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Dec 1, 2008 04:16 AM

Guy Savoy or Le Cinq for Lunch?

My husband and I will be having one very special lunch in Paris. I'm torn between Guy Savoy and Le Cinq. Please tell me which you would suggest and why. Thank you so very much!

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  1. Only been to Savoy brasserie on Rue Maitre Albert, not great for me. Read my review of lunch at Le Cinq listed under( third/fourth week dining report Paris) It was a great time

    1. I haven't been to either yet, but if I were choosing one, I'm sure it would be Le Cinq. Briffard is known far and wide these days as the top toque in Paris, and his prix fixe lunch menu sounds to me like the deal of the century.

      It's on my "for sure" list for my next trip.

      1. Since your operative words are "very special"... Le Cinq... excellent chow, a great wine list... and the sheer grandeur of it all. You'll feel special as soon as you walk thru the doors of the Georges V.

        As an aside... are there any greater flower arrangements on the planet than at that hotel? I especially look forward to them every time I stop in... and always changing. Leave time to explore a bit.

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        1. re: WineAG

          Yes, it is our wedding anniversary, so I'd really like it to be a lovely experience.

        2. I don't think you can go wrong with either place. Le Cinq, under Briffard, is probably one of the best restaurants in Paris. The room, as mentioned, is stunning, the service excellent. Guy Savoy will give you a superb, but different, dining experience. More modern and more
          "american" in terms of service and atmosphere. I have actually eaten at both restaurants on the same day . That was fun!!

          1. What everybody says -- Guy Savoy is more modern in style, more casual while being very fancy, while le Cinq has all the marble and gold experience and the ridiculously high ceiling and expensive flowers.

            I think Briffard's food is better than Savoy's. But Savoy is a more reliable restaurant, for the very simple reason that there is only one team at Savoy, while le Cinq probably has three different teams in order to be able to open 365/7 and long hours.

            I always argue that Savoy is just the best place for beginners (don't know if you are).

            I just noticed that you're talking lunch. If we're talking value, then Savoy wins because his 100€ lunch menu is every bit as wow as eating ALC, whereas the lunch menu of Briffard, which is great, is somewhat less feasty than the regular, and you'll see dishes around you wish you could afford.

            But again, both places are wonderful and you can't really go wrong.

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            1. re: souphie

              I had a lovely lunch at SAVOY this summer and LE CINQ last year (pre Briffard).

              Now I am planning my trip to Paris for February. So far I've lined up MICHEL ROSTANG for Friday lunch, LE CINQ for Saturday lunch (they ARE open for lunch on Saturday, right?) and LA REGALADE.

              I'm still debating whether or not I should try JULES VERNE after Ducasse took over.

              I am also still in search of Paris's best roast chicken, but don't want the attitude and price of L'AMI LOUIS. I suppose I could try L'ASSIETTE (CHEZ LULU) for Sunday lunch (supposedly the only day they serve roast chicken).

              1. re: theskyflyer

                If you could only have one special lunch would it be Le Cinq or Savoy?

                1. re: DaisyM

                  Agree with souphie, both restaurants are wonderful. I have had 4 meals (3 lunches) at Le Cinq when Legendre was the chef and enjoyed all four. I have also had 4 meals at Guy Savoy, (2 lunches) and thought it was superb as well. I would love to try Briffard's cooking at Le Cinq. You may have to just flip a coin knowing you will have a memorable lunch at either restaurant.

                2. re: theskyflyer

                  Le Cinq is open everyday and the lunch menu is available everyday. Your chances of enjoying dinner at La Régalade after lunch at le Cinq are null unless you have digestive superpowers. Briffard is generous.

                  For best roast chicken, try La Rotisserie du Beaujolais and order from your hotel (we'll have the chicken). Chez Michel sometimes has an awesome one, but that's not everyday. Just warn in advance that it's what you'd like. I would try the same with la Régalade or Chez l'Ami Jean --("could you please make me a roast chicken). The first thing you want is a sensitive and skilled roaster, and this is rare stuff anywhere, even more so in casual places.

                  1. re: souphie

                    I see Le Cinq as open for Lunch only Mon-Fri on a site

                    By default of not saying otherwise, the 4seasons site would imply everyday lunch as you stated. So, this is a sure thing? I have a Saturday opening I would like to fit it into.

                    1. re: dietndesire

                      It is a sure thing. Why would you rely on some third party website rather than the official one or actual regulars?

                      1. re: souphie

                        Paranoia and stupidity. I would also use sleep deprivation but that sounds like a cop out.

                  2. re: theskyflyer

                    We had a not so great lunch experience at Michel Rostang on Tuesday. This was my second time there. The first time, last year, was much better, they are obviously having problems - food and service. I will not be returning anytime soon.