Restaurants & Bars 2


jeff | Nov 29, 200501:30 PM

I had dinner last Friday at Atelier Maitre Albert, the Guy Savoy restaurant in the 5th with my wife and 2 kids. I made the reservation using their web site and it couldn't have been easier. When we walked in, they asked us if we wanted smoking or non-smoking, and we happily went to the non-smoking room. The service was a bit crazed. It was as if the regular staff called in sick and the assistant manager ended up covering the whole room (6 or 7 tables plus a bar -- way too much for one person). The food was really nice. We started with the pumkin and mussel soup, which I really liked. Our kids liked their taste of the soup so much (they weren't hungry enough for starters and a main), they decided they wanted it too (sans musseles). My wife had the foie gras, which was good thought not exceptional. For mains we had the duck special, the beef, and the chicken. Their food is all grilled and they know what they are doing. The potatoes that came with the steak were especially delicious. We skipped desert, opting to go looking for a crepe on the street to finish off the meal.

The only complaint I have was when the person sitting next to me started to smoke. I asked the server if the entire room was non-smking, he told me yes and asked the smoker to stop. The smoker did, but spent the rest of the meal complaining how his rights had been trampled and what a travesty it was not being allowed to smoke. But he didn't light up again. I understand that a non-smoking law will be passed shortly and by February France will joing Ireland and Italy with non-smoking restaurants.

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