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Jul 7, 2012 02:19 PM

Lunch at Michelin starred restaurant

I arrive in Paris mid morning on July 28 and would like to have our first lunch at a Michelin starred restaurant to set the pace for a great getaway (and because by dinnertime we might be exhausted). I am staying in the 4th and would prefer to dine not terrbily far but would be happy to take a cab. We would like to stay at 100 euros per person including wine. Any suggestions? (Le Cinq is out because I am being hosted there for a special lunch at the end of our trip)

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  1. How many stars? There is a vast difference between a 3 star and 1 star and there are about 70 restaurants in Paris alone with stars.

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    1. re: PhilD

      I should have been more specific. However, I guess I figured I'd be out of the 3 star range with the 100 euro per person budget. A more formal, sophisticated experience would be best.

      1. re: evebk

        Set lunches can be had for close to that a some three stars if you don't drink and watch the extras.

        1. re: PhilD

          Would you have a recommendation? I think the restaurant at Le Bristol is closed during that time. If not a 3 star, do you have a favorite 1 or 2 star on the more formal side? I will dine at bistros on other days.

          1. re: evebk

            If you are willing to take a taxi, I think you will be pleased with La Grande Cascade. They have a lunch special that meets your parameters.

            1. re: Laidback

              Thanks laidback, la grande cascade seems grand, maybe a tad too old fashioned.

              1. re: evebk

                "maybe a tad too old fashioned."

                How about if you told us what kind of cuisine you like instead of our playing a guessing game. :-)
                All one has to do on is that you like a Michelin singular or plural star near the 4th.

                1. re: Parigi

                  Sorry, I would love it to be french but with an innovative touch. I love Le Cinq for example. I had considered Epicure but unfortunately they will be closed.

    2. Michel Rostang for their quenelle de brochet with sauce Nantua sounds like a natural.

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      1. re: Delucacheesemonger

        What if we upped the budget to 120euros? Would we get lunch at a 3 star? I had considered Epicure but they will be closed on that date. On a separate, note anybody has been to Le Baudelaire ?

      2. For Michelin 3 star prix fixe lunch within your budget (barely as PhilD stated), choices are:
        Le Meurice, Ledoyen, Le Bristol and Le Pre Catelan. Except for Le Pre Catelan, they are all within easy15 minutes on Metro #1. Others either don't offer a prix-fixed lunch such as L'Ambrosie (only one near where you are staying) and Alain Ducasse or over your budget such as Guy Savoy, Pierre Gagnaire, L'Arpege and L'Astrance (over 100euro).
        For the 2 stars, you have the pick at all of them if you keep wine and other beverages in check. All of them have a sense of formality and definitely offer a sophisticated experience. They all offer something special and unique. There are lots of lengthy write up on various food blogs, etc. Opinions varies widely depending on individual preferences. Read some of them and choose one that closest to what type of food, ambience and service you are looking for.

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        1. re: PBSF

          Thank you so much. for such great insight. I had my heart set on the Bristol but it will be closed. So will Le Meurice. So I guess the choices are Ledoyen and Le Catelan. Do you have a preference?

          1. re: evebk

            With the internet special G Savoy is in budget, expensive wines though. also Gagnaire's lunch menu should be close.

            you really should try to search the board for info like this.

            1. re: evebk

              If it is just food, I would choose Ledoyen hands down but the decor is a bit worn and the service is not the most friendly. If you don't care too much about the food, can't beat the location and service at Le Pre Catelan. That is based on one dinner when F, Anton first took over the kitchen. I wouldn't choose either. Guy Savoy would be a great choice, very good food, generous with friendly service. The restaurant consists of 4 small rooms is comfortable but not grand. The internet special was 100euros couple years ago, therefore, I assume is at least that now. Wines are 'expensive' in all; that is not to say there are not good values; In the past three or four years, I don't remember a glass costing less than 15eurs and many closer to 25. You might consider expanding your budget a little. Personally, I don't find it much fun dining in these places if I am on a too tight of a budget. I would rather choose a simpler place.
              My other advice, is to established what is important to you when you are going out to a high-end restaurant, ie, the decor, the ambience, service, the type and how good is the food. From my experience, restaurants that satisfy all the above are very rare, That is the only way to pick a restaurant, otherwise, they are just names.

