Los Angeles, California
June 30, 2005
During my first visit to Paris, I wanted to experience this famous landmark hotel's restaurant. After having browsed the web for a romantic and quintessential French fine-dining experience, this turned out to be an excellent choice. We were not disappointed. The decor is in the style of a mini Versailles. It is elegant and sophisticated. All of the lessons I learned in proper manners from my mother as a child immediately "kicked in" when I most needed them.
I realized how much of a pleasure it is to have establishments such as these to retreat to, a respite from the mundane and the coarseness of our everyday lives...a haven for fine dining is truly a rare and special occasion and one most aptly enjoyed in Paris. Europeans truly enjoy their meals...unrushed, they savor the environment as much as the food. My husband and I reveled in the top-notch service; there was even someone to bring a small floor stand for my purse. Can't have my purse sitting on their spotless marble floor, now can I?The meal was divine. The filet mignon I ordered MELTED in my mouth, and the choice of breads they served before and during the meal were exquisite. We enjoyed a fine champagne with our meal, which really topped off what was already an incredible experience. We knew going in that it was an extravagance, but one well worth it. It was a purely Parisian moment that I wouldn't have missed for anything. I highly recommend it!
From journal Paris from New Eyes