The Afternoon tea adventures continue: This time at Le Meurice, one of Paris’ oldest and most renowned hotels. We enjoyed tea in the Restaurant Le Dali, a vast moody space with eclectic furnishing and a canvas-style ceiling.
I found the restaurant too big and as you can see from the images, very dark. In fact, there are no windows so the only natural light coming in is via the lobby, which is very pretty, and the Restaurant Le Meurice (which looks like something from a film – amazing!). The service was fine yet somewhat distant.
When the waiter explained that they were serving apple scones, I was a bit put out as I don’t believe messing with the classics but I was wrong. The texture of the scones was as it should be – soft yet crumbly, and the very delicate balance of apple with a pinch of cinnamon was sublime. I was pleasantly surprised. The only downside was that they committed a cardinal sin of serving a British woman cold scones. The cream with vanilla was the stuff dreams are made of – decadent and fluffy. So delicious. The little pastries – strawberry and pistachio, tarte au citron and raspberry were flawless. Say what you will about France, you cannot come to this amazing country and find fault with the cakes. Phenomenal.
One thing I really didn’t like was that a couple walked through the restaurant with their dog and sat down to eat. A dog people! I know this is very common in France, but a dog in a restaurant, is just wrong, unsanitary and inappropriate, particularly in a restaurant of such high standing. Fortunately, by this time we’d finished eating, because I doubt I would have been able to stay.
Have you been to Le Meurice? I’m keen to know what you thought.
228 Rue de Rivoli
+33 (0) 1 44 58 10 10