Paris has many Grand Hotels and Le Meurice is one of them. Expectations should be quite high having Afternoon Tea in such an establishment, from service to food to ambiance. As much as the ambiance was quite "grand", the rest was disappointing. Service was slow, there were only 3 waiters for all the tables, we had to pour our own water, it took long for the order to be taken, beverages to be served and food to arrive. From a luxury hotel in Paris this is simply not good enough. And the Afternoon Tea is Euro 69. In HK this would get you a fantastic afternoon tea with amazing food and great service, in Paris it gets you nothing. I sometimes feel Europe is living in the old days, looking at what you get compared to Asia - not much.And even when not comparing, one can still expect great service in a luxury hotel in Paris and amazing pastries. The pastries and sandwiches for the Afternoon Tea were bland, nothing special, quite disappointing actually. Paris having such great pastry shops and known for food, again a disappointment.
There are good reviews on TA, many more focused on lunch and dinner than Afternoon Tea, but a restaurant like this needs to deliver at all meal periods. I highly recommend trying Afternoon Tea somewhere else, simply not worth it.
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