You have to have courage to take on an icon like the Eiffel Tower, but superchef and entrepreneur Alain Ducasse has done just that in taking over the Jules Verne, perched in its spectacular eyrie above the city. He has transformed the cuisine and brought in his favourite designer, Patrick Jouin.
In a private elevator that whizzes you up to the second floor, you're eating just above hundreds of selfie-stick touters below but if you're lucky you might not see them. The view, as you would expect, is incomparable. Each corner of the restaurant offers an incredible view, with dozens of sightseeing ops at every glance.
The quality of the service more than befits the price tag, with the male only (a bit too 'traditional' perhaps) team charming and joking with guests in French and English. Pretty much all wishes are preempted but if you have special requests, they'll be more than accommodating.
Meanwhile, Ducasse protégé Pascal Féraud updates French classics, combining all the grand ingredients you'd expect with light, modern textures and sauces. Try dishes like foie gras with peppered melon, guineau fowl with peaches, turbot with a champagne sauce, mirabelle plums and almond milk sorbet, and a hardcore chocolate dessert from Ducasse's world-class chocolaterie.
Reserve well ahead, 2-3 months is the average. Come for lunch if you want to make the most of the sightseeing and dinner for the magic of Paris at night.
|Venue name:||Le Jules Verne|
Pilier Sud de la Tour Eiffel, avenue Gustave Eiffel, 2e étage
|Opening hours:||12.15-1.30pm, 7-9.30pm daily|
|Transport:||Metro: Bir Hakeim or Tour Eiffel/RER|
|Price:||Main courses €75. Set lunch menu €88 (Mon-Fri), €165 (Sat, Sun), €210 (Sat, Sun). Dinner €210, €310|