Travels 2010: Best Meal (Michelin restaurant edition)

by Chris on December 27, 2010

The best meal of my 2010 travels? The tasting menu at Guy Savoy, the chef’s Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris.

As far as gastronomy goes, I’m not sure I’ll ever top the sumptuous multi-course tasting meal I experienced in March at Guy Savoy, the celebrated chef’s three-star Michelin restaurant in Paris.

travels, Guy Savoy, Michelin restaurant, black truffle artichoke soup with truffle butter brioche

Sponsored by the journey planner ViaMichelin, the dinner brought together several well-known travel writers, including Peter Greenberg, travel editor of CBS News, and NPR Paris correspondent Eleanor Beardsley. The meal would have been memorable for the stories told around the table alone.

Michelin restaurant, Guy Savoy, steamed Breton lobster

But oh, the food!

Michelin restaurant, Guy Savoy, steamed Breton lobster, Paris

From the steamed Breton lobster that arrived in its own flurry of vapor (complete with a cappuccino foam we were instructed to drink with it), to the famed black truffle artichoke soup to the choice of rare and stinky cheeses, the tasting menu blew away my palate.

Guy Savoy, Michelin restaurant, Paris, chocolate ball with mango sauce

What impressed me the most at the time was not so much Guy Savoy’s inventiveness, although that was evident. I still recall the oos and ahhs that went up when our second dessert, a simple chocolate ball. melted away into another item entirely when the waiters poured a mango sauce on top of it. Or maybe it was the 2002 Satuernes from Chateau Guiraud that was paired with it that made it such a delectable morsel.

Michelin restaurant, Guy Savoy, Guy Savoy Paris

But honestly, what made the meal great is that it didn’t feel that a restaurant experience.  It felt more like an awesome dinner party, that just happened to have some of the best food you’ve ever ate. And that’s due primarily to the feeling of plentitude which I’ve rarely experienced at such a high-end restaurant.  Wine glasses were refilled, seconds were regularly offered, breads and desserts were dispensed liberally and you could eat as much cheese as you wanted. Bliss!

Guy Savoy, Michelin restaurant, Paris, cheese plate 

At the time, I estimated the bill at more than $700 per person, including wine. Would I spend my own money, the equivalent of a mortgage payment, to go back and eat there again with my husband? Quite possibly. The meal really was that amazing.

Did you have a “meal of the year” during your travels? Tell me about it in the comments!

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The NVR Guys December 27, 2010 at 1:29 pm

We just wrote a blog entry that touches on the importance of being happy for other people’s success. Well, you madame, are making this a challenge! I am “verte” with envy!

What an incredible experience. Eleanor Beardsley?! Guy Savoy?! Unlimited cheese?! I can barely see straight.

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Japan Rail Pass December 30, 2010 at 11:23 am

$700 per person! I trust the food and the experience was all that you said it was but $700. It reminds me of the credit card commercial where it might list the price of what you ate then mention the great conversation and experience as priceless. I’m glad you had this awesome experience.

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Mike's Road Trip January 31, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Hey Chris, I did a similar post on my site, a “Best of” Mike’s Road Trip 2010. One of the topics was the “best dining experience,” if you’re ever in Cannon Beach, Oregon…you have to check out EVOO…very unique and amazing experience! You can see my list at http://MikesRoadTrip.com/best-of-2010.

Cheers,
Mike

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Chris January 31, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Mike – I have yet to get to Cannon Beach, but that’s on my list for this summer. Thanks for the rec!

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