I wanted to know if the price differences between French 3 Michelin Star restaurants are warrented because they are better or, is it about the same and more expensive. A little background...
I am going to be going to France for 2 weeks in November on my honeymoon and my future wife and I were planning one grand meal at 3 star Micheline Restaurant. However, as I explored the prices on websites, and on here, I was a little taken back by the costs compared with other 3 star Micheline restaurants I have been to.
For my previous meals excluding wine:
Per Se in NYC, cost $275 per person service included (Jan 2008)
(we spent about $960 on the two of us when we were done)
De Karmeliet cost me 135 Euro per person (2005 - its now about $170 according to their website)
(I was there alone and spent about 250 Euro)
In both the above cases, they were 7 and 9 course tasting menues (along with a series of amuse bouches and other mini-courses that don't count)
When I look at the French restaurant websites, and what others have said, it looks like I will be having to spend $200-$300 more. Are the restaurants that much better or is just a higher price for some reason?
I do want to do a big meal, but on the other hand, I still have some concern over the budget.