Food and drink
Each meticulously prepared dish is like a work of art and each comes in its appropriate style of plate. It's hard to choose from numerous intriguing choices, and even the more classic sounding dishes have some unexpected element, such as foie gras with hibiscus. On my last visit, tiny crunchy sardine sandwich as an appetiser, "mezzaluna" (half moons) of thin, crisp wafers of celeriac folded like a ravioli, with dollop of real caviar on top, sitting in a light consomme broth, poached cod on Japanese rice, and a masterful dessert of tiny mango dim sum, like mango bonbons with creamy interior in a clear pink rhubarb juice.
The classic, comfortable dining room in the very swish [node:122360] is very soothing, with deep sofas and plush armchairs. There are tables in the Japanese-style courtyard garden in summer as well. Busy at lunch with French foodies and leisurely international business rendez-vous, it's also perfect for a romantic treat.
Attentive yet discreet, perhaps a little too - it's useful to have some advice in choosing from the menu.
Inside Hôtel Lancaster on a side street just off the Champs-Elysées.
Special occasion stuff: around 110 euros à la carte, or let the chef choose four courses 115 euros, seven courses 145 euros; Sunday "jour de fête" lunch 65 euros. Extravagant but worth it.
- Business travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Special occasions