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“So very close to perfect”
Review of Les Ambassadeurs - CLOSED

Les Ambassadeurs
Price range: $145 - $246
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Description: The Counts of Crillon's former ballroom now hosts a gastronomic restaurant, acknowledged to be one of the best dining venues in the city. The place is grand and majestic, impressive in its scope as well as in the splendour of its Louis XV decoration, performed at the time by architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel: marble marquetry made of six different varieties, sumptuous crystal chandeliers, frescoes on the ceiling. In 2011, the restaurant has received its first Michelin star, awarded to its young and talented Chef Christopher Hache and his team.
Reviewed October 27, 2012 via mobile

On recommendation, we treated ourselves to a Michelin star meal in Paris. A luncheon menu allowed us to sample a three course meal at Les Ambassadeurs at 68 Euros/head, no more than the cost of a very average meal in home-town Sydney.

While the luncheon menu is limited to two choices per course, both my wife and I were able to select dishes that we liked and, per chance, between us we crossed off everything on the menu.

The food was superb. Wonderfully cooked and imaginatively presented. The courses were well spaced without leaving us twiddling our thumbs, yet 2 hours passed too quickly.

The service was a case study in attentiveness and efficiency, without being overbearing or pretentious. Note to Australian hospitality staff - please take a quick trip to Paris and see how it is meant to be done!

And the oppulence of the dining room, set in Hotel Crillon overlooking Place de la Corncorde, is breathtaking. Louise XIV would feel right at home.

One caution. While the set menu is excellent value, your drinks can rapidly blow out the cost of the meal. Les Ambassadeurs sports a wonderful wine list but finding a wine under 100 Euro/bottle is a challenge - how many wine lists boast wines at 5000 Euro?

All up not only a great meal but a wonderful experience.

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1  Thank Alan G
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lucdelafosse, Directeur général at Les Ambassadeurs, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2012

Thank you very much for this feedback.
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

The restaurant is absolutely gorgeous originally a ballroom from Louis IX era ...the menu is very limited and extremely overpriced..the food is average and definitely not worth the prices they charge ..we had to send back our main course twice ....we booked this restaurant on the Internet that offered a 40% discount thereby making it more reasonable ...the decor and ambiance is beautiful ,but the food very disappointing ....the main course was a plain piece of sole ,not Dover sole, wrapped in a sauce with 2 little potatoes on the side .....price 86 euros. You decide

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4  Thank lovetotravel91
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lucdelafosse, Directeur général at Les Ambassadeurs, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2012

All comments well taken on board, thank you.
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

This restaurant in the Hotel de Crillon is situated in the old ballroom and offers impeccable service, great food and an extensive fine dining wine list. Exopensive, but that is what you would expect in a restaurant of this type in one of Paris' most famous 5 star hotels. The only suprising thing was the somewhat lax dress code that a few years ago would have been far stricter, perhaps it is a sign of the times. Overall a great restaurant and one worth visiting.

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3  Thank levis501
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lucdelafosse, Directeur général at Les Ambassadeurs, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2012

Thank you very much for this kind feedback...
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

Everything is perfect, this is what is terrible! To criticize, I'm not sure that even in the kitchen you can find an error. Christopher Hache at the Crillon, it sounds good, like a gastronomical romance. As soon as the mise en bouche, this is unique, as the simple ball of butter molded, along with seaweed butter with these cute buns and mini breads. All recipes are typical but this savor faire Hache is magnificent. The Foie gras, I would eat it until the end of the meal if the rest until dessert was not also good too. The simple poached egg is a show! And the meat confit is a miracle of good taste and low temperature cooking enhanced by the Chef. I tried with a rare happiness Carpaccio of Wagyu beef and this is a monument. Everything is good, the dessert meanwhile, is the orgasm after the orgasm, a sin by itself. And even in the cave, there are generous wines and accessible to all.

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1  Thank Marc S
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lucdelafosse, Directeur général at Les Ambassadeurs, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2012

Fantastic feedback, thank you very much for putting it on Tripadvisor!
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

Thoroughly enjoyed Les Ambassadeurs for Sunday brunch. Whilst 90 euros a head is not inexpensive it is on reflection excellent value for money for a special occasion or memorable experience. The dining room has a historic and beautifully warm and calm ambience without being daunting or oppressive. The service from all restaurant staff is impeccable and flawless, some of the highest standards possible, anticipating all needs and totally unobtrusive and without negative or intimidating 'attitude' of any kind.The quality and quantity of food was impeccable including a glass of champagne, a choice of main course in addition to the savoury and dessert buffets and non alcoholic drinks. The cheese selection of 7 or more perfectly ripe cheeses some of the best I have tasted in France. A brilliant complete experience and value for the money.

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1  Thank WorldTraveller110412
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lucdelafosse, Directeur général at Les Ambassadeurs, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2012

Thank you so much for this nice feedback.
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