L'arpege closed for a month. Does anyone know when it will open?
I was supposed to have lunch there on Oct 14 an needed to change my reservation to Oct 15. The reply I received via email just said they were sorry but they had to cancel my reservation all together. I was really looking forward to eating there and was hoping they would reopen before I leave on the 23rd. Does anyone know if they will open before that and if not what would be an appropriate substitute. My reason for going there was that was looking for some outstanding vegetarian and seafood fare.
No one, and I mean no one on earth can tell you when it will reopen. That's how construction works in this country.
Now, for outstanding vegetarian fare, you have other options. Lasserre, Le Cinq, Guy Savoy jump to mind, although you probably need to warn them in advance. As for seafood, l'Arpège does not strike me as better than the others in this department.
In my dream world and if I wanted such a thing, my outstanding vegetarian meal would be at l'Ambroisie. I have no idea whether they would accomodate such a request from a non-regular. Or even a regular, for that matters.
Ducasse, whom everyone knows I loathe, might also have an interesting offer on vegetables. At least he used to.
Having had the vegetarian lunch at L'Arpege I wasn't impressed. In fact , even though they added a cod dish (mentioned when served) and comped two glasses of wine (the latter since it was not on l'addition and I inquired) I wouldn't return for a vegetarian meal there. Forget the propaganda. As Souphie implies, talk to the chefs (most likely through the wait staff as intermediaries). In particular, l'Ambroisie does respond to clients, even non-regulars.