Most Michelin for the Money?
We'll be in Paris and the Cote d'Azur soon, and we'd like to know which of the Michelin restaurants offer the most for the least. We're not going budget, obviously, but we almost certainly can't afford the 3-stars. I've found that ordering the plat du jour is the best decision, and usually lunch is cheaper.
The lunch deal, which includes a half bottle of wine per person, at Louis XV is a great bargain (for a three star restaurant) It has two choices for both the appetizer and entree and a selection from the dessert menu. In addition, you get all the pomp and circumstance of an Alain Ducasse restaurant.
I did a bit of research along the same lines last June, and opted for the 2 star Relais Louis XIII. The multi-course menu we chose was 89e (ended up being 7 or 8 courses), and I think they have menus ranging from 75-100e at dinner and 50e at lunch. The 16th century surroundings were elegant, the food was devine, and the wine list was suprisingly affordable and varied. I haven't read about it much on this board, perhaps because it is not considered one of the more inventive, but I was very pleased with the choice.
Easy....the best list Michelin puts toghether is the "Bib Gourmand" rating; I have never been disappointed or suffered a big hit to the wallet. They also have an expanded list of restaurants with menus under 32E. When in doubt, go for for a "Bib". If you want a starred experience, go for the prix-fixe lunch at Guy Savoy or Lasserre.
Been fortunate and have been to 30-40 michelin starred over the years. Food usually good, but it is the special memories that make it for me. Five come to mind. Joel Robuchon Jamin was the best meal ever, so far above anything else, no discussion possible. Closed for many years, what is his now is good, but not that. Two are in Brittany, Roellinger at Maison de Bricourt, one of best five nights of my life, and Le Taupiniere in Pont-Aven, where had such a wonderful time, a one star. These are not in your geographic desires. Michel Bras, again not in your geography, but was so memorable. If you are driving , Roanne is not far off the peage (toll road ) and gave us a lunch in their greenhouse on a dismal rainy afternoon that l will never forget. When we were ready to leave, the sky really opened up, we turned around went back to our table , ordered a bottle of Rhone dessert wine and had another blissful 90 minutes. The service there, at Troisgros, was impeccable and memorable. If you are not driving, read my recent review of Le Cinq for service at an entirely different level. If you control your liquor, you can leave Le Cinq with a glass or two of wine each for @ 220€/2 and it will be worth it. If you can do Troisgros, will not be as expensive and again will be memorable.