Le Jules Verne Review

We have never been to Europe let alone to one of the world wonders – the Eiffel tower. You’d be blown away by how majestic this famous tower is. You’d be able to spot it a mile away and to be able to dine up there as well is once in a lifetime experience everyone should do.

The Eiffel Tower

The restaurant we were going to was the Le Jules Verne – a one star michelin restaurant. It had its own lift up to the restaurant which saves you from queueing up and you don’t have to buy a separate ticket up as well.

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Le Jules Verne entrance

A few more snaps before we head up.

View from the bottom up

Once you enter, you are greeted and you have to go through security before entering.

Inside the lobby area

Took this just before heading up the lift

Big mirror before the lift

The dining area is at the 123m the second level, theres a higher observatory deck you can also up to as well.

Display of how tall the building is

You are able to see through the glass so you have an idea about this whole gigantic tower.

Views from the lift

More pics inside the lift

view from the lift

More pics from the lift

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Views from the lift

And more pics.

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More Views

Once we got up you were welcomed to your table and maybe because i booked early, we got a window seat. Upside down palte and some funky cutlery.

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Table setting

We didn’t really used these to eat but it was just for show i guess?!

Le Jules Verne Cutlery

I enjoyed the ambiance too!

Me enjoying the views

 

Had some cheese sticks and a bottle of sparking orezza to start.

Orezza Sparkling

For lunch you can choose to have their degustation or a 3 course meal. We chose the 3 course meal and it was ample.

The Menu

Went for a French beer – 1664 Kronenburg.

1664 Kronenborg

IK had a mocktail.

IK’s mocktail

Even the butter was shaped in an Eiffel Tower!

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Butter Shaped Eiffel Tower

The French Pastries and bread are just so damn good.

French Bread

First course was an amuse bouche – tuna with some cut up asparagus drizzled with olive oil. It was very tasty despite being simple.

Amuse Bouche

The first entree was a half smoked salmon, tangy vegetable and herb tartare. The texture of the salmon was unbelievable. Look how even the herb tartare is immaculately dotted from a big size to a small dot.  It was a lovely combination.

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Salmon Entree

When you’re in France, you gotta have escargots right? IK had the Helixberrin Snails, warm marmalade and parsnip jus. I had one of these and I was definitely in France.

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Helixberrin Escargot

For the main course I had the corn-fed chicken fricasse, tomato stuffed in tomato. I tell you what. The french do amazing sauces, and this was one of the best jus/sauces I have ever tasted. It wasn’t just a simple chicken dish, there was a lot of thought into the sauces and the stuffed tomato was very interesting. Lots more tomatoes inside that which really married well with the chicken.

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Corn-fed chicken main

IK had the grenobloise pollock, quick sauteed spinach with swiss chard leaves. She said it was very tasty and it looked and sure did.

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IK’s main course

Now onto dessert. This was probably the highlight of the meal. Crunchy tower nut, chocolate from our factory in Paris. Inside this was crunchy and so much bite, it was rich, but it was devilishly good. The ice-cream helped a bit to cut through the sweetness but it was sweet but so addictive.

Tower Nut Chocolate

It also came with some pralines, macarons, a whole friggin bowl of marshmallows and pastries. I mean how the hell do you finish all of this.

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Pastries, Marshmallows, chocolate

The praline chocolates were devlishly good too.

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Chocolates

IK’s main was a Melba Peach our way. with cream on top. Raspberry on the side. It looks better than it tasted. Should have went for option 3. It wasn’t bad but not as good as my devilishly chocolate crunchy nut.

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Melba Peach Our way

Hmmm after one bite, you’re in chocolate heaven.

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We really couldn’t finish the rest…

Unfinished desserts

But we definitely had to take a photo of us having lunch at the most romantic place on earth possibly.

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Us Dining at Le Verne Jules

The chef’s book ‘Ducasse’ and other things for sale as well.

