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]

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]