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Robuchon + Alex or Guy Savoy or Picasso?


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Robuchon + Alex or Guy Savoy or Picasso?

willyum | | Jul 14, 2010 08:13 PM

Dined at Robuchon in June and felt it was the finest meal I’ve ever eaten (12 dinners at Michelin 3 star or Mobil/Forbes 5 star restaurants thus far … I felt only Alinea’s 23 course Tour was comparable to Robuchon). I had the 6 course prix fixe, wife had the 4 course prix fixe.

So, going back for another round with Robuchon next month, but also wanted to dine at another top restaurant on the second night. The three I have in mind are in the title, I’m thinking Picasso is probably not quite in the same class as Alex and GS though, right?

I’ve read Larry G’s great write-ups and he feels GS is slightly better than Alex, but others rate GS and Alex nearly equal (both Michelin 2 stars) or even give a slight nod to Alex (Forbes rates Alex 5 star but only gives 4 stars to GS). Thinking I can’t go wrong either way but have some Q’s to help me decide.

One thing I don’t like about GS is that the web site seems to indicate every one must get the same menu (I would likely go for the Elegance menu, 6 courses @ $190 pp, hopefully my wife could order something smaller). My wife and I usually like to order totally different things (the a la carte menu looks too pricey though) and appreciate a place like Robuchon where we can get different numbers of courses with several choices in each category.

So my Q is how flexible is GS at allowing substitutions to something like the Elegance Menu so we could at least have something different? Even better, is there any chance my wife could get the TGV menu (just four courses) while I got the Elegance? (I understand the pacing problems this causes servers and chefs but two big dinners in a row is a bit much for my wife).

Similar Q for Alex, could my wife order the three course prix fixe while I had the tasting menu? Or could she order one of the vegetable menus while I get the tasting? Anyone tried this? How receptive was the restaurant to this?

Right now I’m leaning Alex because they seem a bit more flexible and it looks easier to order different things (also a bit less expensive) and maybe saving GS for a later trip if we decide to return, but would like to hear what the chowhounds have to say. If we both had to get the three course at Alex it would be acceptable I guess. At least we could order different things, unlike what is implied by the GS non-a la carte menus.