Saturday, January 14, 2023

Weekend Cooking: Dinner at Jules Verne

Last week I talked about our last minute decision to attend a New Year's Eve dinner at Mont St Michel. This week I am going to talk about another memorable meal, this time at Jules Verne restaurant at the Eiffel Tower. This dinner was very much a planned events. I booked this dinner as soon as the dates became available. We knew that we wanted to go to dinner on 8 January as that is the sixth anniversary of my first date with my husband. So we were in Paris, it was our anniversary! It definitely counts as a special occasion in my mind.

By coincidence we had bought tickets for the Batobus earlier in the day so we decided to use that as our means of transport to the Tower which gave us the opportunity to sail along the river with all the buildings lit up. It was a perfect way to arrive - slow and restful. 

After a short wait we were whisked up to the second landing of the Tower, where we were seated right at the window (apparently where you sit is allocated according to when you booked. We were then given the option of a five course degustation or a seven course degustation. We chose the seven course as we are unlikely to repeat this event again.

Really though, there were the seven courses plus an amuse bouche and a palate cleanser at the end so it was nine different plates of various sizes.

First, here is the amuse bouche - a tiny tart with super thin and crispy pastry. I didn't quite catch what it was but I do know it had some parmesan in there somewhere. In addition, we were also given delicious warrm bread, along with salted butter. I could have eaten the bread and butter all night.

The menu

Next four starters - that's right....four. Although I forgot to take a photo of one of them. Actually, I think that the top one was a bonus as well as it isn't on the menu, but it was a delightful way to set the tone forr the rest of the meal. 

If I had to pick a favourite for the starters it is the langoustine - the thin beetroot jelly was a work of art!

And then two mains - the cod dish didn't quite look like this when it arrived, but I only just remembered to take a photo after I had started to cut it up. Again, if I HAD to pick just one it would be the chicken. The gravy was to die for¬

Then two desserts - Both of these were so good, but the texture on the chocolate souffle was just absolutely spectacular.

And then the final exquisite bites

There were so many highlights of this meal. Having said that, I can't see it being something that we do again becauuse it was very pricey, but as a once off it was definitely enjoyable,

In addition to being waited on by several waiters at a time, one of theother ways we were treated as VIPs was when it came time to getting a taxi to go back to the hotel. The restaurant called the cab, the doorman walked us to the next doorman who then waited with us until the cab arrived! Very VIP.

I do have another couple of memorable meals to post about as well as a walking tour, but I will likely save them for later in the year. Never say never though. Depends what I come up with for next week's post!

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  1. WOWWOWOWOWOW What an experience! And what a great trip overall so far!

  2. I have to agree with Beth F. Wow, wow, wow!

  3. Loved every word of this post- so interesting and what an experience!! Happy Anniversary too...Can't imagine what a 7 course meal in the Eiffel Tower costs! Wow is right!

  4. Wow, indeed! What a wonderful experience, even down to the VIP treatment in getting to the cab. I had no idea there was a restaurant in the Eiffel Tower. I doubt I'll ever get to Paris, but if I do, this would be a nice once-in-a-lifetime experience.

  5. What a lovely and memorable dining experience. I agree you needed to splurge and do it all up. Happy anniversary!! Safe trip home, marg.

  6. I am definitely booking this the next time we go to Paris!

  7. This sounds just wonderful! I agree about the idea of lashing out on one splendid dinner that you will remember all your life. For us, it was at Les Hauts de Loire. It was mortgage-worthy but as I always say when I'm telling people about it, long after I can remember what it cost, when I'm an old lady eating pap in a nursing home, I will remember that dinner!

    1. Oops forgot to sign in as Lisa Hill!

  8. So far, your trip sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing it with us all. Travel is the only thing we spend money on that makes us richer.

  9. What an spectacular way to celebrate, it all looks amazing.

  10. How wonderful! I just finished reading Around the World in Eighty Days moments ago...