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Dress Code

You know what, never mind. I love my suits. I'll find room.

Oct 03, 2012
chicagoryan in France

Dress Code

I will be having lunch at Ledoyen next week (god it feels good to finally say next week!) I love jackets, suits, etc., I'm always if anything more formally dressed than 95% of men when we go out in Chicago. But for ease of packing reasons I am planning to take jackets but not suits on this trip. So I wanted to confirm that a jacket, dress shirt and nice JEANS with dress shoes would not be frowned on at Ledoyen at lunch. These are unfaded indigo jeans, properly fitting, and sans any "distress".

Merci!

Oct 02, 2012
chicagoryan in France

Le Restaurant at L'Hotel - thoughts?

I am definitely looking for recommendations (see my other thread posted last Thursday)! I am just trying to avoid being another new poster asking very general questions without doing my own research. Chiberta's web site makes it look great - thank you.

Based on your and John Talbott's responses, we will most likely steer clear of Le Restaurant for a splurge meal.

Sep 04, 2012
chicagoryan in France

Le Restaurant at L'Hotel - thoughts?

I've tried searching for information, but either this restaurant hasn't been discussed or the threads are hard to find due to the generic name. Pictures of the room and food look great, and it is a Michelin 1-star, but I haven't had much luck finding reviews. The 5/7 course menus with wine for 130/160E seem reasonable. Has anyone been there?

To clarify exactly which restaurant I'm talking about, it is in L'Hotel at 13 Rue Des Beaux-Arts in the 6th arr.
And here is a link to their website:
http://www.l-hotel.com/restaurant/int...

Thank you!

Sep 04, 2012
chicagoryan in France

2 nice dinner recs in Paris - lots of specifics inside!

My wife and I are going to Paris for the first time in early October, we will be there for a week. We're not going to go for 100+ euro tasting menus every night, but we would like one very nice, classic-to-slightly-modern French dining experience and one meal featuring more modern cooking and atmosphere. The rest of our meals we can figure out with chowhound and lots of other references, but I'm hoping that my detailed description of what we're after for these two meals will point us to a couple of really great experiences.

We live in Chicago; if you're familiar with the dining here, I'd say for the traditional meal we're looking for the quality of experience you would expect at Blackbird, for example. Polished, classy, detailed. If it turns out there's something more like an Alinea experience that fits the criteria below, well, then fan-freaking-tastic! The more modern meal can be funkier; degustation in NYC is one of our favorite places, Schwa and Avec in Chicago, flour+water in San Francisco, etc.

Courses/Timing: Prefer a multi-course tasting menu

Setting we imagine for the traditional meal: Romantic, memorable; something that sultrily whispers "Paris" in your ear; maybe something with opulence like L'Tour de Argent, or maybe something like the caves at La Truffiere (based only on pics, obviously). Setting might be all over the map for the modern meal. 12 seats at a bar around an open kitchen; reclaimed wood furniture, funky, stark...we're wide open.

Price: There's no hard budget, but we're thinking, including wine, less than 200 euros/person, and preferably more like 150 euros or less/pp.

And, of course, The Food: Nothing short of spectacular! That's why I'm here! :-)

We're in our 30's, staying in the Marais but we plan on being all over the city and are quite used to busses, trains and lots of walking.

Thanks, and sante'!

Aug 30, 2012
chicagoryan in France