Le Relais Louis XIII Paris Reviews
Dinning like a king at Louis XIII Mar 23, 2016
France is famous for its great food hence a visit to Paris really isn’t complete without a visit to at least one great restaurant. The choice for the great restaurant felt on Relais Louis XIII which was fairly close to our hotel and had some good reviews as one of the cheaper restaurants with Michelin stars. Hence just after booking the hotel I found this place as a good option in the neighborhood and quickly booked to make sure we would be able to get a table. It turned out I didn’t really need to book far in advance since the restaurant was pretty much empty on a Wednesday night - which apparently had been the case ever since the terror attack struck central Paris in November.
We are quickly greeted by the staff - which isn’t overworked given the limited number of guest. The room is quite nice in an older building with exposed wooden beams inside the room. There is good space between the tables so you are seated with a great deal of privacy. It seemed like most of the guest (if not all) were foreigners many of whom had limited French ability. Despite the large number of foreign guest the menu was only printed in French. Given my French is fairly limited the name of the dishes on the menu is a bit over my language ability. Fortunately the waiters speak good English and they are happy to translate the menu so the costumers know what they can get to eat - though I can’t help wonder why they don’t make English menu given the large number of foreign clients.
You can choose between three different menus a 3 course inspiration menu where you choose three courses from the restaurants best dishes through its time of operation or you can go for the 7 course tasting menu which serves smaller portions including a couple of the dishes from the inspiration menu. Or you can go with the full 10 course signature menu. Since we are only staying in Paris for one night and probably won’t be back to this restaurant again in the foreseeable future the choice seems easy - just go for the full menu. The restaurant has a pretty extensive wine list and in addition to this they offer wines by the glass which is probably a better option so you can match the wines with the different dishes.
Before the first course we get a bit of cheese bread which is actually nice with a glass of champagne. The service during dinner is going at a pretty good pace. There is just enough of a break between the different dishes so you can relax and chat a bit before the next dish is coming - and not so much of a break you go hungry for waiting.
After the last starter they served a small sorbet which was the only dish I found a bit strange to include in the menu since it wasn’t really a dish and just a little refreshment before the main dish so it should just have been an extra dish outside the menu.
A bit interesting is after the main dish when the waiter asked if we wanted cheese. This gave course to a bit of confusion since we thought the cheese was a part of the menu. Indeed cheese was a part of the menu but the waiter had been instructed to always make sure the guest actually wanted to have cheese. Finally after the cheese came along two desserts which made sure we were very full when leaving the restaurant to walk the short distance back to our hotel.
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