Paris Haute Cuisine
My family and I travel to Paris each year so we are more than familiar with its bistros and brasseries. This year, my husband turns 50 and I want to surprise him with a memorable dinner at an exceptional restaurant. My very well-behaved and well-travelled children, ages 14 and 12, will be, of course, joining us. First, I would appreciate any suggestions on restaurants, and second, do fine restaurants frown upon children, albeit older children, accompanying their parents for an evening of elegant dining? My kids have long since given up the "children's menu" and have quite sophisticated palates.
Try Lucas Carton (3 star) or Jules Verne (1 star) at the top of the Eiffel Tower. I have seen young children dining in both. Ducasse and Gagnaire are too formal, L'Ambrosie too romantic.
I think your family will do very well for your husband's 50th birthday at Taillevent. While this is a serious restaurant (3 Michelin stars) and the service is very correct, it is not stuffy. The food is wonderful. You will certainly have a memorable dinner in an exceptional restaurant.