Haute cuisine lunch in Paris
I'd like the haute cuisine experience, but frankly would like to save some money. Can anyone offer suggestions for a multicourse lunch for two, one of whom does not drink alcohol and the other of whom likes wine quite a bit, that will be excellent yet still allow us to waddle out having spent in the neighborhood of $500 or so?
In 2003 I took someone to Taillevent and we both had the chef's menu of four courses including dessert and wine for about $400. It was wonderful, and I'd do the same thing this time but I'd like to try a different place. The biggest barrier I can think of is that this is Sunday and we're leaving Paris on Wednesday so it would be short notice.
Top on my list are
Eric Frechon l epicure at the Bristol 3 courses and cheese at 130 euros for lunch.
Pierre Gagnaire i think has lunch at 105 euros, his style is multiple plates on course and many courses. If I remember correctly his grand dessert is 8 plates.
Yannic alleno has also a lunch menu which you can see online
Jules Verne of Alain Ducasse has lunch at 90(125 with wine) or 210 for the degustarion menu with multiple courses. Food and service is not on the same level as the others i mentioned but it is still good and the view is very good, I went there without reservation althought i do not recommend you do that, as I got the last table.
I have seen the best words for Le cinq. L astrance has a bargain lunch menu but there is a problem with the reservations.
If you feel like spending more money then maybe L' Ambroisie or Alain Ducasse au plaza athenee. I consider them to be the most expensive restaurants in Paris. I have not tried A. Ducasse A. Plaza, but his Louis XV was stunning for food and the overall experience.
Itinéraires, on rue de Pontoise (5e). I went the other day and it was terrific. One of the few "small independent gastros" on the left bank and it won't break yours.
Les Tablettes de Jean-Louis Nomicos also does the job well but is a bit more expensive.
Le Sergent Recruteur will also offer a scrumptious haute cuisine experience for 65 or 95€ at lunch and 95 or 165€ at dinner.
Also try Yam' tcha, Kei, or any of the haute cuisine places that serve bargain lunch menus: my favorites being La Grande Cascade and Le Cinq.