This is serious stuff.
Thing is, Paris has so many great eating options that I never want to eat at the same place twice. But I have my well trodden path now and find it hard to get away from the places that I love.
I keep promising that I will find new places to eat, but I never do. It's turning into a crisis, as everytime I get a visitor, or go out for dinner with a date, I always end up at the same places. I'm going to tell you my favourites in a minute, but please, dear readers, please tell me of other great spots in Paris to eat.
For Japanese and Korean food, I love Japkora near the Theatre du Chatelet. Their Bipimbap takes some beating. The only time I've ever had better Bipimbap was in Business Class on Korean Airlines flying to Fiji. Yes, I know. That's as weird as it sounds.
If it's a revolving sushi conveyor, then the Matsuri chain gets my vote - especially the branch at the rue du Bac. Really great mid-shopping treat and the biggest toilet seat I've ever seen..
For Vietnamese, then it's hard to beat the seedy, down at heel Dong Huong in Belleville. A favourite for years now, this place does the best Bo Bun in the city. For 8 euros, I'm not complaining. Even when they send you to sit in the sandwich shop next door and bring your order up the street with a teatowel covering it.
For a romantic dinner à deux, then you'll go hard to beat the dark lighting and good food at le Réconfort on the rue du Poitou, just next door to the Christian Lacroix designed Hotel du Petit Moulin in the Marais (where else?). The food is fine, the ambience is so romantic and the lighting is very, very forgiving. What more does a boy need? A big wallet. It's not cheap.
And then my all time favourite place to get dinner, lunch on the run, a good plate of charcuterie or cheese, a decent mojito or just a smile from a cute waiter has to be the Café Crème on the rue du Birague, off the Place des Vosges. Not only is the location excellent (and a ten minute walk from home) but their souris d'agneau is to die for. Everyone who has visited me has been and eaten here with me. No-one has died. Yet.
I have a couple of others, but these are my favourites. My real favourites.
In a city of great food and amazing restaurants, these are all places that stand out as being a bit special - if not for the food, then for the setting. If not for the food or the setting then for the lovely waiting staff and the great cocktails.
So. You've been to Paris. Where did you eat? What did you drink? How did you get rid of him in the morning? he he.
Tell me your secrets. If not Paris, then tell me about your home town favourites. Let's make it a big-old-all-food-love-in.