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Le Jules Verne, Paris
Le Jules Verne, Paris
11 December 2012

Overlooking Paris: Lunch at Le Jules Verne at the Eiffel Tower, Paris

With monuments like this, it is little wonder that Paris is the most visited city in the world. When I reflect on the joys of ma vie Parisienne, dining at Le Jules Verne is definitely up there. Off Jessica and I went to dine with the view of Paris and celebrate. A celebration of following one’s heart, of friendship and of being able lucky enough to dine one of the most spectacular restaurants. Good Parisian times!

I’m not going to pretend: whenever I go to a restaurant, my first thought is dessert. However, whenever I go to a French restaurant, my taste buds never know what to crave first: freshly baked bread, salted butter, fois gras, rich sauces, shellfish, slow cooked beef, éclairs and the list goes on and on… That’s the thing with the French, they sure know how to cook!

Entering into the only tower with a crazy queue, the security is tight: airport-style with body scanner and everything. A sad state of reality but rather comforting knowing that you’re safe. The elevator is quite small and with the windows, it goes without saying but if you suffer from vertigo, this is not the place for you. Or, like me, you just focus on your conversation and pray for the lift to stop. With our coats taken, we were shown to our window side table. The restaurant doesn’t guarantee table placement requests so we made our reservation for the moment they opened. I wasn’t about to dine at the Eiffel Tower without an unobstructed view. I could see so many of the city’s landmarks: Le Grand Palais, Sacré-Cœur Basilica and le musée du quai Branly. Poor Jessica; I couldn’t stop staring out at the city I navigated for seemingly ever.

We started with good ole bread and butter and champagne which, in France, is a gourmet meal in itself. For the following two and a bit hours the food didn’t stop coming. We feasted on guinea fowl, fish, fois gras, but the desserts stole the show: caramel tart and île flottante. To this day, I still remember the texture of the caramel oozing out as my spoon eagerly dived in. Raspberry marshmallows and truffles accompanied our bill though a shot of some hard alcohol would have been appreciated at that point.

Someone once told me that Le Jules Verne is for tourists. Maybe the diehard Parisians will agree with that sentiment but this woman is having none of it. La tour Eiffel is a magical monument: every time I see it, my heart flutters. It has a hold over me. I loved every second of our lunch. I have wanted to go there for years. As you can imagine, this all comes at a hefty price but if, like me, you believe that fulfilling a lifelong dream is worth paying for, make a reservation! From 88€ (excluding drinks) for a lunch Monday-Friday to a get-your-savings-out 60€ for a starter from the à la carte menu. I’m never going to be the woman with 12 million dresses because I choose to spend my money on experiences and memories I can treasure, and that works for me. The meal may be over but my memories from Le Jules Verne with my dear friend are ones I will treasure until the end of my days. Money well spent.

Le Jules Verne
Eiffel Tower
5 Avenue Gustave Eiffel
75007 Paris
France
+33 1 45 55 61 44

20 Comments leave one →
  1. 11 December 2012 07:53

    Wow, all thoses sweets make me crazy!!! They look so yummy yummy …!

  2. 11 December 2012 09:08

    This looks crazy delicious! I wish I could go there one day!

    Edita
    http://www.pret-a-reporter.co.uk

  3. 11 December 2012 11:17

    All of that looks amazing, so yummy!! Hope you have a gorgeous day doll…and I’m glad the post made you feel better xo

  4. 11 December 2012 11:25

    Oh I miss Paris! La Tour Eiffel really represents a bit of magic. Remember looking at it every evening from my little room on Avenue de Wagram. Happy days.

  5. 11 December 2012 11:26

    Definitely money well-spent if only for the macarons dessert. I never tire of the views from the Eiffel Tower and I’ve lost count of the number of times I have gone up to the top!
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

  6. Noelani permalink
    11 December 2012 13:13

    Milla! Tourist spot this is not, we went with two Parisians and they were just as enchanted as we were. The views, the lights, the food!!! So glad you got a chance to go and enjoyed it!

  7. 12 December 2012 02:46

    Oh my! My birthday dinner at Le Jules Verne was the best meal I’ve ever had in my life. Not an overstatement either-complete truth! I’m so glad you enjoyed your lunch!! I’m dying to go back!

  8. 12 December 2012 07:18

    Everything looks so fresh but decadent! Somehow your post has left me craving for ice-cream.

  9. 13 December 2012 11:13

    Oh Milla this is such a lovely post, my heart flutters as well just reading it!
    xo
    Sam

  10. 14 December 2012 17:40

    I love this! I get tired of people who refuse to try some of the greatest places because of their reputation for attracting tourists. Jules Verne is high on my list of places to wine and dine. Glad I found another fan!

  11. heavenlyhousewife permalink
    15 December 2012 15:26

    Wow, I am well and truly envious! What a fabulous and memorable eating experience! Everything looks so beautiful, and you can’t beat the view. I totally agree with you about spending money on experiences rather than things. Who needs a bunch of stuff sitting in the closet collecting dust (ok, maybe a few things ;)), when you can do things like this. Great tip about going for lunch.
    *kisses* HH
    p.s. No pictures of the bread basket??? I am a carb connoisseur, I love my bread baskets LOL! French bread is so worthy of a picture, it is truly the best in the world :D

    • Not Just Another Milla permalink*
      30 March 2013 20:46

      I know – I’m rather annoyed at myself about the lack of bread basket shot. Let’s be honest here; I was too busy eating!

      If you get a chance to go there, I’d love to know what you think.

      x

  12. 18 December 2012 21:16

    Milla, this seems like such an incredible experience. I remember reading Lani’s post on the same restaurant and dreaming of it, and your own critic makes me want to go even more. And I don’t care if people call it touristy; if it’s great, why not enjoy it?

  13. Lasca Sartoris permalink
    20 December 2012 19:09

    btw your earrings are gorgeous!
    That’s all…

    • Not Just Another Milla permalink*
      14 January 2013 14:52

      Merci ma belle. Unfortunately, I left them at Mr Belsize Park’s place :-(

  14. 27 December 2012 10:51

    Painfully beautiful. Great text and magical photos. Yum (but read it in a french accent ;-)))
    xx

    • Not Just Another Milla permalink*
      14 January 2013 13:10

      Thank you M! So sweet of you. x

  15. 14 January 2013 15:33

    Thank you for this wonderful post, Milla, that took me away to Paris first thing on a Monday morning … I hope to remember this post one day when I’m sitting in the restaurant myself! Thanks for dropping by and your thoughts on the blog … change is fun ;) Have a great week! xo ~S

    SANDY M Illustration
    http://oohlafroufrou.blogspot.com

  16. 3 February 2013 12:35

    The next time I return to Paris this place is on my must-do list. I’ve heard such good things about the place and this review is a glowing one! I think I should have all eyes on the view too. When I visited Paris for New Year I had my eyes looking upwards at the Eiffel Tower – it should be nice to look out and down, also!

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