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“a lunch of a lifetime”
Review of Le Taillevent

Le Taillevent
Ranked #44 of 17,520 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $125 - $276
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Champs-Elysees
Reviewed August 19, 2013

The ambiance was amazing, the service from the moment you entered the front door to when you left after 3.5 hours was unbelievable. Very friendly and informative. A very small world when you meet 2 tables of guests from 2 different continents whom you or your guests know. A world class destination.

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Reviewed August 16, 2013

Top-notch and very classy restaurant. Food was just delicious, as well as the wines. An expensive pleasure, but it was worth it.

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Reviewed August 4, 2013

Top notch ingredients in dishes which are (relatively speaking) not too elaborate, and, surprisingly, in massive portions: the "Summer menu" was humongous, it felt like 5 courses of the same size of the a la carte dishes, so either fast for a week, or go a la carte.

The room arrangement felt odd: couples are seated side by side, facing the room, at the centre of which about five waiters stand - so it is difficult not to get distracted by what else goes on in the room. Staff speak English, but the lack of habitual "please" and "thank you" makes it sound awkward. In addition, though they seem particular on their dress code, behaviour at the table seems to matter much less, so if a large table happens to be noisy, well just got to get on with it. Bear this in mind if you go for a special occasion.

Did I say it was not cheap? To give you an idea, mains are about €120 or more, I think a three course meal must set you off about €250 per head (excluding wine). Glad I went, but not really dreaming to go back soon.

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Reviewed July 31, 2013 via mobile

On a side street in Paris, you are greeted by a doorman and head waiter who lead you into the restaurant. Wood-paneled with beautiful art-work, the room is gorgeous and reminds me of a modern gentlemens club. The service was fantastic with all waiters and sommelier attentive and friendly. At 198 Euro per degustation the food was impressive but did not blow me away. I'd probably pay 110-140 for what we had. However, I was impressed with how reasonably priced the wine list was. Overall, I'm giving it 4/5 because it really was a fantastic experience which we will remember for the rest of our lives.

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1  Thank WardS378
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

Taillevent is simply summed up: it offers the top ingredients available in Paris, cooked without flights of fancy but very expertly in a classical French way.

We had the 'Summer menu' to give ourselves a chance to experience the very best in terms of freshness and seasonality (it's very expensive at 320 euros pp). An amuse of crispy rolls with crayfish was delicious. A lobster, served cold, was the epitome of this type of cuisine: impeccable product and preparation, pure elegance. This was followed by two monster sized dishes. The first, a viennoise of sole with girolles mushrooms, langoustines and aged Comte' was another, and different, superb example of classical cooking with stunning ingredients. The other main was a roasted duck with cherries which, while featuring a duck of superb flavour, given the large quantity and the simple conception of the dish, was a tiny bit monotonous. Dessert underpromised and overdelivered: a simple sounding wild cherries in a 'coque' of Ivoir chocolate was a more complex affair of many details, including pieces of meringue and a mousse, prettily presented, of great balance, flavour and lightness. But coffee confirmed the fact that the French have no conception of what a good espresso is :)

We struggled to finish it all. This is refined cuisine but not at all ethereal.

Service was disappointing. Too many somber and unsmiling faces, one of which too obviously dropped when we said we were having no wine (yet we spent more than with the regular tasting menu with an average wine...). Also, at this level and these prices it is unacceptable not to notice when taking away the dish that a cherry in the duck dish had not been stoned, itself an unacceptable execution mishap (again at this level and these prices). Finally, I resent that while they require the wearing of a jacket, in this way wanting to project an image of class and elegance, they allow noisy, loud speaking large tables in the room (on this occasion Americans): this isn't class, this isn't elegance, even with a tie on.

The room itself IS elegant, though depending on where you are you may find yourself seated very close to somebody from another table. I found this disappointing.

Overall, it was an experience I'm happy to have made but not one I will repeat soon. For all the culinary excellence, I still find the prices too high for what is delivered.

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