Rendezvous before the elevator of the South Pillar, at the feet of the Eiffel Tower, for a moment of magic. On the second floor, you will find the Restaurant Jules Verne, where the Iron Queen is offering a very Parisian diner.
Be quiet and enjoy the moment. Look up to the wondrous view from the elevator. The show is opening! It feels like you are drifting on board a space ship made up by Jules Verne. At night, if you happen to come before 8 or 9 P.M, you will get caught by the sparkling lights of “Madame” Eiffel.
The lightings in the restaurant are bright at noon and softened at night. The kitchen is surrounded by a glass-wall. The slanted shapes remind you of the Tower’s gracious architecture. The dishes are a real work of art, inspired by the Eiffel Tower and it gives a mysterious look to the table. The room-divider is diffusing a changing light and the chandeliers are recreating the lightings of the streets in Paris. You will be charmed by the gourmet cuisine and the retro and contemporary setting, perfectly highlightened by the music. Chef Alain Ducasse is bringing the French culinary “patrimoine” upon the table; the renowned Chef has been organising the wedding diner of Prince Albert of Monaco last summer.
Fine products and great recipes are on the menu (“volaille à l’écrevisse”, “bar à la Dugléré”) but the cooking is perfect and modern. The cuisine of Chef Ducasse is fresh and light, with savouries sauce and bouillons. The food is tasty and the presentation of the plate is uncluttered. The traditional desserts are revisited, like the “savarin” served in a “fiole d’Armagnac”, and the “poire au vin” served with chestnut cream and adorned with gold leaves hinting at the Eiffel Tower.
You’ll certainly be offered a “madeleine” before leaving the restaurant. The delicate flavour of this dessert is another symbol of the French culture, an invitation to remember this precious moment like in the novels of Marcel Proust.
Reservations on-line only at: www.lejulesverne-paris.com
Good to know :
• The Eiffel Tower has been built by Gustave Eiffel in only two years, for the 1889 World Fair, celebrating the first centenary of the French Revolution.
• Jules Verne is currently the most translated French author in the world.
Nathalia Bienvenu-Kapferer, September 2011
Translation : Laura Axel
Photo Credits : Eric Laignel