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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fall in Love in Paris in Just One Night

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Fall in Love in Paris in Just One Night

By Mimi Rippy

1. 58 Tour Eiffel
This Eiffel Tower restaurant has been given a new lease of life thanks to collaboration between chef Alain Ducasse and designer Patrick Jouin and undergoing a revitalisation equivalent to a facelift. Formerly Altitude 95 this Eiffel Tower restaurant still retains its charm and serves\offers the best French cuisine in one of the most incredible settings in the world. The 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant is perfect for either an Eiffel Tower lunch or dinner, changing its menu has Paris changes its apparel with the setting of the sun. The views, the menu and the accessibility of this Eiffel Tower restaurant above the streets gives it the number one spot for a romantic meal in Paris.

2. Le Pré Catelan
If the bustle of Paris is proving too much then take your date to the sanctuary of Le Pré Catelan in the Bois de Bologne. This venue would still attract food experts and couples in search of romance even if diners had to forage for their own food on the forest floor. Thankfully, world class chefs are on hand to source the best food from all over France and diners are treated to sumptuous culinary delights in this calm, classy and chic restaurant. The Bois de Bologne has historically been a haven for artistic and aristocratic citizens who are in need of fresh air. Head chef Frédéric Anton brings his own style and imagination to the menu and is complimented by the 'Best Sommelier in the World' in charge of the wine list. For the more adventurous or those trying to impress a food junkie, there is even a "table du chef" situated in the kitchen for a behind the scenes glimpse.
3. Jules Verne Restaurant Paris
Thought of as one of the best restaurants in the world the Jules Verne restaurant Paris has the advantage of being the highest in metres and most highly regarded of the venues on the list, but misses out on the top spot due to the pricey menu and high demand. The menu at the Jules Verne restaurant has also been crafted by Alain Ducasse, who seems to have a monopoly on the experience of an Eiffel Tower dinner. You will not fail to be seduced by the charm of one of the highest restaurants in Paris, and hopefully your date will agree. A vast range of food and stunning views of Paris are presented to diners at the Jules Verne restaurant Paris, and both are devoured with great delight on an evening of romance at the Eiffel Tower.
4. Les Ombres at Musee de Quai Branly
Famous for housing the greatest display of overseas art in Paris the Musée de Quai Branly hides a badly kept secret of a restaurant above the collections. Benefiting from a glass ceiling, an outdoor terrace (in summer) and of course unmissable French food nowhere else offers such spectacular views and atmosphere so close to the ground than at Les Ombres. Guy de Maupassant frequented the Eiffel Tower restaurant so he wouldn't be subjected to a view of what he thought was an architectural aberration, but now it has been accepted by Parisians a spectacular view of the structure is a valuable commodity. Les Ombres restaurant provides such a view, and attracts admirers and couples in search of the perfect romantic photo. Dining underneath the Eiffel Tower is celebrated in this restaurant and the décor has been engineered to capture the reflections of the great tower. The silhouette of the Eiffel Tower is visible all over Paris at night, but is only captured in the rooftop Les Ombres restaurant. Meaning 'The Shadows' it makes reference to where the shadow of the Eiffel Tower falls, and is unfortunately eclipsed by 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant.
5. Le Cour Jardin
Yet another Alain Ducasse restaurant makes the list, this one seemingly at odds to the Eiffel Tower restaurants. Concealed in a miniature enclosure and known only to those who look, this restaurant is apart from the rest of the city by the instantly recognisable walls of Parisian architecture. A clandestine venue perfect for an intimate date, and more subdued than an Eiffel Tower dinner, Le Cour Jardin comes into its own on summer evenings. The moment the the temperature rises the restaurant takes on more than its fair share of Parisian romance.
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