Anybody been to Taillevent recently?
We have a reservation in March and now I have heard two negative reviews from people. Should we try somewhere else? Or has anyone been recently and really liked it?
I was there at the end of December and loved it! We went for lunch (I prefer to eat my big meal earlier in the day) and were there from 12:15 to 4:30ish. Had the discovery menu E190 each. We let the sommilier set up wine pairings for each course which ended up being E117 for two -- and what I consider to be one of the best values on our entire trip. It was one of the best food/wine pairings, overall, I have ever had. The service was terrific -- warm yet formal. A really lovely experience, I have nothing bad to say.
I have heard they lost a star, and are now 2 star but personally, I cannot find one thing to find fault with. What negative have you heard?
I would agree that there isn't anything to find fault with at Taillevent, from the moment you walk in the door to the moment you leave. I think the Michelin star may reflect a changing ethos which rewards a more "advanced" style of cooking (ie, a star chef with a certain style) as opposed to the more traditional cooking Taillevent does.
I thought the 70 Euro lunch was well worth the cost. I think it depends on how many meals you have, how much you have to spend, and what you want. If you want a classic French meal with perfect service in a serene setting, this is the place. It's not over the top in any way-decor, food, etc. But the several hours you spend is a wonderful respite from the world.
That sounds like what I was looking for. I think the people I talked to were more interested in "modern" cooking, though I can't say for sure as I didn't press them for details. Thanks for the input!
We had lunch there last Friday (Feb 2nd) it is still very good. Great service, professional, yet warm and friendly. Every course was superb, and the sommelier recommended two excellent wines - a half of classic riesling and a chewy '99 burgundy. We arrived at 12:15 and left at about 4:00.
It is a formal dining room, and as it was Friday lunchtime, there were lots of men in dark suits. Is the food is traditional? - OK no liquid nitrogen, and few "foams", but it none the worse for that. Interesting that they lost a star. I recently ate in two restaurants that went from two to three stars this year (Lameloise and Helene Darroze) and preferred Taillevent - although all were good in there own way.
I have seen some questions about whether they do a €70 lunch menu. On our visit we were offered €70, €140 €190 and al a carte menus (quite a library) - no problems there
We chose the €140 and ate very well - Amuse Bouche; Remoulade de tourteau a l'aneth (a wonderful crab dish); Epeautre du pays de Sault en risotto (a risotto with frogs legs); Coquilles Saint-Jacques dorees (scallops with a dense watercress reduction); Selle d'agneau princier rotie a la sarriette (a fillet of lamb with gnocchi); Ossau Iraty (a cheese served with a cherry reduction); Oeuf-neige a l'ananas et a la coriandre and Feuilla a feuille au chocolat et au caramel (three contrasting deserts).
The table next to us seemed to be regulars and when the cheese board arrived they had an quite a loud, amusing, discussion about a cheese smelling like an old cave (cellar). When we smiled the waiter offered us a portion of same cheese so we could see what they meant - it did. A nice touch that a summed up the a fun meal in a classic restaurant.
Right now everything is molecular gastronomy, but the classic service and food served at Taillevant will be around along time after molecular is old hat. It survived nouvelle cuisine and vertical food and it will survive this. It is only a rumour about it losing a star, but probably a very good rumour. I had dinner with friends last night who having been dining at Taillevant everytime they are in Paris (up to 10 times a year) for over 30 years and still enjoy every single meal there and were disappointed to hear of the possible lost star. So, go and enjoy the classicism of the wonderful restaurant. By the way I have eaten at Helene Darozze and think it deserves no more than one star, if that. She is however, very pretty.