              1. re: PBSF

                I agree with PBSF, I personally would be very cautious about going to a restaurant where my entire budget ceiling was essentially taken up by the food (unless of course you don't drink or wine is unimportant to you).

                We recently had the Guy Savoy lunch deal for two and my view is that while the lunch is priced at 110 euros your budget should be an absolute minimum of 300 euros in order to have an enjoyable meal and even then that would be incredibly restrained.

                1. re: ManInTransit

                  Keeping cost under control, 300 euro for two is a ball park figure for most of the prix-fixed lunches. Although there is nothing wrong to order nothing extra, personally, I feel a little self-conscience when the staff ask if we wanted appertive/champagne, bottled water, wine, then cheese if not included, coffee, dessert wine/after dinner drink, etc. etc, and I keep answering 'non merci'. I don't drink much alcohol though a glass or two makes the meal more enjoyable. My partner and I never leave without at least three glasses total or a bottle. Couple years ago at Guy Savoy, a glass was 25e and coffee was 8 (on par with most). Adds up quickly.

                  1. re: PBSF

                    What is most economical is still to order a whole bottle, then "baggie-dog" the remaining bottle home. Rests in France have not yet adopted the mores of doggie-bag for food, but they are very happy, gracious and prepared to bag your unfinished bottle in a special long bag for you to take home. We did this most recently at a 2-star.

                    1. re: Parigi

                      Many times, we like a glass of white to start than depending on the food, maybe some red. The doggy bag is good though I don't ever remember my partner not finishing the bottle.

                  2. re: ManInTransit

                    I can certainlly appreciate your point ManIn Transit and agree.

                  3. re: PBSF

                    Such great advice. Thank you!

                    1. re: evebk

                      Rostang used to have a thing called the Club Menu at lunch, 94.5 euros, all in, 3 courses, water, wine, coffee, aperitif. Was the best deal in Paris. Only thing you might want to pay extra for was cheese. Would be well worth emailing to ask if they still have it.

                      1. re: f2dat06

                        no more Club Menu but Rostand's "déjeuner d'affaires" is a great deal (78 € without drinks) ... unfortunately the poster wants lunch on the 28th/ Saturday when Michel Rostand is closed for lunch

                      2. re: evebk

                        Didn't realize that your lunch is on a Saturday. I don't believe any 3 star serve Saturday lunch. And you've check on Epicure at Le Bristol. Not many 2 stars either.

                        1. re: PBSF

                          One option could be lunch at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon Etoile, which has three- or four-course tasting menus at 39 euro and 59 euro, respectively. The three-course lunch menu is a fantastic value, as has been stated previously. The ingredients are high quality and the dishes are technically well prepared, with unique flavor combinations. For example, the spaghetti with mussels may be a classic, but it was one of the most satisfying dishes we had from a recent trip (as was the pea soup with Iberian ham and favas). Based on other reviews, we expected the dishes to have a Japanese influence, but that was not the case, as most dishes were more modern French and Spanish in style.

                          The menu differs from that shown on the below website, but you can get an idea...

                2. Hi, I am considering having lunch at a few places for my upcoming trip to Paris...initially I wanted dinner at a 3-star but since those prices are astronomical I think I would rather spread my dining budget over a few restaurants at lunch. Is it possible to get an approximate price of a lunch prix-fixe menu (not including wine) for each of these options? Most restaurant webistes don't have this info (I could go on a rant on how hard it is to find useful info on restaurant websites in general, but that's a whole other post):

                  - Pierre Gagniere
                  - Ledoyen
                  - L'Arpege
                  - L'Ambrosie
                  - Le Maurice
                  - Le Cinq
                  - L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon St. Germain
                  - L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon Etoile: 39e for 3-course, 59e for 4-course (according to thread below)

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                  1. re: arlenemae

                    The Michelin website lists these prices. While it is generally very reliable, it's best to confirm when you book - any changes in these places can be expensive / embarassing!

                    From memory, Ledoyen and Le Cinq are about €90 for lunch.

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