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Giverny, Fontainebleau & Versailles: Le Jardin des Plumes, l’Axel & Le 11.

John Talbott | Jun 19, 201508:59 AM

Since so many of us want to take day trips out of Paris AND want to eat well, I thought I’d post on three restaurants at three of the most popular destinations I’ve just tested – in Giverny, Fontainebleau & Versailles.
Our first venture was to Le Jardin des Plumes in Giverny, open 2.5 years and already holding a Michelin star. Compared to the other places we’ve eaten at here and in Vernon, etc., this is a real find. (Attribution, Alexander Lobrano). The dishes were inventive, creative and fully worth a star. For pix etc. see
Our next day trip was to Fontainebleau, which I first visited when Dwight D. Eisenhower was Commander-in-Chief of Allied Forces Central Europe (AFCENT) and had offices at Fontainebleau. We were impressed then and now. Before visiting the Chateau, we had lunch at Axel, another one-star, where the Japanese chef, threw ingredient after ingredient at us, all working together in a panoply of tastes that were truly amazing - this constituted my best meal of 2015. More at
The third day we went to a pretty new place in Versailles, La Table du 11, just open a few months and featuring a wonderful array of spring vegetables as well as interesting proteins (eggs, bonito, raie and chicken). The chef is only 23 and comes via Gordon Ramsey down the street, but the place today was turning eager customers away. It was really fun and well worth a visit, out in Versailles.

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