham. We don't want to take the train into Spain, so we are looking for some good places to go in Paris to get the best Spanish ham.

So, my question to you is... What are some good places in Paris to get the best Spanish ham (jamon iberico, etc.)

Thanks!

May 14, 2011
paris_nowthenlater in France

Last Trip Before Having Kids -- Would Love Your Help In Making It Special

Perrine,

Thanks for the response! I had not heard of this place before, but I will not definitely check it out. This is exactly why I posted on ChowHound!

May 06, 2011
paris_nowthenlater in France

Last Trip Before Having Kids -- Would Love Your Help In Making It Special

Whoops, totally forgot that. By casual I mean jeans, nice shoes, polo shirt and a sport jacket.

May 02, 2011
paris_nowthenlater in France

Last Trip Before Having Kids -- Would Love Your Help In Making It Special

Nancy, thanks so much for your response! Very helpful indeed.

Based on your ordering in your response, would you say that Passage 53 is your favorite of the places you listed?

Also, would you say that these places are fairly casual, or do they require some fancy attire? (I realize that a lot of folks enjoy dressing up for dinner, and some think it a shame to not dress up, but I'm just not one of those people)

I will search around about Saturna, Kei, and JFP to see what's been said about them.

Thanks again!

May 02, 2011
paris_nowthenlater in France

Last Trip Before Having Kids -- Would Love Your Help In Making It Special

nextguy, that is an amazing coincidence. I'd love to hear what restaurants are on your list that are not on ours.

May 02, 2011
paris_nowthenlater in France

Last Trip Before Having Kids -- Would Love Your Help In Making It Special

First, thank you very much for taking the time to respond. I understand everyone is busy with their lives, and they volunteer their time to help folks on this board.

I understand your points. I did actually read hundreds and hundreds of threads on the forum, not sure if you're implying I did not. I also did tons of searching throughout this forum... yes, I weighed the searches, and it was literally metric tons of searches :).

I understand that some, or most, of these restaurants have been discussed quite a bit, but not all of the restaurants have been. And furthermore, just because a restaurant has been discussed, say, 1000 times, those discussions occur over quite a number of years, and restaurants change in quality over time. Menus grow stale, chefs leave, etc. Gauging the opinion of experts "a la minute", as opposed to collecting past thoughts, is something I find very useful. A restaurant opinion is formed based upon a snapshot in time, or multiple snapshots in time, but always some discrete number of snapshots in time.

While I admit my post is long, I do ask for feedback on Paul Chene stating that I had done searches on Chowhound and TripAdvisor and I did not see any responses about that restaurant on this board. Any thoughts on Paul Chene? Or 7eme vin? Or L'Atelier du Parc?

May 02, 2011
paris_nowthenlater in France

Last Trip Before Having Kids -- Would Love Your Help In Making It Special

Thanks for the encouragement! Perhaps last hurrah is poor wording. Let's put it this way, we won't be travelling overseas for the next few years, and will focus our gastronomic adventures within the US :)

May 02, 2011
paris_nowthenlater in France

Last Trip Before Having Kids -- Would Love Your Help In Making It Special

After having read through hundreds and hundreds of threads on this forum, it seems that a common complaint of those giving advice on restaurants is that the folks seeking advice take from the forum, but do not give back. I realize that my post seeking advice seems like that type of scenario.

I can only think of one way to give back, and that is to do an extensive trip report when I get back home. I fully intend to do so, and I hope that is enough. We respect the opinions of the folks on this board very much, and would love to hear from you knowing we will give back as much as we can after our trip. Thanks!

May 02, 2011
paris_nowthenlater in France

Last Trip Before Having Kids -- Would Love Your Help In Making It Special

Hi all,

My wife and I are planning a combo trip of sorts to Paris in May. We are celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary, and this is also our last hurrah, if you will, before having kids. We will be in Paris from Monday, 23 May to Sunday, 29 May. When we travel, we focus on food and wine. Everything else is merely to fill time between great meals :) We would love to get your help in picking out the places we eat.

We're not too worried about breakfast as we've found some great lists of pastry shops and bakeries (including souphie's great Google Map!!!).

Our current reservations are:

- 7eme Vin for dinner
- Paul Chene for dinner
- Spring for dinner

That's clearly not enough to fill 6 days. We won't want both lunch and dinner reservations on each day, as we still need to be able to walk after the trip! But, we'd like to get as much booked as possible.

Before the two questions, a bit about us: While price is not a huge issue, we would prefer not to consistently dine at 150+ Euro per person places. We're very informal folks in that we may get dressed up for dinner once or twice on a vacation, otherwise we prefer to dress casual while dining. We are also looking for a good variety of places representative of the various French regional cuisines. Our hotel is at the top of 15e, near 7e.

Two topics on which we'd love your expert feedback on:

1) Any thoughts on our current reservations? Paul Chene is very popular on TripAdvisor, but I do not see any real feedback on it in my searching through the Chowhound forums (and I've done tons of searching on this forum!).

2) We are considering booking perhaps 3-5 of the following places, and we would love to hear your thoughts on which you might choose from this list given the description of ourselves above:
- L'Atelier du Parc
- L'Atelier du Joel Robuchon (Saint Germain)
- Guy Savoy
- Frenchie (been calling two weeks straight to no avail :( )
- Chez L'Ami Jean (seems great, but being elbow to elbow is not too appealing)
- Le Chateaubriand
- La Petite Chais
- Ze Kitchen Galerie
- Passage 53
- L'Epigramme
- Cocottes by christian constant
- Afaria
- L’Epicuriste
- Le Grand Pan
- Le Troquet
- Le Cinq
- Aux Lyonnais

Thanks in advance for any and all help you can provide. This board is fantastic!!!

May 01, 2011
paris_nowthenlater in France