Le Sargent Recruteur: Elegant Dining on Ile Saint Louis

Restaurant: Le Sargent Recruteur Area: Ile Saint Louis Come for: Gourmet French Specialties: Fancy French dishes beautifully plated -- turbot, pigeon, lamb, caviar, foie gras Best for: Romantic/business/celebratory dinner Price: $$$$ // 40 euros per main, or 59 euros for prix-fixe menu (entrée/plat/dessert) Service: Very slow What we had: Foie gras with fig; turbot with carrots and orange sauce; stuffed lamb with an olive crust and polenta; cheese plate (camembert, brie, two types of goat, bleu d'avergne) A little taste: We came to Le Sargent Recruteur to celebrate my husband's mom's birthday with his brother and sister-in-law. ... [Read More]

Season: Fresh, Healthy Café Near République

Restaurant: Season Area: 3ème arrondissement (near République) Come for: Healthy Asian-fusion Specialties: Fresh pressed juice, salads, vegetarian, gluten-free Best for: Lunch with friends Price: $-$$ // 14 euros per main, decent portions Service: Harried and slow but friendly What we had: Green pizza (pesto made with arugula and pistachio, ricotta and mozzarella) salmon salad (marinated salmon, mango, ginger, beet shoots, squash, arugula); vegetarian bun (rice noodles with grilled tofu, carrots, cauliflower, red onions, coriander and mint); green juice (kale, spinach, apple, lemon and ginger) A little taste: This restaurant ... [Read More]

Cinq-Mars: Romantic Traditional French Dinner Near the Musée D’Orsay

Restaurant: Cinq-Mars Area: 7ème arrondissement Come for: Traditional French Specialties: Blanquette de veau; pot-au-feu (quintessential French beef stew) Best for: Romantic dinner Price: $$ // 20 euros per main, generous portions Service: Attentive and friendly What we had: Hard boiled eggs with mayonnaise sauce (sort of like deviled eggs); veal blanquette (blanquette de veau--a very traditional French dish with a thick cream sauce and veggies); lamb stew with tomatoes (similar to tagine); mont blanc (super-sugary chestnut puree topped with whipped cream and caramelized nuts) A little taste: Looking for a dinner spot near the ... [Read More]

Le Comptoir: Cozy Terrace for a Drink in Odéon

Restaurant: Le Comptoir du Relais Area: 6ème arrondissement Come for: A twist on traditional French Specialties: Salads; grilled meats (chicken, salmon, steak); cheese Best for: Business lunch or drinks Price: $$$ // 20 euros per main; small portions Service: Prompt and businesslike What we ate: "Gourmande" salad with green beans, artichokes and foie gras; seared tuna with roasted veggies (beets, squash); yogurt with a fresh cherry "jam" A little taste: As far as food goes, Le Comptoir's was average and on the pricier side. That said, the restaurant--part of a four-star hotel in the heart of Odéon--has a heated terrace...a great ... [Read More]

Shiki: Traditional Japanese in Boulogne

Restaurant: Shiki Area: Boulogne Come for: Traditional Japanese (not a sushi restaurant) Specialties: Bento box; French-influenced traditional Japanese (like oysters grilled with miso and garlic; tuna tartare with spicy miso; pan-fried fatty teriyaki tuna) Best for: Casual dinner with friends Price: $$ // 20 euros per main; big portions Service: Friendly but a little slow What we ate: Bento box: miso soup; an amuse bouche of bonite sashimi; assorted sashimi; fried chicken; cooked salmon marinated in ginger and soy sauce; rice A little taste: The restaurant had the most Japanese diners I've seen in one place in Paris, speaking in ... [Read More]