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May 1, 2010 08:55 AM

L'Ambroisie for lunch, Pierre Gagnaire for dinner...crazy?

My husband booked us for these two in one day, during our first trip to Paris. I think we may be too stuffed to enjoy the dinner, or may just keel over. Thoughts?

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  1. Personally, I can only handle one serious meal a day, so I would not want to double up. If you can, split them between two days. But others may feel differently.

    1. In genereal, two big meals a day is hard to handle. But l'Ambroisie portions are not very big, and mostly there's never any extra (no complimentary dessert, limited serving of mignardises, only one amuse, no apéritif, nothing in between dishes). So I'd say that, if you only order the two courses plus dessert at l'Ambroisie, it is doable (eg le Cinq + PG, or Savoy+Rostang, would simply not be). Still, plan some time between the meals (dinner at 9pm, lunch at 1pm) and some walking around in between.

      Also, you consumption of wine is essential on this issue. You can eat more, and enjoy it more, if you don't drink or drink little.

      1. Thanks so much for the input!

        1. What Soup says. I would add that perhaps the biggest drawback might be the absence of time between these two meals for reflection and mental processing of your (hopefully) extraordinary experience at L'Ambroisie. Will your memory of this special meal be shoved aside without adequate appreciation? Just a thought...

          1. I am in awe about anyone over 13 who can put away two such meals in a day.
            My Hatlo Hat is off to you (no one knows the reference, so I'm safe saying it).
            John (who once used to do it.)

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            1. re: John Talbott

              Jimmy Hatlo one of the funniest comics of all time!!!!! Soup says no drinking? that would be a disservice at those 2 temples.

              1. re: aida17

                To each their own, but if I were to do what the OP suggets, I wouldn't drink at l'Ambroisie, where wines are expensive and because there would be dinner ahead. Then wines are not expensive at Gagnaire and there's no tomorrow.

                Also, don't tell anyone, but I'm very happy without any kind of wine. Does that make me a bad person?