I shared with you how much we enjoyed visiting a restaurant in Cartmel UK, during our O/S trip last Christmas. In planning our itinerary we had discussed a couple of places we planned to visit in France also and I will tell you more about them another time.
After a day of shopping (of course we were in Paris ….. and I was looking for shoes – as you would expect!) Tezza asked “what about dinner tonight”. “Anywhere will be fine with me” I responded. We had some exquisite plans for the next few evenings, I had purchased 2 stunning pairs of footwear that day, so a local ‘cheap and cheery’ was fine by me. A while later I was advised to get my coat and scarf, we were off to dinner.
A few blocks from our hotel we arrived at L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon. Oh La La. What to say?
I had very few preconceived ideas of this restaurant and as we were a late, on-line booking the only seat was ‘at the bar’. Now, ‘at the bar’ is not quite the same as ‘at the bar’ in most other places. This was like …. Well, let’s just say you are immersed in the dining experience. One of the reviews I have read somewhere commented “it is like being at a kitchen bench amongst the food being cooked” .. and yes it is, but not your average kitchen bench (unless you are at the bench at PCH … *wink wink*). It does not take away from a very luxurious sense of dining.
We opted for a tasting menu and it was SOOO delicious. When food is spectacular in presentation (I remember someone once telling me that so much of eating is the visual & cerebral impact), the theater of the food is not over the top crazy, the food is explained and spoken about with respect and then tastes just bloody good …. Well, that makes for satisfied fine dining.
A spontaneous dinner date, in Paris, at an unplanned destination, with a last minute booking = one of our finest food/travel memories.