Need help choosing among the following restaurants!
My husband and I want to do lunch at two of the GREAT restraurants, since it will be more affordable. Here's what I've narrowed it down to, I'd appreciate any recommendations (esp if you've had their set lunch menus):
Le Relais (Plaza Athenee)
L'atelier de Joel Robuchon
Le Grand Vefour
So if you could only got to two, which would they be?
i just had to make a similar decision and went with Ledoyen and Gagnaire, both of which were excellent, though in different ways. it depends what you're looking for, but if you're really in it for the food you should rule out Taillevent and Vefour and consider Gagnaire, Ledoyen, Ambassadeurs, and Le Cinq.
I can't find the 100e deal on Savoy's website, is it still available?
The Michilen guide lists Le Cinq at approximately 135/210e for the fixe menu. That price appears "relatively cheap", given the praise of this chef from this board. Is it because the restaurant is "only" a two star?
Guy Savoy - lunch is fabulous, super value at 100e pp
Le Cinq - Briffard is a great Chef, loved his food at Les Elysses, can't wait to see what he is doing at the opulent George V
your forgot to list L'Ambroisie...probably the greatest of the great - and the most expensive
Depends, if you want the best food.
Savoy and Pierre Gagnaire
If you want good(relative here, all these places have good food) food, but to eat it in an amazing room full of history
Les Ambassadeurs and Ledoyen
All IMHO, naturally
Several on your list are not a patch on the top restaurants you list, I'm thinking of Les Boquinistes, Le Comptoir, Aux Lyonnais and Le Meurice. Worthy places, but not a scratch on some of the others on your list.
Maybe a great food and a great room combo?
I would have to disagree - Ledoyen's food is imo better than Savoy's, but the human experience is what makes Savoy wonderful. I agree that les Ambassadeurs' room is extraordinary, I find the food is sterile and virtuoso. And I don't understand why Zasuna would take Le Meurice with le Comptoir -- it's actually probably the most somptuous palace of them all, with a room that is actually Versailles-copied.
Zasuna has an excellent point: what is it that you want, expect, and like? It would allow for a much more useful response than just stating our preferences.
By the way, I just made a map of all restaurants I reviewed, with links to the reviews and pictures. Many of the restaurants you mention are in there. http://maps.google.fr/maps/ms?hl=fr&a...