Hi everyone! So I’m a long time lurker, first time poster. I’ve been reading the various chowhound forums for a while and love the advice everyone has given me (albeit indirectly) for a number of trips. The reason I’m posting is that I’m having quite a dilemma picking a restaurant for an upcoming trip to Paris in a few months. I’ve been reading the forums religiously for a while and have used everyone’s advice to select a number of other restaurants for our trip but need help with the biggest decision.
Let me first set the scene: I’ll be traveling to Paris with my girlfriend in a few months and it’ll be first time there for both of us. We’re both young, in our late 20s, love food but are by no means “foodies.” We love a great meal but also a good drink and restaurants where service is fun and lively and not stuffy. We will eat basically all types of food so there are no real dietary restrictions. My girlfriend is particularly fond of excellent service, sometimes even more than the food! So the situation is this, I plan on surprising my girlfriend with a wedding proposal on a weekend night (either Friday or Saturday) and then want to whisk her to an absolutely fabulous meal to celebrate. Like I said before, neither of us have really been to anything approaching the ultimate 2 and 3-star fine dining of Paris, but for this meal, price is truly no object (seeing as how it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience). I think I’ve narrowed my choices down to Le Cinq vs Guy Savoy. I’ve read reviews of both and think they can both offer what we’re looking for, but they definitely have different personalities as restaurants. We’ll both be having the tasting menus plus accompanying wine to get a sense of what they offer and a truly memorable dining experience. I was hoping to get people’s input regarding the two choices and pros and cons of each regarding our specific situation.
Are these places the best to go for tasting menus? Is one better than the other? Is there anything they can add to the service to make it extra memorable? Will the head chefs be present in the kitchen on a weekend night (or does it even matter)? And in the end, which restaurant would offer an experience that she will remember for the rest of her life?
Thanks so much for everyone’s input!