Saturday, July 14, 2012

Jules Verne ( * )

The restaurant is on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower at 125 m above ground overlooking Paris. There is a private elevetor only for the restaurant, without the big queue of the tower. The chef is Pascal Féraud, it has 1 michelin star and belongs to Alain Ducasse's empire. 

We went for the lunch menu with starter, main course and dessert.
Firstly came some bread and butter and an amuse bouche. The amuse bouche was some finely chopped vegetables and bacon, covered by a light cream, to form a nice soup. 

The starter was a fantastic veloute soup with coquillages et crustacés and citrus.

The main course, guineafowl with black chanterelles (trompettes de mort), asparagus and chestnuts in a white sauce. A very rich dish, tender meat and generaly very good. 

The other main course was sea bass with mushrooms, figs and eggplant mousse. The fish was cooked well on time but it was a small fillet by all means. 

The dessert, coffe and chocolate tarte accompanied by hazelnut sorbet. 

After the dessert we had some chocolates, vanilla macarons and marshmallows and some madeleines to take away.

The food was very good, well executed with nice ingredients. The service was good but nowhere near Louis XV. The best part was the veloute soup although the amuse bouche was flat and the bread average to bad. Booking a table prior to visit this restaurant will be essential , as there were no empty tables during my visit. 

If you dont mind that much about eating on the Eiffel tower, then book at Alain Ducasse at Le Meurice, his 3 star flagship. The lunch menu there starts at 85 euros for starter and main or 110 for starter main and dessert. 

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