Le Cinq: Three Michelin star dining in Paris

Le Cinq: Three Michelin star dining in Paris

If there is one place in the world where you’d want to indulge in fine dining – Paris is it! Boasting well over 70 Michelin starred restaurants it’s a culinary hotbed of some of the world’s best restaurants celebrating fine French cuisine.

Once I’d organised the babysitter, I wasted no time in contacting one of the most opulent three Michelin star restaurants in Paris – Le Cinq at the Four Seasons George V Hotel.

Yes that’s right, the one which only last year was scathingly and controversially attacked by food critic Jay Rayner. Clearly not one to be put off, I pursued my dream of dining in the lavish dining room.

On arrival the gorgeous floral displays in the lobby certainly set the tone for the rest of the evening. In fact I loved all the fresh flowers arrangements scattered throughout the hotel – lavish and exquisite in equal measures. Guided through the hotel by the ever friendly staff to Le Cinq, my demeanour super cool but inside completely awe-struck at the interiors.

Le Cinq: Three Michelin star dining in Paris

The sumptuous restaurant space radiates decadence at every turn. Thick carpets, mini palm trees, crystal chandeliers, lavish oil paintings and an abundance of gold.

Le Cinq: Three Michelin star dining in Paris

You’ll find meticulous attention to detail, even the tablecloths, silverware and china are custom-made. Despite the magnificence and grandeur, the staff create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Le Cinq: Three Michelin star dining in Paris

Before I even had time to consider my handbag, up popped a small ottoman out of nowhere. The fact that even my handbag received a chair of its own – I was giddy with delight! I mean, of course my Alexander Mcqueen should be treated like royalty too!

With the oversized menu in hand, I couldn’t wait to see what head chef Christian Le Squer had in store for us.

Le Cinq: Three Michelin star dining in Paris

Our culinary odyssey began with a trio of appetisers. They arrived in a hollowed out twig and all adhered to our specific dietary requirements. There were cute miniature carrots with liquid centres, a tasty breadstick and a silver bubble which burst and filled my mouth with a ginger campari and orange liquid.

Le Cinq: Three Michelin star dining in Paris

Swiftly followed an amuse bouche of what seemed like an ordinary spoonful amount of peas, until you tasted them. Served on lemon foam, no explanation can probably do it justice but they were the best peas I’d ever tasted.

Le Cinq: Three Michelin star dining in Paris

The starters continued in a similar flair. My plump green asparagus came with dark black truffle purée, grapefruit jelly, a thin layer of milk skin (odd, I know) and a Vin Jaune sabayon. The nuttiness of the asparagus complimented further by the earthiness of black truffle gave the whole dish a wonderfully rich finish. And you know what, as strange as it sounded and even looked the milk skin worked!

Le Cinq: Three Michelin star dining in Paris

The gratinated onion dish Mr S ordered was akin to a deconstructed Parisian style French onion soup. Niche, much? Sitting on a bed of confit onion compote seasoned with parmesan, lay lightly charred onion spheres. They exploded in your mouth oozing a creamy onion sauce. Dotted with black truffle and thyme-rosemary purée, it didn’t underline the rich sweet onion flavours so much as embroider them in gold thread. A clever dish indeed.

Le Cinq: Three Michelin star dining in Paris

I moved on to Christian Le Squer’s signature dish which usually comes with ham hock, but a special vegetarian version was served for moi – Spaghetti timbale with morels and black truffle. The spaghetti strand cuboid holds a creamy sauce filled with the juiciest mushrooms and truffle.

Le Cinq: Three Michelin star dining in Paris

Mr S isn’t normally an eel fan, but having read about the signature dish was intrigued enough to give it a go. He was glad he did – the lightly smoked eel was a revelation. The almost jelly like pieces lay on black bread with a grape juice reduction.

After the main courses came the cheese. Oh the cheese! We’d both spied the huge cheese trolley trundling its way around the tables. There was no way we could refuse a plate in a country which takes its fromage very seriously.

