L’Arpege Restautant (1986) by Chef Alain Passard was nominated number 12 on The Worlds 50 Best Restaurants and it has consistently achieved 3 Michelin stars for over 20 years! Currently, Alain is in the process of becoming a global superstar figure of the “farm to table” concept’.
Address: 84 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris, France
Having been welcomed into the tiny but bright dining room, I really liked the cute detail of having veggies on the table along with accompanying information. However I was surprised with the simplicity and silence of the upstairs dining room compared to the ” The Cellar Room” downstairs that was much different and lively.
The service was very uber-professional until they made the mistake and took the second bottle of wine we ordered from our table and gave it for the table behind us , saying ” it was the last one and they ordered it as well”. For a high end place this was not impressive to set the scene. Anyways, let’s talk about the food.
I’m far from being a vegetarian, however, even knowing the high price point to have a largely vegetable based meal was very intriguing.
They offer a la’carte and 2 tasting menus. The first, only vegetable based and the second was a 12 course called ” Terre et Mer en Août” that as the name says – includes meat dishes . No option of pairing wines with the tasting menu is available.
12 courses €390
The wines I picked for pairing
Champagne Blanc Prestige € 34 by the glass
Sancerre ” Chêne Marchand” 2015 Pinard €120 bottle
Verre Bourgogne Chardonnay 2014 A. Boisson € 24 a glass
Alain grows his own vegetables on the gardens located in the Eure and the Sarthe regions. He says it’s great to be able to tell a story from the grain to the plate.
Like old school, I loved when Alain came out to talk with the clients and definitely, his charisma energizes the room.
I really appreciate his effort to make veggies the star of a meal and engage each of the diner’s five senses.