We are going to Paris for a week in July. We have two reservations at three-star places. Taillevent for dinner on a Tuesday night and Lucas Carton for lunch on Friday afternoon.
I have been all over the world. I love great food and can afford it. But I've never been to a 3-star French restaurant. My tastes are best described as "middle of the road," i.e., not ossified but also not adventuresome for adventure's sake.
My thinking is the following:
- Taillevent because it's described as the standard-bearer in the category.
- Lucas Carton because it's described as being somewhat more adventuresome and maybe better food.
- A dinner and a lunch just for the contrast between the two.
- Two 3-star restaurants for purposes of comparison and in case one of them isn't all that great.
- No more than two 3-star restaurants because that's plenty of cream, pomp and circumstance for a week.
- As I browse here, I have seen some vaguely negative comments about Taillevent. Is that just jaded palates talking or is it riding on its reputation?
- Tuesday night. Will Taillevent be dead? The rez is for 8:30 p.m.
- We're doing this in the second week of July. Anything special to know about the timing?