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Feb 21, 2011 04:43 PM

Michelin-starred restaurants with children

Me and my family, including twin 10 yr old daughters, will be visting Paris in April. The children are accustomed to fairly long meals (3-4 hours) in better restaurants. Most good restaurants that we have visited (in the US and Italy) can accomodate their simpler palates. Will we find similar cooperation in Parisian Michelin-starred restaurants (Le Cinq, Guy Savoy, Ledoyen, etc)?

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  1. Yes. And quite frankly, you might want to have them taste the real deal too -- the best food does not require sophisticated palates, and it sounds like theirs are pretty educated already anyway.

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    1. re: souphie

      Thank you for your advice. One daughter is adventurous and loves to try new things, especially sauces. The other prefers plain foods - steamed, broiled, etc.

      1. re: gjrubino

        I understand. But take the food at l'Arpège: it is awfully plain. And yet, sometimes it is extremely wonderful. The potato purée is has been a fine dining standard with Robuchon, whose other major specialties were a green salad, a roast leg of lamb, a fried fish... So the opposition between fine dining and plain food is not necessarily relevant, is what I'm saying.

    2. When my children were younger I often brought them to fine restaurants that involved long drawn-out meals - and never ordered them "kiddie" food. My daughter did not have the appetite to eat a full course meal so she would normally only have an entrée (which in Europe is the main course - not the starter) and taste bits of other people's courses. Without a doubt every restaurant we went to in Switzerland, France and Italy were very accommodating. They also always served the children wine - asking me first.

      My only suggestion is that you might try lunches rather than dinners as, in my experience, the children had more enjoyment out of these meals than at night when they would start to get drowsy at the table.

      Have a great time!

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      1. re: marsprincess

        <an entrée (which in Europe is the main course - not the starter) >

        Sorry, but I think you meant the opposite. In Europe (at least in France), the entree is the starter, the plat is the main course, as opposed to the US, where entree means the main course.

        1. re: rrems

          I did! Brain freeze going on. Thank you for correcting me...