As an American living in Paris for over 20 years I believe this restaurant is completely overrated. I revisited recently for about the 5th time in these years to celebrate a very special family event. I only really booked to show my guest what an incredibly beautiful salon the restaurant is so lucky to be in and that is the main attraction.
Before writing my review I wanted to read other critiques to see if my disappointment may be an overreaction since I am considered a qualifiable foody and personal chef. So here is what I have to say about my personal experience.
The service was excellent and our waiter was most attentive, but you got the feeling the over staffed servers were constantly running with their heads cut off...like a pretentious theatre act.
The wine list made me laugh, especially when I asked for a red suggestion to go with the entree and plat we picked. Immediately the enthusiastic sommier suggested the 600 euro bottle of Burgundy. With humor, I refused and settled to the second least expensive Burgandy at 200 euros instead of the "basic table wine Burgundy" at 180 euros. By the time our plat arrived both of us were clogged up with an allergic reaction to this expensive bottle of mediocre wine. The bottled water was just what we needed to get through this.
The presentation of the a la carte courses was creative and artistic, but the actual dishes served were minimal in quantity and quite common lacking any unusual ingredients one would expect at the level of a 3 star restaurant with the renowned Ducasse name behind it--I would rank it as mediocre at best and cannot understand the 3 star status it holds. Does mediocrity and an overly priced menu deserve a 3 star status ? Alain Ducasse has achieved his goal of having yet another typical corporate restaurant catering to the fools out there who will pay any price thinking this is French cuisine at it's finest....it is not...time to take away a few of those stars and head out to Le Cinq, where you will have a true luxury dining experience.
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