Returning to Paris in September and have 4 nights to dine.
Generally prefer seafood leaning menus with lighter saucing. We always do dinner, no lunch.
Previous favories included Granite, La Condessa, David Toutan, Sola, Virtus.
Pages (because we always go to Pages and love it)
Alliance (is that too much the same as Pages?)
Le Sergent Recruteur
Ze Kitchen Gallerie (loved it in 2011)
Suggestions and critique most welcome.
Had a splendid meal at Ze Kitchen Galerie in June. I also had dined there early in the restaurant’s history. I don’t think much (anything?) has changed, so if you are looking for newly creative, it’s not really the spot for that. But if you want well-prepared, Asian-accented fish and seafood (mostly), then this is a very fine choice. N.B. I don’t know what they were doing back in 2011, but they now (at dinner anyway), offer only a short (5 courses) or a long (7 courses) tasting menu. We were four, and three of us had the long; one (the pescatarian) had the short. We all had a wonderful evening.
For fish, our current favorite is Les Parisiens- just listen to Parn and not Lobrano and focus on the fish (well, and the desserts) there. It is at the top of my must return list, and in fact we’ve gone twice on each of our past two visits (for lunch it’s a steal).
We did Origines last fall for dinner and it was indeed very good, but not inexpensive.
Our visits to Alliance, and Pages were both at lunch. We much much preferred our meal at Alliance. I’ll note that I’ve never been there for dinner, and other commenters on this board have said they don’t like it as much at dinner.
I very much enjoyed our dinner at Pantagruel, but it too is not inexpensive.
Besides Les Parisiens and lunch at Alliance, our other favorite meal this past trip was dinner at another Parn rec, Perception. I believe the chef previously worked at Ze Kitchen Galerie. Better value than Origines and Pantagruel, IMO, and I liked that it was a bit “different”. But YMMV based both on your tastes and what they’re serving that night.
It was the first time we’d ever been to Pages. It was just my wife and myself. I very much enjoyed the room, and we thoroughly enjoyed the meal. But little about it was memorable or stood out.
Montee and Alliance have been our two favorite French-by-a-Japanese-chef places for a while. Went to Montee last fall and not Alliance, and found it not quite up to previous levels, though that could have been a one off. This time at Alliance, we were celebrating my daughter’s birthday, and a friend of hers was with us as well.
The service was excellent and noteworthy - one waiter was fantastic and playful, one was excellent, while with the service from the third waitress, I was able to explain for my daughter by example the meaning of the French word correct.
The foie gras cone that was part of the amuse was fantastic, and even the bread was noteworthy, as were the mignardises. It’s quite possible that the rest of the food was no more than on par with Pages, but our overall experience was much greater at Alliance, and it is now alone on the top of our list of such restaurants to return to.
That said, YMMV, and I’d urge you again to search this board for the comments about Alliance at dinner.
Haven’t been to the first 2, but if it’s any help we also liked Granite a lot. Sergent Recruteur is a bit less creative but exceptional quality. Not interested in Alliance because we avoid tasting menus, not to mention it’s quite expensive. Perception is less so but also a tasting menu. We much prefer to choose our dishes and share them. Dishes on tasting menus tend to be less adventurous than what we would pick.
@beam. Can’t say for sure because I have never had a meal at Perception in hot weather but I doubt if it is has a/c. Because it has a Michelin star (facilities/ amenities count in the star-awarding game), Alliance is probably air-conditioned… and you need at be cool as a cucumber when presented with the shocking bill for dinner. FWIW, I’d rather sweat at Perception.