Got back from Paris recently and followed other Chowhound posters' advice to go to lunch at Lucas Carton and not break the bank. Total was $300 and while the decor and service were great, the food was NOT UP TO PAR with Everest or Tru in Chicago (of course I had dinner at both places, not lunch).
I had the foie gras (in cabbage) for my starter and I've had a decent amount of foie gras before - this was different - much more smooth textured and less firm. There were two pieces. The left one had what looked like little veins in it that were red. I did not eat the whole dish and the staff asked me if something was wrong. I said, "no, it's just very rich." It also tasted overly metallic.
Other bad aspects of Lucas Carton: I asked for wine recommendations for our main course (I had pigeon, my friend had the 72-hour braised veal that some other poster trumped up - it was good, but not great). Instead of the sommelier coming out and talking to us, WINE BOTTLES came out to us and it was hard to say no. Mine was a 1988 something or another and I was dreading the bill. It wasn't too bad at about 38 euros a glass, but still...I would have preferred a consultation.
Pigeon was uninspired and a tad cold. Tahiti vanilla mille-feuille desert was decent. Asparagus appetizer was great. Amuse bouches and various little deserts were a nice touch.
Staff seemed almost palpably anti-American (while I sometimes am too, even though I live here, these snots seemed to be this way for other reasons - besides, humor me: I'm paying $300 for your average lunch).