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06 ARR: Le Restaurant at L’Hotel

13 Rue des Beaux Arts , Phone: 1 44 41 99 01
www.l-hotel.com

Reviewed by: AndrewG from USA, review #4016

When: 2012

This was my wife’s birthday dinner, and Le Restaurant made me look like a really good husband! We would definitely return.

Directions: on Rue des Beaux Arts, between Rue de Seine and Rue Bonaparte.

L’Hotel is a plush and apparently quite hip hotel, known as the last home of Oscar Wilde, and the “swinging” place to be in the 60’s. Its one star restaurant is very pretty, elegant and intimate. The service is semi-formal, that hard to define oh so French combination of serious and attentive, yet friendly. We started with cocktails brought from the lobby bar that were so well-made, we knew the evening could turn out to be quite special. And, it did. Call me crazy, but with the possible exception of Japan, where but in a fine French restaurant do you see such truly beautifully presented dishes? The procession we enjoyed was one magazine cover photo after another. Two amuse bouche dishes, one consisting of four different, perfect bites of seafood perfection, and, another, the best soft cooked egg ever, with caviar; then our starters, her Boletus mushrooms and my Normandy scallops, followed by her frog legs and my pheasant hen, then the cheese course – our first “pavé de Betz le chateau,” followed by, what else, a pre-dessert, and then a series of dessert plates that were so pretty we took entirely too many photos. This was my wife’s birthday dinner, and Le Restaurant made me look like a really good husband! We would definitely return.

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