The most anticipated visit in this restaurant marathon was the famous Le Chateaubraind. People have been mentioning it and talking about it since I came to Paris, Shane and Fabrice recommended me about the most amazing meal they had there, so many praises made this place a must visit and raised my expectations. It’s a bit pricey (60 euro per person without wine), but for 8 amazing dishes, I thought it was probably worth it. But sadly, I left the restaurant Wednesday night disappointed.
I booked a table with Elizabeth two weeks before (maximum possible time ahead to reserve at Chateaubriand) originally on 21:00 but when we changed the reservation for a table of six, it was only possible in the earliest service of 19:30 for a big table. Like all Parisians I prefer late dinner but there was no other option so we went for it.
We were one of the first tables to be seated. The table, naked of table cloth and very narrow. We were eager to have an evening of culinary surprises, as the Chateaubriand is located in the 15th spot of Pellegrino’s top 50 restaurants in the world!
The main problem I think we experienced was a logistics problem. We reserved for 19:30 for 8 dishes meal and they reserved that same table for 21:30 again. This caused the staff to be anxious and make us feel the same by rushing our dinner to the extent that new dish was served before its previous finished. I already felt the affect of rushing us out from the moment we sat down. We were not given almost any time to sit comfortably and read the menu, the waiter explained briefly about the courses of the meal in a way that can not be truly understood, and then the menus were taken away. I asked to leave the menu so that we can tell what we’re eating during the meal. The waiter said he needs them so we can ask for the menu after we finish our meal, but I insisted for one copy to stay by the table and I was allowed to keep it finally.
The somelier suggested a sparkling roséas an aperitif and we took a bottle and so we didn’t even take a good look at the wine list, we didn’t have time for another bottle of wine anyway.
After this beginning I was very excited to taste the rest, it was a rather good start.
The bottom lines here are that first, there’s a technical problem with how they make the reservations of the tables: greedy to book as many tables as possible, even overlapping, not considering the time it takes to eat a 9 course meal and enjoy it. As well as the food, changing daily was very unstable in its level, giving some very memorable nice dishes (ceviche, lamb with eggplant, egg yolk dessert) but some just boring dishes (cod, veal, cherry) and some even a complete failure which apparently was accounted for trying to improve during the night (booyabase). All this with the constantly raising price of the meal which used to be 45 euro not long ago and seemed to increase by 5 euro every few month. Not to mention, we didn’t have any dish made with the Chateaubriand, the best part of the tenderloin cut of beef.