My GF came to town and she loves to eat so this was the week of stars. All lunches
Table du Robuchon-Very understated dining room with no captain to fuss over you. The staff were very young, very helpful, and very nice. We did the 59€ special that included wine, coffee, and water. l had a soup of potiron and boeuf cheeks for plat, she had a foie entree and a pork belly for plat that my GF said was one of the best things ever to go down her gullet. Innumerable desserts and mignardaise followed. Wine was a columbier and Sauv Blanc mix and was very nice. They did something l thought was very generous, when our wine was gone and she wanted another glass, it was brought from a new bottle and no charge was made. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. 141€/2
Guy Savoy-This was different than most *** l have been to. Major difference was it seemed the every 2-3 tables had their own captain who was just there to talk and fill any wish you wanted. Chef was on premises and with great staff and a great sommelier( we drank 2 full bottles, and a 500 ml dessert) they made our time there almost theater. Food was good, the much heralded artichoke, truffle, and parmigiano soup was nice, but nothing stood out as memorable. An amuse was very small hot pieces of toast with foie and they were great. A pumpkin soup we did not order but did subsequently have a bit of, might have been the best thing there, it was deep and rich, not sweet but with the broth as base very dense. Main course was a mix of game in a Staub pot that was cooked correctly but no bravos were given. Many desserts but one was a green apple sorbet with dried apple slices and lemon sorbet and it was fabulous. We had a great time, primarily because they made it a party and did a great job. Get ready 630 €/2.
L'Arpege- l love vegetables, one of my best meals was French Laundry vegetarian menu thus my hopes were high. We were ushered in right on time and taken immediately to our table where we sat, and sat, and sat. l said to GF after 23 minutes, if no one came in 2 minutes we were walking. Finally someone came over and gave us menus and winelist and then we sat for an additional 10-15 minutes. We ordered the luncheon special and proceeded to be brought a line of vegetable dishes, some very good, the root vegetables, some very ordinary, the two temp egg. We had to find a waiter to get, first, bread, and the bread is indeed stellar, a different waiter for the butter, a third for a bottle of wine as sommelier went away and was never seen again. Scallop course was nicely done and we got one dessert, a macaron with scoop of ice cream. No mignardaises, and certainly no famous tomato with spice. They really could not care less we were there and quite frankly neither did we. Passard came out and talked with everyone and posed for pictures if desired and seemed very nice. 315 €/2
Chez L'Ami Jean-As always Stephane greeted us with a wave and sent over some sausage as a welcome. Entrees were a sardine on toast thing that was well done and encornet ( squid ) with a sauce that was very well prepared, others had a pumpkin soup, not pureed but chunks and sliced Jambon Iberica. Plats were the porcellet, which was super, the veau axoa which while underflavored, l really liked rich and stewy but not at all heavy, and the palombe which was cooked perfectly. The usual suspects showed up in pomme de terre puree and a carrot puree that was wonderful, his root purees are as good as it gets. One rice pudding did the four of us fine, but we got two anyway. Drank witha bottle of Morgon, lite and chilled, perfect. Had a baby there and a big dog thus a wonderful zoo. They are 'making' their own water now, both flat and gazeuse and it is excellent water. 2.5€ bottle and no carafe d'eau is available. 208 €/4
L'Ami Louis-Over my two months here have been to many restaurants and wanted to save this for last as last year it blew me away. Made the reservations, confirmed the reservations both in my fractured French and no problem and they were waiting for us with open arms. The tables unlike L'Ami Jean are far larger and no crowding is necessary, it is a helpful perq.
l have never been here when the spring lamb is available, l always come in the fall, duh. Thus the same menu was ordered again The escargots, the scallops, the cotes du Boeuf for 2 with the potato galette. Chateldon for water, no dessert, no coffee, and waddle off into the rainy afternoon. We drank a Georges Vernay Condrieu and a Vieux Donjon ChateauNeuf du Pape. To describe simply, everything was the best of its class l have ever had the pleasure of eating. The wait staff kidded with you, made you very happy to be there. It was a Sunday lunch so many families were there with multiple children. This was the meal of my dreams just as last year, l flat out loved it. 410 €/2
Well that is the end of the trip, l leave in a few days and doubt l will be eating out again, the company has left . If l had to put ratings on the restaurants on this report and the earlier two, l think l would pick L'Ami Louis for food; Le Cinq for food, glory, and making you seem like royalty; Chez Denise for great inexpensive food in a great fun environment. See you next year.