I was walking in the 7th yesterday when I found myself at the Rodin museum. Across the street is Arpege, the great Arpege. I looked inside. Lovely pale woods, glass, very art deco. I glanced at the menu posted outside.
Diner was 300 Euro.
Repeat, the prix fixe tasting dinner was 300 Euro. That's almost exactly $300.
And the rest of the menu was as insane. No appetizer was under $40. Main courses started at $50 and climbed to $70+. If a dish included caviar or homard lobster or some other princely ingredient, it tipped $100 a plate. Desserts were all $32.
Am I missing something? These prices are more than DOUBLE the other great tables of Paris. I heard Alain Ducasse got criticized in New York for charging $120 for his prix fixe degustation. What on earth has gotten into Arpege?
Perhaps the menu I saw was for today only, perhaps it was a special day, invitation only, perhaps it was for some visiting dignitary. Even so, I've never heard of a restaurant upping its prices by 150% just for a day!
Could it be that Arpege, the place that likes to do grandiose gestures like strike meats from its menu, is raising its prices in a grandiose way?
I'm confused. If anyone can shed light on this, please respond.