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We also got to take home some goodies and the menu home!
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After the meal, you are able to go down a floor to the observatory deck and look around and it was amazing. The best short cut and perk if you hate lining up queues.

Bottom Line

Loved it, it lived up to its 1 star Michelin rating and it was pure French. So French so good. The jus and the sauces were so damn good it really lives with you.

Would I go back ? No doubt

Dish of the day : hard but my main course was very delicious.

Rating : 16.5/20

Avenue Gustave Eiffel, Paris, France

01 45 55 61 44

Pedra Alta Review Paris

We were tired but wanted to stay awake once we arrived. We arrived in the morning and couldn’t check in yet so we travelled around town a bit. IK was reading forums and blogs and we decided to try this Seafood restaurant near Marcel Sembat station. Looking at tripadvisor, it wasn’t so promising – ranked #2005. We’ve been walking all day so we were pretty hungry so we were up for anything.

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Pedro Alta

When we arrived, there were already a swarm of mainlanders waiting to get into the restaurant. The funny thing is, the restaurant doesn’t open till like 7pm. So at 6pm, you see all the mainlanders waiting and seeing the staff eat first! Very unusual. We waited for about 40mins or so and when it opened, we got a spot quite quickly. There wasn’t any line for the queue it was just get in when you can! Pedra Alta is a chain restaurant and have quite a few around Paris. This one was closest to the metro so it was the easiest to get to.

 

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Pedro Alta

Theres quite an array to order but we opted for the cooked seafood platter which comes with Paella. We ordered some sparkling water and wines ( which were terrible so no photos)

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Sparkling water Badoit

We made a huge mistake. We ordered this platter for 2. but seriously it can feed 100 refugees with this. Had mussels, chips, prawns, lobsters, crab with their dipping sauce. Also came with a Paella with soup on the side.

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Cooked Seafood Platter

Thats wheat happens when you travel and eat, you tend to OVER order. It was substantial indeed.

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Seafood platter closeup

The lobster was good. I mean it wasn’t overcooked and it came off the shells nicely meaning its fresh. There was just too much food. and we did the best we could for 2 people. Also there was squid, crab mousse etc. It definitely isn’t for someone who doesn’t like to get their hands dirty coz it was just messy as cracking shells etc.

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not even 1/4 way through this

My Bottom line

Its really worth it for about 80 euros including drinks. it’s fresh and we were happy with the seafood. Its pretty close from the metro but i’m not sure about fighting a spot with all the mainlanders and the odd waiting until 7pm to get in. Very unusual. It’s no fine dining or any major french cooking techniques involved.

Tips – if you like seafood – this is what you get and good value. Order maybe for 1 first before ordering more, its just way too much. Don’t order the wines as they are foul.

Rating – 13/20

Boulogne

6, Avenue Du Général Leclerc
92100 Boulogne
Tél: 0 146 035 404

next up Eiffel Tower Restaurant! Les Jules Verne!

Abu Dhabi to Charles De Gaule Paris

After a long Taxi we finally got to the terminal. Abu Dhabi is a massive airport with many connections to other countries. There were a few terminals as well.

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Abu Dhabi Airport

Etihad premium lounge was pretty big and packed. Can’t believe how many passengers were flying or had status. Doesn’t really makes sense. Seems like a contract lounge where people can use their priority pass or pay to get in lounge.

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Etihad Premium Lounge

There were plenty of seats around and oodles of space. But getting a seat was pretty hard. I wanted to go for the free 15 min massage so we quickly went to six senses to check it out.

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Etihad Lounge

There were many options but i opted for a neck and shoulder massage. I was told to come back at 12:20am so around 30 mins wait. It was very well organised they had staff everywhere and a queue obviously as well.

Six Senses Menu
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Six Senses Spa

There’s also a style and shave if you wanted a haircut or a shave or get your manicure done.

