If you're going to be in Paris in April and have some Euros to spare, go online and book a table next to the window at Le Jules Verne restaurant on the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Why April? Because it's recommended to make reservations at least three months in advance if you want a table with one of the best views of the city. As our family rarely knows what we're doing two weeks ahead of time, we dined at one of the interior tables and still enjoyed the spectacular view.
The entire process was memorable from start to finish. After deciding to take our children for the 85€ weekday lunch as opposed to the 200€ dinner, Stephane reserved online and clicked on the option to send an e-vite to Sara and Philippe. It didn't take long for our two starving students to gladly accept our invitation.
Walking past the long lines of people shivering in the cold while waiting to visit the Eiffel Tower, we made our way to the private entrance located at the South pillar and tracked the progress of the elevator by watching the red dot on the screen as it carried enthusiastic patrons 125 meters (410 feet) to the restaurant.
On our way to the dining room, we took a quick peek at the staff hard at work in the kitchen of this one-star Michelin restaurant, where Alain Ducasse and Chef Pascal Féraud have created a modern French menu.
|These ultra-slim knives and forks immediately caught Philippe's attention. They were removed prior to our first course.|
With an eye for design, Philippe appreciated the restaurant's contemporary decor with a honeycomb pattern on the ceiling, walls and plates, the carbon fiber and leather chairs designed by Patrick Jouen and the fabric covered walls with small interior windows strategically placed to emphasize the imposing gears and iron framework of the Eiffel Tower.
|The honeycomb design on the bottom of the Limoges plates.|
Dining on one of the most iconic structures in the world turned out to be a culinary delight. As always, click on any of the photos shown below if you would like to have a closer look at the 1) pumpkin soup amuse-bouche, 2) moulded farm-made egg, gold caviar and crayfish reduction, 3) Grand-Veneur style venison, winter vegetables, 4) Savarin with armagnac according to your choice, Chantilly. 5) Assortment of pastries. [English descriptions taken directly from the menu].
Without a doubt, our lunch at le Jules Verne will feature in familial conversations for years to come. Walking with our arms around each other and glancing over our shoulders for a parting view of the Eiffel Tower, we all agreed that it's an experience that everyone should have at least once in their lifetime. We're thankful that we shared it together.