After staying up half the night for many nights...and scouring multiple bulletin boards for weeks and ploughing through 6 restaurant guides, I think I have finally decided on La Tour d'Argent for our 20th anniversary dinner. Here's why:
1) Who knows if we are ever going to be in Paris again on such a special occasion? If this is a once-in-a-lifetime event, then I really want a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
2) Oldest restaurant in Paris. The history alone is worth something. We have eaten in our fair share of nouvelle-type restaurants in Los Angeles and the SF Bay Area. "New cuisine" isn't necessarily why we're going to Paris. That will be fun to experience, but it doesn't have to be on our anniversary. I like the idea of someplace old and traditional...kind of like us! (Not really...we're just in our early 40s!!) Which leads me to...
3) My mother ate there in the 1950s and so there is some sentimental attachment to the place. It's a rare thing that I ever do anything like my mother, so it will add to the heart of the matter. :)
4) My husband adores duck...it's his favorite thing to eat in a top-flight restaurant and it would seem that La Tour d'Argent has been specializing in canard since its inception (the restaurant's that is *wink*).
5) The amazing view. And with the advance notice we'll be able to give for our reservation, I imagine we can get the best table in the place...or at least one of them anyway. And I'm hoping that mentioning our anniversary event might get us some special treatment? I can dream....
So it seems to fit the romance/view/sentimental/great food/once-in-a-lifetime experience needs.
If my rationale is totally off and you can tell me reasons why I should go some place else, I am totally open to hearing them. But as it stands now, I think that's what we're going to do. I would go there for lunch on our anniversary to save money, but it falls on a Tuesday and they are not open on Tuesdays for lunch. Saving my pennies!! If any of you know any tips about getting the best experience there, please do share!
I feel relieved to have the "big meal" decided (well, *almost* decided...I await your comments on my reasoning). Now I can have fun planning all our other eating adventures in Paris!! I have many more lunches and dinners to plan. Thanks for all your help and for putting up with all of my pestering questions. It's been the most difficult fun I've had in a long time! :)