Paris was raining like no tomorrow. Almost every day it rained. We were heading off to Denmark this afternoon so we felt like some souffle as we didn’t have it during this trip. We heard about this place on a guide book and it was close to La Fayet and on the way back to the hotel. It was during a weekday so they had a lunch special.
They obviously specialised in souffle and had different liquors for their souffles on show.
We both went for the lunch special which included sparking water or wine. We went for the sparkling water.
Gotta have your bread in France.
Came with a salad as well.
French orchid as well on the table
IK went for the chicken souffle with sauce and then a dessert souffle after.
I went for a main course fries with chicken instead. The fries were amazing
The sauce that went into the souffle.
There was a whole cabinet filled with grand mariner.
The souffles were huge! I wondered how many egg whites goes into one of these. So I went for the grand marinier souffle. The waiter dug a little hole and filled it and then poured it around. It was soft and amazing.
IK went for a sour cherry chocolate one. I ended up having 1.5 souffles.
Finished with a coffee… I miss Melbourne so much!
A little cute card to keep afterwards!
Beautiful shop front.
Rating : 14/20
Dish of the day : Obviously the souffle. but the main was also nice. Grand Marnier souffle for sure
Tip : Go for lunch, lunch special is quite reasonable.
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 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.
A few more snaps before we head up.
Once you enter, you are greeted and you have to go through security before entering.
Took this just before heading up the lift
The dining area is at the 123m the second level, theres a higher observatory deck you can also up to as well.
You are able to see through the glass so you have an idea about this whole gigantic tower.
More pics inside the lift
More pics from the lift
And more pics.
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.
We didn’t really used these to eat but it was just for show i guess?!
I enjoyed the ambiance too!
Had some cheese sticks and a bottle of sparking orezza to start.
For lunch you can choose to have their degustation or a 3 course meal. We chose the 3 course meal and it was ample.
Went for a French beer – 1664 Kronenburg.
IK had a mocktail.
Even the butter was shaped in an Eiffel Tower!
The French Pastries and bread are just so damn good.
First course was an amuse bouche – tuna with some cut up asparagus drizzled with olive oil. It was very tasty despite being simple.
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.
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.
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.
IK had the grenobloise pollock, quick sauteed spinach with swiss chard leaves. She said it was very tasty and it looked and sure did.
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.
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.
The praline chocolates were devlishly good too.
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.
Hmmm after one bite, you’re in chocolate heaven.
We really couldn’t finish the rest…
But we definitely had to take a photo of us having lunch at the most romantic place on earth possibly.
The chef’s book ‘Ducasse’ and other things for sale as well.
We also got to take home some goodies and the menu home!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Thats wheat happens when you travel and eat, you tend to OVER order. It was substantial indeed.
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.
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
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