This is probably the most famous gastronomic restaurant Potatomato will ever cover (hopefully there’ll be more in the future ^_^). Taillevent is considered one of top restaurants in the world. It has held Michellin 3 stars for 34 years, though recently it got demoted to 2 stars. That does not stop me from going there, esp. since they offer one of the most affordable lunch set menu among all the 3 stars biggies. 70 euro per person, yes it’s still expensive, but compare to all the other gastronomic restaurants in Paris it’s already consider affordable. I made reservation through the internet couple weeks prior. They have formal dressing code. I just wore a simple black one piece dress with boot…guess that’s ok for lunch, though probably not formal enough for dinner.
Meat course: Duck of Challans, turnip with cremona mustard. I don’t think I ever had such perfectly cooked medium rare duck before. So precise. The meat is so soft and flavorful, love the sauce. Again, big portion, I’m full by the end of the meal already.
cheese plate: Chevre frais, tapenade et mesclun
Goat frais (creamy yogurt texture fresh cheese), tapenade (a Provençal dish consisting of pureed or finely chopped olives, capers, and olive oil) and mesclun (a salad mix of assorted small, young salad leaves). Even though I’m full already but this cheese plate is soooo good that I just have to keep eating. The frais cheese is so soft and creamy, the tapenade flavor totally mixed in with the cheese. Again the portion is very generous.
dessert: Imagination of Exotic fruit, mango acidulee. Very refreshing, rich mango flavor. Assorted sweets The plate of sweet are a pleasant surprise (didn’t say on the menu). Beside the macaron which is just ok (too mushy), the rests are incredible, particularly the top right one.
The service is top notch. At first I felt a little intimidated due to the fancy interior, but the servers were very friendly and easy going so they made me felt at ease right away. The house red wine was excellent as well. I was burstingly full by the end of it and did not have dinner that day. This should cast away the common misconception of gourmet French food being tiny portion (little piece of food in a big plate), it’s the exact opposite! In the end I felt the 70 euro is worth the price. Like the sign at the entrance door says, Taillevent offer excellent traditional French classics cooking. Hopefully I have chance to go to another 3 stars restaurants again in near future.
15, rue Lamennanis, 75008 Paris.
Metro: George V