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3-star Paris lunches

kfontaine27 | Mar 26, 2008 09:02 PM

I need suggestions for two 3-star quality lunches in Paris (i'll be there in july). my budget is (hopefully) a prix fixe of 100e max, and i'm thinking Taillevent and Le Meurice. my interest is solely quality of the food. with two options, i was thinking one traditional, one more adventuresome. as far as the traditional choice goes, do you think Taillevent is a good option? great service/warm atmosphere aside, is it representative of the Absolute highest level of 3-star french cooking? i've heard some say the food has become quite ordinary, and i'm worried it might be too touristy. has it become a tour d'argent-esque relic? similarly, i've heard Le Grand Vefour is overrated. does L'Ambrosie have a set lunch? i've been unable to find pricing on it. would this be a better choice? as far as the second lunch goes, i've ruled out Arpege because of the price, and i've been unable to find pricing information for l'Astrance, whose surprise menu is out of my price range. is this the only menu offered there? finally, does anyone have experience with the Pierre Gagnaire prix fixe lunch? while i would love to go, i've heard that the lunch isn't up to the level of his dinner. if the best restaurants in paris are the more adventuresome ones, i'd be willing to forego the traditional experience. again, i'm looking for inspired and sublime food, not great service, nor a special wine list. i've heard consistently that the food at Le Meurice is on the highest level, but i'm open to any suggestions.

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