Paris on Christmas Eve
Posted 23 November 2011 - 12:42 PM
I have tried looking around a bit here on the forum, but couldn't find any information newer than 2009, so I thought I should open a new thread.
Posted 23 November 2011 - 03:04 PM
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Posted 24 November 2011 - 04:20 AM
I have checked out a few places so far, most of them are not open on the 24th. I have a confirmed table at Le Procope, but I am a little skeptical of the place since I have a feeling it might be more of a tourist trap than a good restaurant. Any opinions?
I've also received a confirmation from Chez Francoise close to Invalides, but they want 80 euros to secure a table, and haven't replied to my inquiry on whether this is a non-refundable deposit, or if it will be subtracted from the final bill. I have read that the restaurant scene in Paris can be rather empty around Xmas time, so maybe it's worth taking a chance on just going without a reservation if they actually want 80 Euros in addition to the food?
Posted 24 November 2011 - 07:10 AM
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Posted 28 November 2011 - 07:13 AM
I would counsel against Le Procope. Your suspicion was correct, it's a real tourist trap.
The best options that I've seen thus far are Au Petit Marguery and Bar le Passage, but there's a good list here that provides numerous options at various price points, with all information confirmed this week.
Hope you find something nice!
Edited by mzimbeck, 28 November 2011 - 07:14 AM.
Posted 28 November 2011 - 08:53 AM
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Posted 28 November 2011 - 01:17 PM
We have settled for L'Atelier du Parc which looks promising, it has extremely good ratings on tripadvisor, which I guess is a good sign unless they have spent a lot of energy on faking 200+ ratings. I've also noticed that they offer all their menus on Christmas Eve, not just a set special menu, which I understand is a very rare thing. I also got a confirmation email from Les Cocottes earlier today, but we'd rather check it out some other day since we've been there before.
Posted 29 November 2011 - 02:51 PM
The location of this restaurant leaves a lot to be desired. Also, I find it hard to rely on Trip Advisor reviews; unfortunately there's a lot of ill informed junk in them.
I'd take a closer look at the list by Meg up above or have a look at Paris by Mouth. I think you'd be better served by something on these lists.
No ax to grind here, but I'd hate to see you & yours disappointed.
Posted 29 November 2011 - 03:12 PM
I thought the Paris by Mouth list was a very good one, with a lot of variety because people are looking for different things. (Chowhound, too).
Hope you have a wonderful holiday!
Posted 30 November 2011 - 10:19 AM
Oh, yes, I am aware that it's not related to other ateliers. Hehe. Thanks. :)
Edited by Vooon, 30 November 2011 - 10:19 AM.
Posted 07 January 2012 - 09:50 AM
For starters we got an aperitif which we believe was champagne mixed with cherry liqueur, the (surprise) starter was a magnificent shot of celery soup, I had oysters for second starter, and the pot au feu as main dish, for dessert we could choose chocolate or mascparone yule log (can't remember the french spelling). My wife had salmon with eggs, mushrooms and pink potato puree for starter, and stuffed turkey for main, both excellent. At last home made cookies with the bill, we were too full to try more than a little taste of them.
Oysters was a bit of a gamble on my part, since I'd never tried before (but was determined to during our trip), and found the experience both interesting and challenging, ended up enjoying the plain ones best after trying with lemon juice or some kinda garlic/chili oil mix.
I think the final bill landed on 130-140 euros incl a glass of wine each, tips included. The service was excellent.
I'm glad we checked out the place, and didn't go for eg. Les Cocottes, their Xmas menu was very disappointing (although we had great meals here before and after the Xmas weekend).