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La Tour d'Argent: Destination Dining
The Tour is the oldest restaurant in Paris and occupies an enviable position opposite Notre Dame. At night the view from the window tables is romantic and unmatched, apart from perhaps the view from Jules Verne. My husband proposed over pre dinner drinks.
Do not go expecting culinary fireworks and an inventive menu. There are many other restaurants in Paris offering far superior food, but one does not go to the Tour for exciting food. The restaurant is absolute old-school, with many of the specialities served at the table as opposed to being plated in the kitchen. It is, sadly, unusual nowadays for waiting staff to be skilled in table service, and it was a pleasure to experience this in such a luxurious setting.
Come hungry. My husband and I are very greedy, but even we had difficulty sinking 3 courses as the food is extremely rich. The speciality of hte house is their duck, served in two ways - the breast served in front of you with a blood enriched sauce, followed by it's legs confit style.
It seems almost churlish to come to this restaurant and have anything else.
Warning - the foie gras starter is exceedingly large !
The museum and photos all around the ground floor are very interesting, and you will see some very famous names on the book of visitors - it's always good to know you have chosen the same restaurant as Elizabeth R !
La Tour d'Argent: An Experience like No Other
From the moment you walk in from the the sidewalk on the Seine River, you are greeted and brought to your table upstairs. It is a luxurious, romantic and upscale restaurant, which has no match in the world. Seated at a table near a grand window overlooking the Notre Dame and the Seine River, the sommolier brought a book of wine (probably 8 inches thick) and provided his suggestions based on my taste and budget. He did a wonderful job, and none of the staff made our dining experiance uncomfortable (as I am American). Just brush up on French table manners prior to your dinner, since they are a bit different from that of British or American standards.
Favorite Dish: We had the lobster bisque, and the plum duck, which was unparalleled by anything I have ever been served at a restaurant. The wine was fabulous, as was the service. They track each and every duck served, and give you a certificate for which you had for dinner... Simply amazing, since they've been in business since the 1600's.
La Tour d'Argent restaurant in Paris: World Class restaurant in Paris
La Tour D'Argent is the most famous restaurant in France, possibly the most famous in the world. The restaurant has just reopened after three months out of action while new kitchens were installed. The restaurant is located on the top floor of an old building with sensational views of cathedral Notre Dame of Paris. Each tables with their own candelabra, are very well spaced and sumptuously dressed.
Favorite Dish: The wine list is considered one of the best on the world. The Duck, called “the canard au sang”, is the specialty of La Tour D’Argent. La Tour has its farm on which it raises its own ducks. When you orders duck, you receives a card with the serial number of the duck
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