Sorry if this is a redundant post, but I read a bunch of reviews and I'm having trouble figuring out what to do.
I'm considering doing either two fancy lunches or one fancy dinner when I visit in late January. After reading around, I learned that my options are pretty limited due to the schedules of the top restaurants (I'm in Paris Sunday and Monday). Since this is my first opportunity to dine at the top level in Paris, I'm pretty focused on getting the 3-star experience. My primary objective is cuisine. I don't value ambiance, decor, service, or a wine list anywhere close to how I value food. I'm looking for my first *wow* French cuisine experience.
Based on my research, my options are as follows:
Le Meurice - Lunch or Dinner
Arpege - Lunch or Dinner
Ducasse - Dinner Only
Bristol - Lunch or Dinner
Ledoyen - Dinner Only
Gagnaire - Lunch or Dinner
1) Am I better off doing two lunches (where one has to be Le Bristol due to scheduling), or one dinner? I'm not prepared to drop that kind of money on two dinners, but at the lunch price point it's more palatable.
2) Am I already too late to make reservations for January 22 and 23?
3) And of course, which restaurant/restaurants would you choose for a truly exceptional French Haute Cusine experience?