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Moulin Rouge: Should I have their filet dinner or just go for the breasts?

Moulin Rouge: Should I have their filet dinner or just go for the breasts?

Jun 1st, 2009, 11:52 AM
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First I would say, "Chacun à son goût."

I did have dinner at the Moulin Rouge. I was not expecting a fantastic gourmet meal so I wasn't disappointed. However, the food was better than I expected, and I have certainly had worse. Besides, the champage compensated.

The show was quite entertaining, and there was that certain je ne sais quoi of seeing the occasional stray bugle bead dive into my glass from the costumes of the nearby performers.

I don't suppose anyone who visits the Moulin Rouge expects high art or haute cuisine, but, like the Hofbrauhaus in Munich or the Danube dinner cruise it's a quintessential experience of the place.

If you can afford the dinner, eat there. At least you can kill two birds with one stone.
Delaine is offline  
Jun 1st, 2009, 01:42 PM
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Haven't been to MR but have been to Folies Bergère. It is spectacular, but don't eat there. Mediocre. For more than breasts go to Le Crazy Horse. Wow!
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Jul 17th, 2009, 08:49 AM
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Short Moulin Rouge Trip Report:

Dinner: Major disappointment. They serve a €18 meal for €48.

Terrine of Roast Rabbit with Apricots: Tasty, but very chewy and cold.

Poached Chicken Cruchade, Champagne Cream,
Pilaf Rice with Vegetables : This is a stewed chicken leg on a light gravy with some rice mixed with vegetables. The rice was very good, the vegetables bits were barely visible and I almost choked on a chicken bone. I didn't taste any champagne in the gravy although the taste was quite good. Not huge portions. Men will walk away from this meal hungry.

Pasty Éclair: two smallish, very cold eclairs. One had a vanilla filling and the other a chocolate.

The show: Excellent. It's a 1 hour and 50 minute show with beautiful young women and men dancing in colourful, opulent costumes. Some women are bare-breasted, some are not. The breasts are tiny and taut without being overly erotic.

There's also an entertaining ventriloquist and two acrobats.

The highlight for me was the transparent swimming pool, the topless female swimmer and two boas (live snakes). Gotta see it to believe it.

There are two showings. For dinner, you should be there at 6.45 and dinner is served at 7.00. The show starts at 9.00 and you'll need to leave the building at 10.50 to make room for the next showing at 11.00.

The waiters were very nice and we had a table for four, but the other couple only came for the showing. Our table was along the wall but we saw the stage sufficiently.

You also get a "free" half bottle of champagne per person. You can have wine, mineral water or shots of hard liquor instead of the champagne (we had some white wine.) We also got tap water for free.

Hope this helps others who are contemplating on going to the dinner and show.

To sum up, skip the chicken breasts but go for the real thing.
kleeblatt is offline  
Jul 17th, 2009, 09:23 AM
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Why torture yourself with a mediocre meal when you can find something better nearby? Last I checked, therre is a later show...early dinner, go to show (if you must). Pay less eat better,..nice combo, non?

Brush up on your japanese...
Michel_Paris is offline  
Jul 17th, 2009, 10:11 AM
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Hi S,

>Now she says that her friends have told her dinner is fantastic.......<

Tell her that your friends have told you that the food is mediocre, at best, and that you will take her somewhere nice for dinner before the 23:00 show.

ira is offline  
Jul 17th, 2009, 01:35 PM
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Been there, average meal. Price was very high for the meal. Seats were closer to the stage than the seats with no meal in back. I doubt many 4 star chefs could send out their finest to 350 people at the same time 7 times a week though.
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Jul 21st, 2009, 08:14 PM
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Pasty eclairs? Did I read that right?
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