The next morning, we went to the Lourve. As expected, I was underwhelmed my Mona Lisa but reveled the Greek and Roman wing along with Napolean's Apartment. After a few hours of walking around, it was time to go back to the hotel to change for our special lunch at Le Cinq. While planning this trip, I wanted one opulent meal. Well opulent in Paris can mean a lot of money. And I mean a lot. I'm no stranger to saving up to having an expensive meal in NYC but Paris was at another level. A level that didn't seem worth it. At least not at this point in my life. So instead of the usual dinner, I had an opulent lunch.
Le Cinq is a place where men wear jackets and women cocktail dresses, even at lunch. Menus with prices are offered to the men while women just pick among the list of dishes. Stools for the purses and several servers per table. Service is the grand luxury here. After we looked over the menu and decided on the 3 course prix fixe for €95 or €110 with the cheese course (also offered: a la carte, a tasting menu, and a speedy business lunch). Shortly after we chose our dishes, the amuse bouche arrived in front of us. From right to left, we enjoyed fried olives, a parmagiano crisp, and smoked salmon with cucumber. All very nice and delicate but strong flavors. I enjoyed the salmon the most.
The next set of amouse bouche with a goat cheese ravioli, radish with butter, and spring pea veloute. The soup was amazing. So velvety smooth and creamy.
And now my first course which was the sardines with Saint Gilles Croix de Vie. The sardines were served three waves. First roasted over a tomato tart, second as a spicy tartare, and third in a mustard sorbet. The amount of food was daunting. The tart itself was very large and filling. Although delicious, I think they offered too much food considering sardines are a richer fish.
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