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Style and Shave Etihad Lounge

The Massage was lovely, my masseur was an Indian and we got chatting about how he came about to Abu Dhabi and cricket. I then had a shower afterwards which was in the same area. The showers were clean and had attendants. Comparable to Cathay showers.

Etihad Shower
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Etihad Toilet

There was a large bar as well and you could order anything you liked. It was about time for boarding so I took a few more snaps just so show how humongous this lounge was.

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Etihad Bar Seats
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Etihad Lounge Bling

The boarding area was like flying domestic jetstar again. PACKED like sardines. We still had to wait as business class passengers

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Boarding Gate

There was a business class/first class bus to take us to the plane. Still disappointed they didn’t have BMWs for their first class passengers.

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Bus to the plane
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Premium class Bus

Saw lots of planes on the way to ours.

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We flew the Boeing A340 which still has 3 classes First / Business / Economy. I was fairly impressed with first class so comparing the business class would be great.

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Boeing A340.

In business class, there are 28 business class seats in a 1 – 2 – 1 formation. However every alternate seat in the window side or the central seats either face out or face in. I don’t get why they need to make it facing out on the aisle. Sort of makes sense in the middle if you don’t know the person but there are other products out there which are better. Cathay for example. IK was pretty happy as she wouldn’t be able to see me for the rest of the flight.

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Business Class seat

These seats were fully lie flat beds but they really are cramped. I’m 181cm, and my legs were squished up the end when reclined fully. They also have a fold down table which you can make it go closer to you or further depending if you are working / eating a meal. Also comes with amenity kit and a thick blanket.

Etihad Pearl Business class seat
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Glass of Champagne
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Business Class menu
Menu

As with all business seats, a glass of champagne was necessary. They had a champagne Jacquart brut ‘Mosaique’ from France which was nice.

Drinks Menu
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Menu Cont.

The Amenity kit aint as big as the first class one and didn’t come with pyjamas and slippers. comes with the usual toothbrush etc.

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Amenity kit

Theres’ a bottle of water already in the bottle holder.

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bottle of water

Your seat number and light was located on this ‘thing’.

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Seat no.

Noise cancellation headphones were just in a plastic bag. I don’t think they’re any different to the first class ones to be honest. Again not great quality ones either.

Headphones

I actually thought the service from the business class crew were better. The flight was packed and had to look after 28 passengers on business class however they did a good job. When I asked for service they came promptly. I ordered some cheese from the any time menu after a few hours sleep. This was very good.

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Cheese platter

Breakfast came and I really didn’t feel like eating much. However I tried my best. I thought the eggs were slightly under done. Otherwise nothing fancy and special about this breakfast.

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Breakfast

The controls were not as fancy as the first class touch screen. It was just on a panel next to you. Had the massage functions etc which was more like a buzz than anything else.

Controls

You definitely couldn’t work through the centre aisle seats if you got the outside seats like we had. Even if you tried reaching over with you hand it was too far.

Centre Aisle seats

Switched on the air show and we were almost there. The E-BOX wasn’t as good as the first class one as you could watch live television. Screen was quite small as well.

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Air show

Getting through immigration and customs was a breeze at Charles De Gaulle. They didn’t really care i thought! Again we were greeted by the Etihad chauffeur drivers and this time we had an E CLASS merc. yay!

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Merc Chauffeur

Our driver didn’t speak much english i think, but it was comfortable. The centre consoles had bottles of water and the trip took about 30 mins. Saved about 45 euro if you took uber to our hotel.

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Overall, I thought there are other better hard product business class seats out there like Cathay Pacific. It was squishy and wasn’t really long enough for me.  Maybe I was too spoilt by the first class seats and downgrading was a bad option. The soft product was good and couldn’t complain. And even if you’re booked on a business award like me, you are eligible for a chauffeur service and pretty much go anywhere you like in Paris.

If I had to choose, first class would be my pick. However, the new Business class seats in the A380 or dreamliners might be much better I heard so hard to tell until I’ve tried those products.

Rating 14/20