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Jan 19, 2009 07:27 PM

Gagnaire dress code for lunch?

Hello all. Will be in Paris soon and hope to try some new places for lunch. I haven't spent a ton of time there, and have not yet gotten a completely accurate sense for how the French dress for restaurants. I currently have a reservation for Pierre Gagnaire for lunch, but it occurs to me that since I will be traveling light, it might not work, as I don't plan to pack a suit. Any input from folks who have been?

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  1. Tie not necessary nor suit, but have been there with just black turtleneck and turtleneck with sport coat, felt more comfortable with the latter.

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    1. re: Delucacheesemonger

      I am from a different school. Although not necessary, I believe that at the very least, a sport coat and tie is appropriate dress at any three star restaurant whether eating lunch or dinner. I do suits at three star restaurants such as Pierre Gagnaire and sport jacket and tie at two star restaurants. As a single dinner, I feel more comfortable if I am more formally dressed in Paris.

      1. re: sethd

        We saw plenty of jackets, no ties. We were there for dinner.

    2. went to PG for lunch and was the only one in a suit. few jackets, for that matter, so i wouldnt worry about it. easily the most casual 3-star i've been to

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      1. re: kfontaine27

        Hmmm. Stick with a sport coat...I would love to know how the other chows meals have been at PG...I still can't believe that we had the most disappointing meal there, IMO it is not worth what we spent in there!

        1. re: emn76

          It is in general a mistake to think that one does not take a risk when he gos out for to eat. Just like theater or opera, a night at the restaurant, no matter how good and how well rated,always is a gamble.

          But when it comes to Gagnaire, this is a gamble where the odds are against you. I played seven times and never won. That said, when you win, the jackpot is big.

          Dress code: as almost everywhere, there's none but sneakers and track suits are inappropriate and will make you feel out of place.

          1. re: emn76

            Ate at Gagnaire both in St Etienne and in Paris many years later. Felt good and wonderful time, but not in the level of some other three stars l have been to as with Maison de Bricourt, Robuchon Jamin, Troisgros, and Michel Bras.

        2. I'm speaking from a female point of view, but as someone who is involved in what my SO and other male friends wear. It sounds like you have been to Paris before so you must have seen that more formal rather than more casual is the direction.

          I think it's a lot about fabrics, an overall style and how comfortable one is wearing the clothes. I personally think that thin wool sweaters -- turtleneck, mock turtleneck, crew neck -- paired with a thin wool suit in a fairly monochromatic palette looks both elegant, AND is easier to travel with than a lot of bulkier sport clothes options.

          Some of my friends do the following sort of scenario: wear the suit jacket on the plane or train , and hang it up during the journey, sometimes wearing a more casual pair of pants. The suit pants if not worn on the journey, roll up or lay flat protected by a dry cleaner's bag, and arrive ready to wear.

          In my experience, one is typically treated in a different and better way going with this kind of strategy. Most of my male friends ar e more comfortable with this than a dress shirt and tie, because they don't wear ties that often. And I know it's not traditional, but I think nice quality thin sweater with jackets can look as well if not better than the ill-fitting or uncomfortable looking dress shirt and tie.

          My two centimes...