Fodor's Expert Review Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athénée
Set within the Plaza Athénée hotel, Alain Ducasse's three-star Paris flagship totally redefines French haute cuisine. Arguably the world's most visible chef, Ducasse surprises here, devoting himself entirely to vegetables, grains, and fish and mixing the most luxe with the humblest ingredients to sublime effect. From the moment you enter the glittering dining room, alight with thousands of crystals reflected in sinuous mirrored banquettes, you know you've entered a parallel universe entirely devoted to sybaritic pleasures. Chef Romain Meder executes Ducasse's recipes: caviar over tender langoustine in a lemongrass-infused broth; a stack of lacy buckwheat blini accompanied by lentils and caviar in a smoked gelée topped with ethereal truffle cream. Desserts like lemon ice with candied lemon and silky kombu seaweed take the notion of dining for pleasure and health to vertiginous new heights (and prices).
25 av. Montaigne
Paris, Île-de-France 75008, France
- Gorgeous, uberopulent dining room
- Haute-vegetarian dining
- Consistent winner of three Michelin stars