Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée

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Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée
Champs Élysées and western Paris

The sheer glamour factor would be enough to recommend this restaurant, Alain Ducasse's most lofty Paris undertaking. The dining room ceiling drips with 10,000 crystals. An amuse-bouche of a single langoustine in a lemon cream with a touch of Iranian caviar starts the meal off beautifully, but other dishes can be inconsistent: a part-raw/part-cooked salad of autumn fruit and veg in a red, Chinese-style sweet-and-sour dressing, or Breton lobster in an overwhelming sauce of apple, quince and spiced wine. Cheese is predictably delicious, as is the rum baba comme à Monte-Carlo.

Venue name: Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée
Contact:
Address: Hôtel Plaza Athénée
Hôtel Plaza Athénée, 25 av Montaigne
8th
Paris

Opening hours: 7.45-10.15pm Mon-Wed; 12.45-2.15pm, 7.45-10.15pm Thur, Fri. Closed end July to end Aug & 1wk Dec
Transport: Metro: Alma - Marceau
Price: Main courses €80-€135. Prix fixe €260-€360
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