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“Good food, odd wine service”
Review of L'Abeille

L'Abeille
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Ranked #4 of 17,505 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $275 - $275
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Trocadero
Description: Named in homage to Napoleon's favourite emblem, the bee, the French gastronomic restaurant L'Abeille offers sophisticated cuisine created by Chef Christophe Moret, awarded 2 Michelin stars in the Michelin Guide.
Reviewed June 26, 2012

We went there to wish some of our friends goodbye who were leaving Paris, and had the tasting menu.

The food was very nice, no question why they have one of their two stars, and quite possibly they deserve the second. I found the lowly chicken dish the most revelatory of the night, but the fish and desserts were also extremely well done. The menu appears to change fairly frequently. The prices are nose-bleed high, and the ladies get no prices. You are paying for a lot of pomp and circumstance.

But I was distracted by the wine service. The reason for serving a wine in a basket is so that you can take it from its presumably horizontal storage to the table with minimal agitation, keeping it as horizontal as possible.. Leave the sediment undisturbed. But here, our first bottle was kept mostly horizontal through uncorking, but then the server, in what seemed to be a practiced gesture, would take the bottle vertical between pouring each glass. Now it was merely a little over a decade old Burgundy, but why? Maybe I was being encouraged to go older in the carte de vin.

A later, older, Bordeaux was decanted and treated better.

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Reviewed May 17, 2012

Friends visiting France for a few weeks decided to finish their holiday with a Michelin starred meal and chose L'Abeille in the 16th as their destination. There were five of us and we were all very pleased with the choice! In this recently revamped hotel run under the Shangri-la banner, from the welcome to the farewell we were made to feel very welcome and left feeling that L'abeille was indeed well deserving of their recently awarded second star. We chose the degustation for the table with the matched wines and were not disappointed. The meal took us four hours from the time we sat down and as well as the food being an absolute delight, the wine matchings were some of the best pairings I had experienced, a few moments of alchemy even! The hotel environment is simply gorgeous, marble and spacious and opulent to the extreme! One of the many highlights was the "pork from two origins" and featured which may well have been the smallest rib of pork ever produced! So wrong but so right! Ingredients were perfect and presented beautifully. The farewell gift of a gorgeous jar of honey was the icing on the cake! Chef signed the menus and left us feeling very satisfied with the night. You may need to take more than one credit card however, il etait tres couteux!€€€€

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Reviewed September 29, 2011

My husband and I travelled to Paris for two weeks to celebrate my 50th birthday. Being rather fond of French food a special dinner out in Paris was obligatory. I admit to being just a little intimated by the thought of going to a stylish French restaurant having only a few words and phrases of poorly spoken French up our sleeves. My worries were allayed the minute we arrived at the door of the Shangri-La Hotel, being greeted like very special guests and Bon Soired by a bevy of hotel staff as we walked through the beautiful marble floored foyer to find the restaurant.
From beginning to end the evening was memorable. Glorious surroundings, formal and knowledgeable staff with a twinkle in their eye ready to enjoy a joke should the guest choose to partake and menus in English!
The food was sublime and the service impeccable. The visit from the Chef following desert was a lovely personal touch.
The evening was pure food theatre of the highest calibre from 7.30 until 12.15 which was when we first even contemplated the time.
This was an evening of pleasure, indulgence and surprises. A wonderful way to spend a special occasion. Do not hesitate.
PS We spent 470 Euro - this included three courses plus coffee and cheese (and there are lots of added surprises along the way), a glass of champagne, a glass of white wine, fruit juices and bottled water. We felt this a reasonable cost for such a quality evening.

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