"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

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Donna Baker

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Le Jules Verne

Want to see what $375.oo per person looks like in a famous Paris restaurant? Le Jules Verne has its own entry into the Eiffel Tower. It is modern, Michelin starred, the famed Alain Ducasse for a chef and beautiful. The wait time for reservations is weeks to months. But $375.oo per person? Was it worth the price? You'll have to wait till the bottom to find out.
We never did use the thin silver fork and knife. Guess it was just for looks. We didn't use half the serve ware before it was all removed and replaced with new pieces. Someone said they have to weigh all the silverware etc. so they will know how much weight is added to the Eiffel Tower.

This fabulous plate was puzzling until they flipped it over to the front.

Did I say that wine, water and other beverages were not included in the prix fix? We did get many different courses. In fact, I don't remember what everything was, or remembered to take pictures of all the courses, but it all tasted wonderful; the presentations exquisite. Except, for the... you'll find out later.

I think my camera overexposed this little dish. I believe it was a tan colored chestnut soup. Of course, the champagne could also have made me forget which dish it was. Good though. Very silky consistancy.
I must say I have no memory of this little thing. Nut, tiny pastry? I'm sure I put it in my mouth.

I do remember this dish was grilled endive but can't remember the rest. Only, that it was good.

Oh no. Someone hold my nose.

Very good.

Two kinds of fish with sauce, though I'm not a big fan of the foam fad that has passed its heyday. Sorry chef.

Beef fillet over a bed of spinach.

Some kind of flan with a fresh fruit confit and caramel sauce.

Cannelle of ice cream with candied hazelnuts. There was also another ice cream cannelle served after this. It was white so maybe limon?

Chocolate truffles, marshmallow, macarons, cookies; we could hardly eat by then.

This chocolate confection was the same size as the nuts or is it bolts, used on the Eiffel Tower. It was very good but by then, we were stuffed.

So, what was it that I did not like? The eighth picture from the top. You guessed it. The quintessential French favorite. Fois Graaas. Though not as pungent nor dirty tasting as beef and chicken liver, the foie was delicately flavored then the gras liver whang hits the taste buds. Okay. Maybe not a whang, but my mouth said liver. Blech! Okay, I hate liver, but I'm sure it was wonderful for the liver lovers.

So, it was a once in a life time meal. Le Jules Verne was gorgeous and you need to go just to see the futuristic bathroom. It is in the Eiffel Tower. The view was spectacular. I did get to taste freshly shaved truffles (loved them). And, the tower didn't tip over as we left.


  1. memories last forever and this is one that will be with you for a long time...but...it does seem like a bit of a rip...especially when they don't give you a choice of what you are eating....but have to have it all...hope you took what was left in a doggy bag....but that probably would have been gauche.....

  2. What a great epicurean lesson...with a whopping price tag! I'm so country I'd probably ask for cream gravy for my foie gras!
    Love the name of the restaurant...goose liver, not so much!

  3. Oh my goooooodness...all those desserts! What an extraordinary course! "Liver lover" made me bust up laughing...heeheehee. Thank you for letting me take a trip to Paris through your blog!

  4. Yay! So happy to come back to a Paris post!
    Loved how your wrote about this. I was cracking up!
    I definitely feel like the beverages should be included- Wow!
    How romantic though. Sounds like you had a wonderful time!

  5. Wow, what beautiful food! I didn't even know you could actually eat in the tower. How fab!

  6. My stomach just growled! Enjoy your trip. Safe travels... ~crow


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