HOME > Chowhound > France >
What are you cooking today?
TELL US

Paris Lunch Reviews - Tuileries Bar, Galleries Lafayette, Le Cinq, Michel Rostang, Ledoyen

f
fatmanthinwallet Mar 11, 2012 10:29 PM

Although I did not post up my proposed itinerary, many thanks to everyone who contributes to this board for giving me ideas in planning my second trip to Paris in January. I hope these brief reviews can help other travellers in the future.

  1. f
    fatmanthinwallet Mar 11, 2012 10:29 PM

    Tuileries Bar

    The Westin Paris – Vendome
    2 Rue Scribe
    75009 Paris, France

    The Good
    A perfectly good croque monsieur and croque madame served with fries in the comfort of one’s own hotel restaurant.

    The Bad
    Probably not worth actively seeking out.

    Photos can be seen on the blog at http://fatmanthinwallet.wordpress.com...

    1. f
      fatmanthinwallet Mar 11, 2012 10:31 PM

      The Seafood Market at Lafeyette Gourmand

      Galleries Lafayette
      35 Boulevard Haussmann
      75009 Paris, France

      The Good
      Decent seafood platters.

      The Bad
      You can get much better seafood, and even seafood platters, at lower prices elsewhere.

      Photos can be seen on the blog at http://fatmanthinwallet.wordpress.com...

      1. f
        fatmanthinwallet Mar 11, 2012 10:32 PM

        Le Cinq

        31 Avenue George V
        75008 Paris, France

        www.fourseasons.com/paris/dining/

        The Good
        Very good food served at excellent prices as part of the restaurant’s set lunch menu. Amazing bordier butter with seaweed served with the bread courses. A stunning multi-course entrée consisting of five preparations of oysters. The selections on the cheese cart and dessert trolley. The excellent service.

        The Bad
        The main desserts lack the imagination of the savoury courses or the appeal of the dessert trolley. My unnecessary decision to order an additional course of sweetbreads as part of my meal. That awkward moment when the server dropped a piece of cheese from the cheese trolley on to the floor for the third time.

        Photos can be seen on the blog at http://fatmanthinwallet.wordpress.com...

        1. f
          fatmanthinwallet Mar 11, 2012 10:33 PM

          Michel Rostang

          10 Rue Gustave Flaubert
          75017 Paris, France

          www.michelrostang.com

          The Good

          Excellent cooking of classic dishes. The most delightful side dish of spaghetti in bordier butter. Attentive service. The value of the set lunch menu.

          The Bad
          The lack of creativity in the dishes (this can be a good and bad thing). The overly formal attitude of the serving staff. The gunshot pellet I found in my rabbit terrine that thankfully did not break any of my teeth.

          Photos can be seen on the blog at http://fatmanthinwallet.wordpress.com...

          1. f
            fatmanthinwallet Mar 11, 2012 10:34 PM

            Ledoyen

            1 Avenue Dutuit
            75008 Paris, France

            www.ledoyen.com

            The Good

            This meal involved some absolutely stunning food priced at an attractive level thanks to the restaurant’s set lunch menu. The spaghetti with truffles (supplement), lychee dessert and kouign aman were out of this world. I will definitely be back to try a longer tasting menu at dinner when I am next in Paris.

            The Bad
            There were some unacceptable service gaffes at a restaurant of this level at the start of the meal, including issues with receiving menus, getting water for our table and some hostility from our server at my request to add the spaghetti with truffles course to my meal. However, these issues were not repeated and once the food started arriving at the table I was ready to forgive anything.

            Photos can be seen on the blog at http://fatmanthinwallet.wordpress.com...

            3 Replies
            1. re: fatmanthinwallet
              d
              dietndesire Mar 11, 2012 11:03 PM

              Might I ask about the issue adding the spaghetti? Was it named on the tasting menu as a supplemental course or did you just add it from the a la carte menu?

              1. re: dietndesire
                f
                fatmanthinwallet Mar 11, 2012 11:30 PM

                I added it from the a la carte menu after seeing uHockey's review of the dish last year. There was an awkward exchange about how to add it to the set menu (i.e. it was an addition and not a substitution) that left me asking my wife afterwards whether I had done something wrong (she tells me I didn't). Perhaps it was a language issue or just one of those things.

                The bigger issues were with the menus and waters. We sat there for what seemed like a good fifteen minutes after being seated and receiving a glass of champagne with no food or menus wondering what the deal was. I then had to ask for water two times and even after that someone came to confirm the type of water I wanted (I noted I wanted sparkling each time). It just seemed very unprofessional, especially for a three-star restaurant, but perhaps it was just one of those days.

                Luckily the food more than made up for these perceived gaffes.

                1. re: fatmanthinwallet
                  Parigi Mar 12, 2012 01:33 AM

                  I now understand the spaghetti addtion issue. A tasting menu at that level is a series of dishes one balancing the other in terms of taste, texture, contrast. Adding an unplanned dish in the middle takes a lot of thinking over. It's not like adding a stopover to a trip. Impromptu taste replanning must be a lot more complex.
                  Unless the staff insulted you for coming up with such an idea, I would not consider their hesitation a service gaffe.

            Show Hidden Posts