I stayed at the hotel for two nights mid-December and had dinner the second night at Epicure. I've been there before on other trips to Paris and it is always a lovely experience, for lunch or dinner. That evening, with all the Christmas decorations inside and outside in the garden, it was especially pleasing.
The service is wonderful. My reservation was on the early side and I had everyone at my beck and call for a half hour or so. One recent review mentioned a kind of weird guy and I think he was there my night as well, but I knew he was well intentioned, so I didn't let his awkward behavior bother me. In the restaurant, as in the hotel, the main pleasure of being there is in just sitting back and letting them do their thing, you're in good hands.
I ordered the famous first course, the macaroni with black truffles and foie gras. It's a gorgeous looking plate of food, but I have to say it didn't win me over taste wise. I thought it would be richer and more flavorful. It was good, but not heavenly.
For the main course, I had the duck and it really was terrific. There was a fantastic sauce and the waiters kept coming to spoon more of it on the meat.
Dessert was spectacular. I love passion fruit and this was a divine concoction, a banana passion fruit sorbet, a pineapple passion fruit meringue parfait, a side drink of rum cider. It was splendid.
Between that and the wine and the amuses bouches and the extra desserts, little cookies and chocolates, caramels and nut candies, there is a lot of food. I left with a small packet that i enjoyed on my flight home the next afternoon.
I think the tab was about $250, and I only had a glass of wine. I would happily go again, and probably will. It's a special meal, the whole experience, and they carry it off nearly flawlessly.
The dining room, by the way, is wonderful. Plenty of room between tables, beautiful natural light at lunchtime from the wall of glass looking out on the garden. I would think it would be particularly lovely to enjoy a lunch there in the nice weather, outside if you can.
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