A question about Chez L'Ami Jean's menu and reservation/seating
i have a reservation for four at 8pm. I have been reading that there are 2 seatings per night. If so when are they 8pm and ? Also, I understand that there is a €35 menu plus additional charges for certain supplements. Is this a set menu or do you have choices off the menu. If there are choices, do they have any lighter fare such as fish or vegetarian options? I ask because one in our party although does eat meat etc, tends to like "healthier options" but on this occasion may have to "suck it up". The €85 option, I'm assuming is a no choice meal left up to Chef Jego's discretion. Finally, in a party of four can everyone order whatever menu option they desire or does everyone in the party have to or from one menu, be it the €35 or the €85 option. Thanks in advance for any clarification.
They don't have sittings they simply turn the tables from the time they orn until the last table at 10:30 or 11:00. So if you are in at 8:00 there may have been a table before you and likely to be s table after. They have full ALC plus a number of menu options at different price points.
They are normal regular tables, it runs like aregular restaurant turning tables as they free up for the next people. There are not two distinct sittings - on a weekday they may turn tables twice, on a weekend it can be three or four times - I have seen 10:30 arrivals. If you are slow they may ask you to finish at the bar with a free glass of champagne as the bookingsstack-up. One time visitors more likely to be more than regulars......
"I have been reading that there are 2 seatings per night. If so when are they 8pm and ?"
The important thing is for them to accept your reservation at 8pm. If that is done, why worry? Is it a week night? Probably why.
"Also, I understand that there is a €35 menu"
I believe the 35 euro menu is for lunch only.
"Is this a set menu"
Yes, and for lunch only.
"do you have choices off the menu?"
Do you mean if there are à la carte dishes? The answer is yes.
"Do they have any lighter fare such as fish or vegetarian options?"
I don't remember vegetarian options. There are great seafood dishes. Sorriest, your friend with health delusions will have to suck it up.
"The €85 option, I'm assuming is a no choice meal left up to Chef Jego's discretion."
Yes, like the 55 euro menu. I found the 55 euro menu already gut-busting (first wrote butt-gutting, which works too). Theoretically they are no-choice. Every time before we order, Mario goes around and asks if anyone had any food allergies or anything they didn't eat.
I highly recommend that diners not try to tweak these great tasting menus by great chefs. Even if they accommodate you, it always means that their original well thought-out crescendo arrangement of balances of tastes and textures is messed up. Which means you screw up your own meal.
"Finally, in a party of four can everyone order whatever menu option they desire or does everyone in the party have to or from one menu, be it the €35 or the €85 option."
I don't know. Once upon a time Jégo used to propose a very inexpensive tasting menu, for larger parties (8 persons), but it did mean everyone had to order the same thing.
If one person is getting a tasting of 8 dishes, another person is getting a single main, a third is getting 6 dishes, you can imagine the confusion for the kitchen in terms of sequencing just for your table.
Come to think of it, I often go there in largish parties, and we always end up ordering the same menus because it is the convivial thing to do. Maybe others can answer this question better.
The early seating is given around 2 hours to eat, so people in the second group start straggling in around 9:45 to 10.
On my last visit, I was with our omnivore son and fish-eating vegetarian d-i-l. My d-i-l ordered two expensive/supplemented starters, cheese and dessert. My son order 3 courses totally a-la-carte. I ordered the €35menu but with a €15 supplement on the protein. No problem.
I would think that just on a logistics basis, the entire table should order the long (€85) chef's menu. Most places insist on that and reasonably so.