A foodies’ paradise, Paris offers exciting dining experiences for any budget. However, to fully appreciate the city’s food scene, it is worth, at least once in a life time, splashing out on a special meal in some of the top gourmet establishments. Here is our quick pick of the most famous restaurants in Paris.
|A masterpiece by Alain Ducasse|
Alain Ducasse Au Plaza Athénée
This three-star Michelin restaurant is run by the famous chef Alain Ducasse who offers a sumptuous seasonal menu with delicacies like Brittany langoustines with golden caviar, Cotentin blue lobster, with baked sea potatoes, roasted chestnuts consommé. The interior is fittingly lavish with futuristic looking solid oak tables, gilded wall decor and crystal chandeliers. Be prepared to pay about $400 per head without wine.
|Courgette flower with caviar at Guy Savoy|
Restaurant Guy Savoy
Another eatery for big spenders, the three-star Michelin Guy Savoy is located a short stroll from the Arc de Triomphe and is famous for excellent modern Haute French cuisine. Their artichoke soup dressed with black truffle shavings is sublime and the chocolate fondant with layered praline and chicory cream is to die for. Lunch here costs about $120, dinner at least $450.
For classic French cuisine head to the refined two-star Michelin Old World-style Lasserre. The restaurant is famous for classic dishes such as Beef Rossini, spiced duck with roasted figs that are served in a magnificent dining room with a frescoed ceiling which opens up on warm summer evening.
A bastion of ultra-fine dining, Le Meurice is located in a 19th century palace and aims to offer gastronomic grandeur at its best. You will be surrounded by crystal chandeliers, heavy damask curtains, mosaic floors and spoilt with attentive and friendly service. Try to get a table by a window, so you can devour a young partridge pie, scallops with truffles and snails fricassee while admiring the Tuileries Gardens across the street.
Photos by: Alain Ducasse/Facebook, Guy Savoy/Facebook, Lasserre/Facebook.