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fishskis Oct 22, 2013 09:04 PM

Has anyone had lunch at Epicure at Le Bristol? I understand they ofer a "seasonal lunch menu" for 130 euro. How is it, and how does it compare to Le Cinq's or to Guy Savoy's lunch experiences, both of which I am familiar with and enjoy.

I will be returning to Paris in a few months, so the planning is starting.

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  1. Delucacheesemonger RE: fishskis Oct 22, 2013 10:02 PM

    BTW Le Cinq just jumped to 110 euros from 95 euros for the lunch special.

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      ManInTransit RE: Delucacheesemonger Oct 23, 2013 07:34 AM

      Thanks for that information.

      Given the closing price gap can anyone give a comparison of the lunch menus at Le Cinq vs Epicure. Certainly it makes Le Cinq seem less good value than when it undercut all the 3* lunch menus.

      Or does Le Grande Cascade come in for the overall experience as an option.

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        PhilD RE: ManInTransit Oct 23, 2013 02:17 PM

        Although Le Cinq is only 2 stars...

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          ManInTransit RE: PhilD Oct 24, 2013 01:50 AM

          Yes exactly, same as the Hand and Flowers - it used to be 70 euros cheaper for two for the food than most 3* lunches. Now there's barely a difference at 110, indeed you can eat at Ledoyen for less if you are fortunate enough to avoid weekends, and Savoy for the same on the internet special.

    2. Giannis RE: fishskis Oct 23, 2013 03:51 PM

      Le cinq has also a lunch tasting menu priced at 160euros, 5 courses.

      Guy Savoy has till the middle or end of December a 5 course menu at 170 euros booked only via their website.

      I have the same dilemma between Le cinq and Epicure. Although le cinq has 2 stars, I can only see that it takes the best reviews on the net at any site or blog. Also everyone is talking about the service described as the best of the best.

      L epicure has also very good reviews and excellent service.

      Both restaurants have 4 out of 5 toques on Gault Millau guide. Only 5 restaurants in Paris have 5 toques and the only one in a hotel is Pierre Gagnaire.

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        Delucacheesemonger RE: Giannis Oct 23, 2013 11:17 PM

        That tasting menu is now at 170 up from 160 euros.

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        fishskis RE: fishskis Oct 24, 2013 09:43 AM

        Still wondering if anyone has been to Epicure for lunch, or has any knowledge about the experience, and how it compares to the other 3-star lunch deals (I know Le Cinq is a two-star, but that is a technicality; it is certainly in the same league as its three-star counterparts).

        Thank you.

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          BrianGilligan RE: fishskis Oct 24, 2013 11:35 PM

          It's been a good while since I was at Epicure but.... I thought that Le Bristol achieved higher highs than Le Cinq when comparing the best dishes we got at each. Le Cinq was more cosseting service wise - the team has a unique (in my experience) ability to make each and every diner feel especially welcome.

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