Le Cinq: Three Michelin star dining in Paris

Le Cinq: Three Michelin star dining in Paris

And of course in true haute cuisine style there was a pre-dessert of wild strawberries and sorbet. Palate cleansed we awaited our dessert.

Le Cinq: Three Michelin star dining in Paris

Instead arrived more mini delights in the form of panna cotta, chocolate and raspberry truffles. At which point we realised the strawberries and sorbet was in fact a pre-pre dessert. Side glances at each other and then at our bellies  we wondered how on earth we would actually fit in the actual dessert!

Le Cinq: Three Michelin star dining in Paris

Thankfully we were sharing the marinated wild strawberries, cheesecake meringue topped with tiny parsley leaves.

Le Cinq: Three Michelin star dining in Paris

This gluttonous duo clearly had no problem in devouring the sweet treat. It was summer in a pud. A lovely crunchy meringue texture combined with the soft sweet cheesecake mixture and the sweetness of the strawberries – The perfect ending. Or was it?

Le Cinq: Three Michelin star dining in Paris

Err no! Along came the most fantastic looking petit fours trolley containing a delightful selection of sweets and chocolates. Willy Wonka eat your heart out!

Le Cinq: Three Michelin star dining in Paris

I couldn’t resist the pillowy and delicately flavoured absinthe marshmallow. Alice in wonderlandy with an Oscar Wilde twist.

Le Cinq: Three Michelin star dining in Paris

Everything from start to finish was orchestrated in a convivial yet sleek way, to serve what seemed like at times a never-ending three course meal.

Of course eating divine food at a three Michelin star restaurant in one of Paris’s most opulent dining rooms comes with a hefty price tag. You need deep, deep pockets to dine here. I’d waited a long time to tick this off my bucket list. And as the saying goes all good things come to those who wait.

Which restaurant has completely blown you away? Let me know in the comments box below.

sima

Le Cinq | Four Seasons George V Hotel | 31 Avenue George V | 75008 Paris | France

www.restaurant-lecinq.com

 

Here are more posts from my Parisian adventures which you may like:

11 Unmissable Experiences in Paris

How to visit the Lourve with kids

 

PIN FOR LATER

Le Cinq: Three Michelin star dining in Paris

Share:

12 Comments

  1. 21st May 2018 / 8:18 am

    This place has seriously been on my bucket list forever!! I’ve been Alain Ducasse at Plaza Athenee which is also three star, not only did the food blow me away but the dining room is the most beautiful I’ve seen!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      22nd May 2018 / 1:30 pm

      I’d love to go there too. Next time, hey!

  2. 21st May 2018 / 2:27 pm

    This just looks absolutely divine. the interiors and food are just stunning! This place had been on my bucket list forever and reading your review has just made me think, I need to get Paris booked asap!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      22nd May 2018 / 1:32 pm

      Ohh do it! Get that ticket booked.

  3. 21st May 2018 / 3:14 pm

    If anyone knows how to pull out all the stops, it’s the French, and this looks insanely opulent! Would love to try it for myself one after reading this, and following a good friend’s glowing review. Un jour peut-être…

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      22nd May 2018 / 1:33 pm

      Oh my god Seetal! Another level! I’m sure you will try it. It was worth the wait for me.

  4. 21st May 2018 / 3:29 pm

    Oh SIMA lived this through your beautiful post!!!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      22nd May 2018 / 1:34 pm

      Thank you Binny. It was an incredible meal and experience.

  5. 22nd May 2018 / 12:31 pm

    How fabulous! what a fantastic thing to tick off your bucket list! We dined at 2 star Gidleigh park and the experience and setting was magnificent!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      22nd May 2018 / 1:35 pm

      Ohh I really want to go there. It’s lovely to push the boat out sometimes isn’t it?

  6. 24th May 2018 / 1:28 pm

    Those dishes do look incredible. So glad you like you weren’t put off by that review, and you blazed your own trail. Thanks Sima!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      24th May 2018 / 2:14 pm

      Sometimes you’ve got to take reviews by a pinch of salt. But then again I’m no real food critic, just enjoy eating a lot of food.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.