Category Archives: Paris

Le Grand Vefour 👍👍👍👍👌

Stunning, old world restaurant in the Palais-Royal with the original decor from the 1780s. One feels like an Emperor dining in a classical French palace with modern day tuxedo servers everywhere you look. Reeks of elegance, money, power, class..all the things we are not, nor ever aspired to be, nor ever could be…lots of “nors” in our lives…

Service exceptional!!! There are six people in our little parlour. We have at least four people serving us. Focus on making sure we get that which we want before we know we wanted the same. Yippeee!!!

Chef Guy Martin greeted us at the door and “Mr David” introduced himself. Our recent friend we met at Robuchon St. Germain, Fumi-san, made an excellent introduction. Domo arigato, Fumi-san!!!

Serious wine list. Very happy with the 1/2s so chose two. Only problem is the price, which is near what we would expect to pay for a full bottle! C’est la vie…

Glass of N.M. Duval LeRoy 1er Cru Fleur de Champagne Blanc for an aperitif. Does not suck, especially for an aperitif!!!

Half bottle of 2009 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru “Les Combettes” Domaine Vincent Girardin. Outstanding Burgundy nose, slightly floral and creamy with excellent fruit. Nice, fairly long, smooth finish. Happy we be!

Half bottle of 2008 Chambolle-Musigny Clos du Village Domaine Antonin Guyon. The Sommelier surprised me by choosing (a) a wine I did not short-list, (b) a “village” wine and (c) a less expensive wine than my short-list. A first!!! Having said that, an excellent first. Soft, feminine red Burgundy with a nice, elegant, Queen of England sorta finish…I can feel the “royal wave” in my tummy.

Chateldon (sparkling) and Thanon (still) both excellent waters! We ordered, by error, the Evian. Next time we shall not err as Evian cannot touch Thanon.

Amuse bouche was a creamy cauliflower and oil sauce in a shot glass with a solid piece of what appeared to be a lightly cooked slab of tuna.  Tres yummy.

Our appetizer of various veggies was far too pretty to eat so we declined to eat it…yeah, right! OMYG. Simple broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, mushrooms, etc, but so crunchy and fresh and seasoned in such a way – primarily with mustard – to be a Thai-like orgy in the mouth. Mushrooms don’t rank high for us, but in this dish…Wow!!! We ate all of it! Continue reading Le Grand Vefour 👍👍👍👍👌

L’Astrance 👍👍👌

After nearly two kilometers walking in the miserable rain, we gave up and boarded the Metro. Fortunately, the man in the Information booth understood English, researched the closest station to the restaurant, sold us a ticket and told us the stop. All in French, bless his little soul. Voila…we could not understand him. We started looking at the board and suddenly realized he had said TROCADERO. Well, we at least hoped he said that because we set off in that direction. A quick look at the map confirmed we were heading in the right direction…whew! Continue reading L’Astrance 👍👍👌

Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire – Chef’s Table 👍👍👍👍👍

We are unabashed Pierre Gagnaire “Groupies”. Simply stated, returning to this Michelin Three Star palace of culinary conquests always is a pleasure. We have even greater expectations, if possible, as we are being treated to Pierre’s new (since 2013) Chef’s Table. Allez, Allez Continue reading Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire – Chef’s Table 👍👍👍👍👍

Restaurant Guy Savoy 👍👍👍👍👍

A nightmare two hour journey from our hotel to this stunning Michelin Three Star restaurant. The taxi drivers decided to strike today in opposition to the introduction of Urbus, which allows consumers to have more involvement/control with their taxi experiences. Idiots! The Marriott hotel staff, who possess less intelligence than a single cell amoeba, only exacerbated the situation on more levels than worth mentioning here. Marriott will get an earful!!!

In any event, we met Chef Savoy at his Las Vegas restaurant – which was fabulous – and we were compelled to try his HQ. He visited all the tables and smiled graciously when we reminded him of our visit to Las Vegas. Continue reading Restaurant Guy Savoy 👍👍👍👍👍