Tuesday, 26 February 2013

My Most Expensive Dinner Ever, Like Ever

C'mon now, like seriously, how ridiculous can you get? Well apparently in Paris you are able to get stupidly ridiculous, just because you are renowned to have the best food in the world. To give you an example, the cheapest starter you can order is 85 euros. No, that's not a typo. Our dinner of 2 starters, 2 mains, 1 dessert and 4 drinks was a total of 650 euros, and we didn't even go for the expensive stuff on the menu. 

Excited and ready for dinner. Dress from boutique store in Korea
L'Ambroisie is a three michelin star restaurant in Paris district 4 that is famous amongst food enthusiasts but not publicly or commercially famous outside of it's circle. With very little media and spotlight, the restaurant has a very discreet and professional service, a little too stiff for my liking if I am being honest.  Saad, the man of few words described the restaurant as we sat down as 'Anymore French, you die'. Thanks darlin, for your insightful analysis...Anyway, unlike a lot of high end restaurants in Paris which have old school decor, L'Ambroisie has a contemporary-classic decor that would make you feel like you are dining in modern day Versailles. With only 13 tables, it can get a little quiet in there so I constantly felt the need to whisper every time I wanted to say anything.

Stunning dining room

Saad's menu with the prices...
The menu is very simple and straight forward to the point that I feel, for a three michelin star it needs more creativity and imagination. As much as the food was amazing, nothing on the menu really excited me. You can shave as much truffle or sprinkle as much caviar as you like, I am paying a fortune, I expect a lot more. Actually I had to send one of my chicken dish back because it seriously didn't taste much of anything, despite having a mountain of truffle shavings on top. Serves me right for ordering chicken in a 3 michelin star I guess. If you want real French food with no fancy gimmicks or experimental dishes then this would be at the top of it's game without a doubt. I have nothing against real, simple, honest French food, but I wouldn't pay 3 stars for it. As much as it hurt to look at the bill, I am glad I got to try the real deal. 

Frog leg's starter

Sole and caviar
Their famous chocolate tart - so light and airy

Dining room

Green tea with dessert
650 euros poorer, we walk outside into the freezing cold and decide we needed to walk off that dinner before going to bed. Our driver suggested we visit the Sacre Coeur at night and see Paris lit up. He was right, it was much more beautiful at night, no mad crowds, and seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkle made me feel like I was in a Chanel advert.

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  1. Sole and caviar dish looks amazing! And the restaurant is so perfect and quaint..Loves it x