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Mar 6, 2014 12:19 PM

Ledoyen, Le Cinq or Taillevent for Lunch?

Heading to Paris in April and want a luxurious but tasty lunch. Originally had hoped to go to Le Grand Vefour, but fearful it is just resting on its laurels (perhaps the Le Cirque of Paris?) What are people's toughs between Ledoyen, Le Cinq or Taillevent for Lunch? Thanks!

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  1. Didn't Le Grand Vefour re-becoming good ? (or I am mistaking it with La Tour D'Argent ?)

    As for Le Cinq, it is highly recommended (do a search ,you will much about it); the other twos, I've got no experience with them.


    1. From the 3 you mentioned I have only eaten in Ledoyen. Lunch is now at 128 euros for starter, main cheese and dessert. You can see my review here

      Ledoyen has superb setting and service. Food for me was very good but not amazing.

      Le cinq seems to be a safe option.

      I would suggest that you look at L'epicure , in Hotel Le Bristol. Havent been there too, but it is first on my list for the next time in Paris. All comments are positive for L epicure. I would like to here anyone here with any recent experience. Andy Hayler's review is a bit old now, I think this restaurant has really evolved since then.

      1. It all depends on what you like and are expecting. In fact, how did you come to that list? I think Ledoyen has the best food in town, if you're into superlative products and perfect cooking. Le Cinq is probably the safest greatest overall experience. Food wil be quite good, may be great. In contrast Ledoyen service is not one that is likely to make you feel giddy.

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        1. re: souphie

          "how did you come to that list?"
          Me too, that is want to know?

          1. re: John Talbott

            Thanks for your help. I came to this list based on recommendations from friends who had been recently cross referenced with the CH boards. I want old world formal service, grand room and great food. These seemed to fit the bill. Am I wrong? Am I missing others?

            1. re: akopald

              I'll let Soup & Parnassien reply; I haven't been to any of the 3 for at least 10 years - I do like 110 Taillevent however, but that may be less grand than you're shooting for.

        2. Of the three, only Le Circ is open for lunch on the weekend. Can someone please recommend another michelin star restuarant that is open for lunch on weekend? thanks!

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          1. re: Marisa Dvari

            L'epicure is also open every day including weekends for lunch or dinner.

            Some other one michelin starred restaurants I know are Benoit and Jules Verne, but I cant compare them with the ones above.

            1. re: Giannis

              "Benoit and Jules Verne"
              Not to be unkind, but one can do better, esp price-wise.
              If one wants a full Paris hilltop view without seeing the Tour Montparnasse but seeing the Tour Eiffel, lit up and all, go to Le Ciel de Paris in the ur Montparnasse, which rotates and has Ok food.
              And if one needs Ducasse, rather than Benoit, try Rech.

              1. re: John Talbott

                I have to agree about the Jules Verne, I went on my first trip to paris and then felt like i missed a chance to eat somewhere better. For 96 euros for lunch you can eat better for sure. But at that time I only knew one name, the name of Alain Ducasse.

                As for Benoit ( I dont know about Rech) I really liked it as for the food and place. (service was mediocre)

                For Ducasse I would try Le Meurice now which has 85 euros lunch and the room is majestic.

                1. re: Giannis

                  I think Ledoyen's lunch is around 96 euros now, isn't it?

                  1. re: yakionigiri

                    ledoyen's price was 128 with cheese included when I went in December.

                    Le Meurice is 110 for 3 courses or 130 with cheese included. Dinner menu still at 380, but a la carte prices seem to have been reduced.

                  2. re: Giannis

                    Have been to Le Meurice a number of times since the change in team - the latest no-choice lunch menu is more like 130 euros before drinks, although the meal does go by like a poem.

                    1. re: shakti2

                      For lunch, there is now a 2-course "bargain" for 85€ and a limited-choice 3-course formule for 110 € as well as a more wide-ranging menu for 130 € at Le Meurice. Still in the stratosphere for dinner.

                      1. re: Parnassien

                        Also if I m not wrong I saw that Gagnaire has a lunch at 85euros. (the only and cheapest choice when i went in December for lunch was an 150euros menu).

                        85 for gagnaire seems a bargain

                        1. re: Giannis

                          That does seem like a pretty reasonable deal.

                        2. re: Parnassien

                          I've retrieved my bills and it was indeed a 110-euro poem, no choice, with another 20 euros for cheese. They may have tweaked a bit since though - this lunch menu was a few months back, shortly after the changeover.

                          The carte meals are approximately triple, before drinks.

                      2. re: Giannis

                        Never had poor service at Benoit. Remember at Jules Verne probably 50% of the bill is rent so factor that on an it may actually be good value......! After all it could be the Costes Bros.....