“Visit with a open mind”
This is the second time we return to Restaurant A.T (since September 2015) ; which stands for Chef Atsushi Tanaka, and it had always been on our endless list of bucket list restaurants.
We had the top set menu with the wine pairing. The wine selection was unique, the sommelier well informed and the staff very attentive.
The setting in this place is simple giving all the focus and glamour on the food.The degustation menu we chose consisted of 11 courses carefully selected portions to get you through each course, with more built up excitement and anticipation for the next one. Ingredients were great! beautiful textures and aromas. and the plates literally a work of Art
Holding on to this thought, I chose to post tonight, not a main course but rather an outstanding amuse bouche.
The Salsify. For those who don’t know it; Is a root vegetable known as the oyster plant, because of it oysterly taste when cooked. Garnished with flower of the mustard plant , we were advised to eat those hairy beauties with our hands. Loved them!
There were a few ingredients in the main dishes that were new to me. (the bonita fish and whelk) which i enjoyed discovering.the plates were all beautifully garnished. Who wouldn’t love a plentiful of the season’s white truffles.
I personally thought the dishes lacked the Japanese influence I was expecting and my pigeon meal was a little too raw for my taste.
Maybe i was expecting more this time..or since I am a returning customer , the element of surprise has worn off..I have a no idea.
In general, we like to believe that our reviews are honest, and from personal experience..our posts 95% of the time are in real time or the very next day unless otherwise mentioned.
Honest reviews are hat we aim for and our future posts with highlight both the positives and negatives.
No sugar coating it. (as our name implies)
Well Recommended. but visit with an open mind.
Hotel Plaza Athenee
“A bucket list stay.”
After a 2 year wait for the renovation to finish we finally booked our stay at the plaza Athenee.
This hotel not only lies in the heart of the fashion district, but it has an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower and provides every aspect of luxury. Everything from check in to concierge services is top-notch! We booked a royal suite this time and it was seriously one of the best rooms we stayed at. How could you not fall in love with Parisian/Art Deco furniture style and mosaic tile tubs?!
The room service menu is out of this world! theyhave multiple types of cuisine menus, just Incase you are missing a taste of home.
It is also home to the five star Dior spa and Alain Du Casse Michelin star restaurant.
Enjoy the best afternoon with the best selection of Teas and scones on their ground floor.
This hotel is pure royalty
Expect to see a celebrity walk in any minute.
A bucket list stay
Visited in 2015
Alain Du Casse au Plaza Athenee
“Amazing Chef, Amazing service.”
We had a great time, the service was also great, considering you are in France, you’d expect some bad service from time to time, but you find none of that here.
Highly recommended for food lovers.
Visited November 2010
“Fantastic, Innovative Food”
I have to admit, I was bit hesitant about L’arpege because of their vegetable dominant menu. However, this meal was one of the most innovative meals I’ve had in along time. I am not talking about high tech innovative (think molecular gastronomy) but on the contrary, the innovation is in the idea of dishes that mostly concentrated on vegetables. Don’t get me wrong, you will get your chicken, veal, lobster etc… but the focus is mostly on vegetables. It was absolutely delicious. The service was great, friendly and not pretentious at all. On top of that, you get Mr. Passard visiting each and every table, saying hello and discussing whatever ideas you have to dish out at him.
A must try. Very highly recommended. Visited May 2013
“Delicious Authentic Japanese”
As soon as I found out that this restaurant has opened in Paris, I had to try to book. I called up a week in advance and I got my reservations for 2. It seems not a lot of people know about it.
As we walked in the front door, we felt like we were transported to Japan. It was all wood inside (apparently all the wood had been imported from Japan). It had a real authentic feel to it. We were sat at a bar that takes 6 people. The restaurant is rather small but still feels cosy and was brightly lit.
It was a pleasure to watch the chef work his magic on dish after dish of amazing Japanese delicacies. There but a set menu, with wine/sake pairing or without. We went without the pairing and opted to choose a few glasses of wine.
The service was perfect. The chef was, again, a joy to watch as he seemed very happy to have us at the restaurant.
This is a must try for lovers of Japanese food. (This is not a sushi restaurant)
Very highly recommended.
Visited February 2014
“Nice, Trendy Restaurant”
The set up was trendy, its not our first time there but the food is still good, not the best but definitely enjoyable. The service was a tad above average. We went there on a business dinner, our clients were happy, thats all that mattered.
Visited May 2013
Eric Frichon @ Le Bristol
“Our favorite Place to start off our Paris Gastronomic Journey”
This is by far the best place to enjoy the world famous Jamon Iberico, Pata negra! The service is great, the selection is amazing. You can have all the delicacies you wish for. Jamon, Caviar, Fois Gras, Salmon etc…Their wine list is quite adequate. We love this place. Highly recommended.
Last visited :EVERTIME we are in Paris
“Different and Enjoyable”
The restaurant is quite small consisting of a long table stretching from the open kitchen to the door. It’s a different set up but a welcomed one. The food is the same as the setting, different presentations, different flavors than your usual Parisian restaurants. You can only order the set menu which is what we wanted to do anyway. This is an enjoyable restaurant with a changing menu. The owner is very involved, serving and explaining the dishes.
We really enjoyed the meal ad experience.
Visited March 2014