The adventure starts on the Internet since you can book online here. You have to leave a credit card number to confirm your reservation (which is logical in light of the location).
Several options are available:
- A starter, main course and dessert menu from Monday to Friday only (€105)
- A 5-course tasting menu (€190) or 7-course menu (€230)
- A wine list is available and includes over 400 French references
In order to remain unbiased all along the experience, Sortiraparis has bought entrances and we go for a tasting menu.
Note that if you don’t show up at the restaurant or if you haven’t cancelled your reservation 48 hours before, Le Jule Vernes keeps a €190-penalty fee per guest on your card, which is the entire amount of the direct debit.
You will then receive an email with the following instructions (to remember – or not –!)
It reads: Your experience at Le Jules Verne restaurant approaches.
We obviously remain at your disposal should you have any additional enquiries.
We simply remind you all the useful information and that appropriate dressing is required. Shorts, Bermuda shorts and other sporting outfits are not allowed.
We are looking forward to having you soon.
Le Jules Verne.
We play the game and get ourselves ready like the good students we are with appropriate dressing (ouch!).
The adventure starts at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower: Le Jules Verne patrons arrive at the south pillar (at the corner of Avenue Octave Gérard and the Avenue Charles Floquet), where a valet is available – for free – and expects you if need be. The devoted team being very effective, you’ll get an immediate skip-the-line-ticket and you’re ushered to the security admission at the bottom of the restaurant’s own lift.
The lift is limited to 7 guests maximum and you have to wait at the reception desk (15 minutes for us) before heading up. Luckily, the reception area is very lovely and pays tribute to Jules Verne from the bust of the famous novelist presiding the place alongside Gustave Eiffel and all the way to the library filled with books written by the author.
Once on the floor, the restaurant features 3 rooms: Champs de Mars, quai Branly and Trocadéro.
If you book, think about what views you would enjoy the most among those three, but you can also ask for the best seats, next to the windows! The later are obviously very coveted and enjoy a better view than the others.
The décor has been designed by architect Aline Asmar d’Amman and it’s magnificent, rather intimate if compared with the former décor, but it’s less voluminous.
We must hail the global endeavor that goes up to the smallest details. For instance, you’re greeted at your table with quotes selected from Jules Verne’s novels.
In addition to the superb view, the patio directly gives onto one of the wheels of the Eiffel Tower’s machinery highlighted by architectural choices.
But let’s move on to the main point: food!
As for the menu, Frédéric Anton proposes:
- Crab, Granny Smith Zephyr, Flavored with Curry
- Cauliflower, Dubarry cream, Young Ile-de-France Leek Flan, Crisp Bread and Chervil
- Langoustine, Prepared as Ravioli, Parmesan Cream, Fine Truffle-flavored Gelée
- Cod, simply cooked, zucchini
- Farmhouse chicken, prepared in a bouillon with foie gras, wild mushrooms, albufera sauce
- Raspberry, just sweetened, shortbread and vanilla cream, opaline with lime zest
- Chocolate, soft biscuit, bitter chocolate cream, coffee sorbet, toasted lapar coffee beans
If choices are limited, it’s the occasion to taste everything! We’re here enjoying a very detailed culinary experience, offering a certain idea of the French cuisine to a rather international clientele.
Products are of an exceptional and unquestionable quality, each bite offers subtle and memorable flavors.
You can eventually regret a lack of risks: the quasi-perfection of each dish (hence the limited choice) isn’t always accompanied by this surprise effect that we can have in a gourmet restaurant. Desserts for instance are not at the same level as dishes and we are unfortunately far from Christelle Brua’s beautiful apple (who’s the 1st woman to be awarded best pastry chef in the world) when she was at Pré Catelan.
As a starter, the cauliflower, Dubarry cream, young Ile-de-France leek flan is a sumptuous adventure and we invite you to select it if you can book a table.
The cod and chicken are balanced and offer a remarkable experience in both cases. Often at the restaurant (he was there that day), Frédéric Anton sign a very superb menu. We can breathe a communicative passion through his love for gastronomy.
Actually, the only flaw isn’t the (exceptional) service or the food – even though it’s not the Pré Cetelan but offers a flawless experience. No, if you have decided to show your love to the Great Lady on the second floor, the dress code is absolutely not controlled. Alright, it’s a minor point, I know, but when you’re reminded on the website then per email that “appropriate dressing [is] required […] sporting outfits are not allowed” and you see once on the spot that most of patrons wear trainers (and even flip flops for one guest!!!) we think we could have been told earlier. It’s probably difficult to turn away someone who prepaid but in that case, maybe just updating the website would be a good idea.
As we’ve said, it’s a minor point and something to try again after the necessary trial period of such an address. Honorable mentions to the exceptional service on each floor and the narrative effort around Jules Verne’s story, as well as to the unparalleled panorama (you can go outside by climbing down a few stairs) of the most beautiful in the world (we’re still being unbiased)!
Le Jules Verne
Avenue Gustave Eiffel
75007 Paris 7