It isn’t every day I get invited to a birthday luncheon at the famous Jules Verne restaurant in the Eiffel Tower. I delightedly accepted the invitation to celebrate a dear friend’s special occasion. Located 400 ft. up from ground level of this lattice steel work of art, a special elevator with attendant is required to reach the restaurant. Michelin Guide bestowed a star for the French cuisine inspired by Chef Alan Ducasse and this no doubt would be a fanciful luncheon.
We started with appetizers of chilled pureed beets, lentils and mustard crème presented in a fashionable glass. Wait staff, exquisite, yet friendly, served pan seared scallops with delicate watercress sauce veloute and lemon mousse.
Main courses were fennel coated salmon, potato stuffed with shallot compote topped with gold caviar and cone of potato mousse. As if I wasn’t filled to the brim overlooking the most spectacular views of Paris, another entrée came to the table; medallion of veal crusted with Romano cheese and cumin accompanied by tender carrots simmered in orange marmalade and honey.
Multiple desserts too numerous to list except for the tray of miniatures and hazelnut ice cream added a very fine finishing touch to a magnificent dining experience.
Such a memorable event and never to be duplicated.