Had the opportunity to dine at Spring on a Saturday night for dinner. With all the buzz on this board, I was very excited. Upon arriving at the restaurant, Marie seated us and Chef Daniel greeted us tableside. I was impressed with the work that went into restoring the building. A nice mix of old with the new made for a comfortable dining room.
It was very entertaining watching the kitchen staff at work near our table. It was clear they are passionate about food. The use of fresh and unique ingredients from the local market earlier in the day should made for an exciting experience. Unfortunately, nothing was truly memorable. The desserts were less to be desired and could have been forgotten. Only wish they provided a printed menu so one can anticipate what was in store for the evening.
My major concern is the execution of the dishes particularly the lack of service experienced towards the end of our meal. We noticed there was a delay in getting to the dessert courses. It has already been 3 hours into the meal. The staff tried to expedite the courses, but it still took another 30 mins. Between the three dessert courses, the dishes were not cleared making for a very crowded table. I normally enjoy an espresso at the end of a meal, but one, it was not offered, and two, I just wanted to get out of there and pay the bill. It took another 15 mins for the bill. 3 hrs 45 mins for a meal at Spring was just insane. Even the French Laundry does not that this long and they serve 3 times the number of courses.
I brought this to Marie's attention regarding the lack of service and the delay in getting the bill...no apologizes or reason was given. Upon leaving the restaurant, I saw Chef Daniel outside and shared my concerns regarding the long dinner experience and lack of service...no response with him just walking away. It is very clear the team at Spring are passionate about creating food, but needs lots of work with customer service. My concerns were listened on deaf ears.
Overall, nothing was memorable at Spring except for the lack of service experienced. I would not recommend Spring since the idea of enjoying a Saturday night dinner in Paris is to leave fulfilled and satisfied. Instead, I left frustrated kicking myself for not going elsewhere since there are so many great restaurants to enjoy in Paris. Spring was a bust so please beware.
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