Has anyone had lunch at L'Arpege? Was it any good? Dinner there isn't yet in my price range (at >300 EUR pp.), so I'm hoping lunch is a cheaper way of sampling their fare. Does anyone know what lunch costs?
I read on another Chowhound thread that Arpege uses meat stock in some of their vegetable dishes. As a vegetarian, that's a deal-breaker for me. Does anyone know if they also do strict vegetarian cuisine? (And do it excellently?)
Also, I'm curious to know if there are restaurants doing extraordinary, gourmet vegetarian fare in Europe in general. I live in the Netherlands but would happily travel for the right meal! My few experiences at one-star Michelin restaurants have been hit-and-miss in the vegetarian category, while my omnivorous partner has usually been impressed with his food. I long to eat somewhere where the vegetarian offerings aren't hastily conceived concoctions of side dishes (aka. culinary bastard stepchildren of otherwise respectable restaurants).