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  • Fuffy Jun 9, 2010 12:58 AM

Souphie (or anyone) you posted a list of two and three star Paris restaurants that have lunches with lower price menus but wherein one can enjoy the full talent of the chef. I've lost the list - could you possibly post again? Updated if necessary? Thank you so much.

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  1. Most starred restaurants have lower priced lunch, and you can explore that on www.viamichelin.com . In fact, to my knowledge, only l'Ambroisie has no lunch deal (and no prixfixe menu).

    The question, how good are those lunch deals? Are they worth it?

    In my book, the lunch deals I think worthy include, by growing order of price, La Table de Joel Robuchon (59 bi), La Grande Cascade (65, 85bi, also for dinner), Lasserre (75), Le Cinq (78), Ledoyen (88), Michel Rostang (95bi), Guy Savoy (100), Pierre Gagnaire (105) and L'Arpège (135).

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    1. re: souphie

      Many, many thanks. You are as generous as ever. Yes, worth it is what I meant.

      1. re: souphie

        P. S. I have found your February 2009 list. I see that list included Gerard Besson and that now you have added La Grande Cascade, which has one Michelin star.

        1. re: Fuffy

          Gérard Besson's lunch deal is definitely worth it, even though he just (unfairly) lost his last star.

          1. re: souphie

            Is the "Menu du Marche" the 105 euros lunch deal at Pierre Gagnaire?
            Is there a different lunch menu at Le Cinq or can we choose from the a la carte menu?
            Thanks.

            1. re: Ffromsaopaulo

              You can't chose ALC for the lunch deal, at le Cinq or elsewhere (though you used to be able to at Le Paris, restaurant from the Hotel Lutetia. 60€ bi) . And yes, the Menu du Marché is the lunch deal.

              1. re: souphie

                You can choose a la carte at Guy Savoy. I don't know if there is a difference between the 100 euro "internet only" special and the 100 euro special, but my "internet" lunch for 100 euros included anything from the menu.

                1. re: deesher

                  Almost anything indeed -- some of the costlier dishes (sweetbread, lobster) are not available.

                  1. re: souphie

                    I had the lunch deal at Guy Savoy last year, so that's why I asked about choosing from ALC menu at Le Cinq. As I didn't find a special lunch deal at their website and I assumed it wasn't either the tasting menu or the spring menu, I thought we could order from the menu. So, my question is what do we get at Le Cinq lunch menu?
                    Thanks.

                    1. re: Ffromsaopaulo

                      Ffromsaopaulo - For the 78 euro lunch at Cinq on Monday we got two amuse bouche, a choice of one of three starters, a choice of two main dishes: one fish one meat; a tiny palate clearer of sherbert and a strawberry; a choice of one of three deserts; a choice of whatever you like from a desert trolley of small patisserie; a few toffees to take home. Plus both butter and seaweed butter on the table. See my detailed description of our lunch at Cinq in the Savoy or Cinq thread.

                      1. re: Fuffy

                        Thanks for the reply, Fuffy!

          2. re: Fuffy

            I'm sorry to say I wasn't completely satisfied with La Grande Cascade when I had their lunch deal last March. The appetizer was good (vegetable-based, my hazy memory thinks it was tomato and eggplant), but the main, a croustillant de pied de porc, seemed greasy and not very tasty to me, and the dessert, a nutty chocolate biscuit, was nearly as hard and heavy as some you'll find on supermarket shelves. It was quite a step down from the excellent tasting menu I had enjoyed on my previous visit, so if I ever go there again, I doubt I'll opt for the lunch deal.

        2. How about Le Pré Catelan?

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          1. re: therealdoctorlew

            Lunch is 85€ + bev, tue-fri. Never been, don't really want to.

          2. Are reservations accepted and/or necessary for the lunch deals at these restaurants? And if you had to choose just one, which would it be? Thanks!

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            1. re: sampd3

              reservations are absolutely necessary

              1. re: f2dat06

                I will be in Lyon, Grenoble and then possibly Côte D'azur or Piedmont region in about 2 weeks. Any such deals that anyone would know of in those regions?

                thank you

                1. re: gerrythegreat

                  check http://www.viamichelin.com and search on restaurants in the areas you are traveling to selecting the checkbox for *** restaurants. Most all have these kind of lunch deals.