Although I received a complimentary dining experience at La Reserve Hotel, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.
There is no shortage of luxury and 5 star hotels in Paris. However, after reading this post you will see that La Reserve Hotel Spa and Apartments is in a class of its own.
A fellow travel enthusiast and friend introduced me to La Reserve Hotel. While staying at this beautiful property, she raved about the excellent service and amazing restaurants on site. Although this 5 star hotel was above our accommodation budget, the manager Nathaniel was kind enough to offer us a romantic dinner for two in one of their restaurants.
La Reserve Hotel is located in the 8th arrondissement in Paris. Although it is in the heart of Paris near the Champs-Elysees, the hotel sits on a quiet neighborhood street. It has beautiful views of the Grand Palais and the Eiffel Tower. From the moment we arrived, we were greeted with prompt and attentive service by the doormen and hostesses. The hotel is part of Michel Reybier’s collection. This urban mansion is warm and sophisticated and does not feel like your typical hotel. There are more suites than rooms, marble fireplaces, a smoking lounge, a library and an indoor pool which is rare for Paris! Relax in the inner courtyard or the luxury spa. After sampling from the wine cellar in your suite, head to one of two restaurants on the property.
La Reserve Hotel boasts two stellar restaurants on site. Le Gabriel and La Pagode De Cos are both overseen by executive chef Jerome Banctel. Le Gabriel is a Michelin two-starred restaurant with Japanese influences. We had the pleasure of dining at La Pagode De Cos which is run by Emmanuel Sibileau. Expect dishes based on the local produce of the Bordeaux region of France. La Pagode De Cos is located right pass the lobby and “Le Bar” of La Reserve Hotel. It feels more like a living room than a restaurant. My husband and I were seated at a cozy candle lit table for two by the fireplace. Our servers were friendly, knowledgeable about the menu and gave their recommendations. This was very helpful since the menu and wine list had many delightful options. The wine list included Michel Reybier selections. We enjoyed the Merlot blend with our main courses and the Brut champagne with dessert.
The chef treated us to a starter of BBQ pigeon which was followed by our shared appetizer of scampi ravioli.
For our main courses we chose the blue lobster penne dish and the Sole meuniere from Normandy. The lobster was tender and delicious. The carbonara sauce was a nice compliment. The presentation of the Sole meuniere was spectacular! I have not been to Normandy but I look forward to trying this dish again there.
For dessert my husband had vanilla ice cream with a fruit sorbet while I tried the fig tart. I don’t think I have seen such a beautiful tart! The flakiness of the pastry alongside the acidity of the figs was perfect.
During the evening we enjoyed listening to the pianist in the library. She was playing classic R& B and rock tunes! The entire atmosphere of La Pogode De Cos and La Reserve Hotel was lovely. We were not rushed from our table and at the end of the evening the staff assisted with transportation. On your next visit to Paris make a reservation at La Reserve. You will not be disappointed!
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