Haute Cuisine Travel: Alain Ducasse at the Eiffel Tower
After four months of painstaking renovations, Alain Ducasse has reopened Le Jules Verne restaurant, more than 400 feet up inside the Eiffel Tower. The superchef had the outgoing fittings weighed to avoid adding any unnecessary burden to the 19th century landmark, and new glass was installed to ensure that nighttime views aren't obscured by the restaurants lights.
While Ducasse has earned a mind-boggling 16 Michelin stars with more than 20 restaurants, the Jules Verne probably won't add one to his tally. Ducasse himself says it's more of a nice restaurant than a world-class one.
Still, it ain't cheap--especially for Americans spending Euros. Lunch is 75 ($110), while the two dinner menus are 155 and 190. At least you get to use a private elevator to get up to the restaurant floor.
· Le Jules Verne [Official Site, in French]
· Chef Aims High with Eiffel Tower Restaurant [AP, via CNN]
· Adventure Dining: The 150 Foot High Restaurant [Jaunted]
· Paris Travel coverage [Jaunted]