Food and drink
Since being taken over by Alain Ducasse, the food is once again a reason to come here. Ducasse protégé Pascal Féraud puts a contemporary touch on French luxury cuisine, with a brilliant play of textures, perhaps marinaded sea bream with caviar, scallops with different coloured cauliflowers, a truffled take on ham with chicory. Finish with the bolt-shaped chocolate dessert, created in hommage to the 2.5 million bolts that hold the tower together.
The comfortable, understated setting with leather chairs, clever lighting, and plate glass windows allows you to gawp at the view through plate-glass windows while offering glimpses of the Eiffel Tower's iron structure and machinery. Popular with both foodie globe-trotters and Parisians out for a celebration. Reserve well ahead, though it's easier to get a table at lunch time, paradoxically when the views are best.
There are 105 staff in the kitchens and dining room. Waiters have a typically Ducasse blend of enthusiasm and professionalism; all speak English and they don't bat an eyelid when people take snaps or get up to gawp out of the window.
Halfway up the Eiffel Tower – say no more.
Weekday lunch costs 85 euros, otherwise expect to blow about 200 euros.
- Culture vultures
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- Special occasions
- Design and architecture