2009

Le Cinq Restaurant Review, Paris, France

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Le Cinq

31, avenue George V, Champs-Élysées

75008 Paris, France, CA

33 (0) 1 49 52 70 00

33 (0) 1 49 52 70 10 (Fax)

Le Cinq Website

Le Cinq Paris France Table Decorations

Le Cinq is a famous two Michelin star restaurant in the Four Seasons George V Hotel in Paris, right near the Champs-Élysées. The restaurant had earned 3 Michelin stars in the past. Eric Briffard, formerly of Paris’ Les Elysées has been head chef since 2008. He is known for dishes with a precision of flavors. They serve classic French Haute cuisine using classic French culinary techniques. Le Cinq embraces newer, lighter cooking styles, and always incorporates the freshest regional ingredients. Le Cinq serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and has been open since 1999. A la Carte as well as two prix fixe menus (160, 230€) are available at dinner. We choose the cheaper Decouverte Gourmande Summer Menu de l’ete. (160€)

Le Cinq Paris France Interior Decor

Decor, Vibe – Grand room with elegant chandeliers, massive flower arrangements, majestic decor, old paintings, and exquisite room detail. Awesome dessert cart positioned right near the front door. Beautiful views of the Hotel’s courtyard and garden. Tablecloths, china and silver are all custom made. Dimly lit, romantic lighting. Tables have were nicely spaced to give diners more privacy. Diners included some well dressed locals and many hotel guests from around the world. Michael Caine was dining when we were there.

Menu Pictures (Click to zoom into any picture)

Le Cinq Paris France Menu 7

Website MenuFull Picture Menu Set

Le Cinq Paris France Amuse Bouche Fried Calamari

Amuse Bouche of Fried Calamari. Seemed unusual for Paris. Excellent quality and incredible amounts of it too.

Le Cinq Paris France Amuse Bouche Avocado Puree

Amuse Bouche of Avocado puree with tomato, topped with poprocks. Two little tartletes topped with tomato, and leak, onion, peas.

Le Cinq Paris France Bread Pain

Freshly Bake Breads

Le Cinq Paris France seaweed butter

Incredibly excellent bread and butter with seaweed. French butter is light years ahead of American butter.

Picks:

Le Cinq Paris France Creme de velaille Cream Chicken soup

Enfant Creme de velaille (7€) – Kid’s Cream Chicken soup had heavy chicken flavor and was fairly creamy. A Very good soup.

Le Cinq Paris France Vegetable soup Potage Legumes

Enfant Potage de legumes mixes (7) – Kids Vegetable soup was served to the kids like royalty. This soup was excellent, even better than the chicken soup.

Le Cinq Paris France Penne pasta

Enfant Penne a la tomate et au basilic (9) – Kid’s Penne with tomato sauce and basil was a top notch simple pasta.

Le Cinq Paris France Asparagus risotto risette

Enfant Des de cabillaud, risette aux esperges (16) – Kid’s Back of cod, asparagus risotto both were very good. Start those foodie kids early.

Le Cinq Paris France Sorbet

Enfant Selection de glaces et sorbets aux fruits (8) – Three kinds of freshly made fruit sorbet. Beautiful and very good quality.

Le Cinq Paris France Mojito Cocktail

Mojito (24€) was tall and excellent. Very strong and lots of muddled mint. The most expensive cocktail we have ordered.. ouch

Le Cinq Paris France Tomato Sorbet

Tomato Sorbet

Le Cinq Paris France Tomates De provence en millefeuille

Millefeuille

Le Cinq Paris France Tomates De provence en millefeuille 1

Dry Ice Video

Tomates De provence en millefeuille – Tomatoes from the Provence region as a “Millefeuille” (layered pastry) with almonds, raw shrimp, tomato sorbet, lemon – rosemary puff pastry brioche was excellent and a complex multi layered treat. It included a fun dry ice side dish with almonds, and a tomato cleanser with almond whip.

Le Cinq Paris France Foie gras

Foie Gras de canard des landes – Fresh sauteed duck foe gras from the Landes region, roasted with black Sarawak pepper, braised rhubarb, Mura des bois strawberries with elderberry juice was simply excellent. The best Foie we’ve had to date, and we’ve eaten a ton of them. Huge piece that really went well with the decorative strawberry foam and the excellent bread they serve. Must get for Foie fans.

Le Cinq Paris France Pre dessert Basil Lime sorbet strawberry mousse

Pre Dessert – Basil lime sorbet and strawberry mousse was a light cleanser that helped ready our taste buds for dessert.

Le Cinq Paris France Le Cinq Paris France Pistachio Ice Cream strawberry granita.JPG

Fraisier Minute Facon George V – Strawberry granita, ice tart with Pistachio ice cream was excellent. The ice cream was very smooth and creamy, contrasting well with the lighter granita and strawberries below.

OK:

Le Cinq Paris France Char Fish Omble Chevalier

Char fish

Le Cinq Paris France chantrelle periwinkles bergonol sabayon

Omble Chevalier de source – Char from the “Des Plans”, menuiere style with garden herbs, braised chantrelle, periwinkles, bergonol sabayon was only an ok dish, not excellent. It looks great, fresh fish, and was cooked fine, but we not sense any specialness or delicacy.

Le Cinq Paris France Lapereau du poitou Rabbit razor clams

Le Cinq Paris France Vegetable Bouquet

Lapereau du poitou – Young Rabbit with rib loin, leg quarter from the Pomtou region – cooked with squids and razor clams from the Galier region, preserved vegetables bouquet was fair. Sauce was heavy, rabbit over cooked, and the seafood – rabbit combo just did not work. We should have gotten lamb instead.

Pans:
None

Le Cinq Paris France Dessert Cart

Let’s Start with Dessert

Le Cinq Paris France Desserts 1

Le Cinq Paris France Desserts Nougat

Noughat

Le Cinq Paris France Desserts 2

Mini Cakes

Le Cinq Paris France Desserts

Cakes

Le Cinq Paris France Desserts Chocolates Macaroons

Chocolates, Macaroons

Petit fours, chocolate candy, nougat, rocky road candies, strawberry and more. Excellent but overwhelming selection. The pictures speak for themselves.

Le Cinq Paris France Candy

Candy to go

Service was top notch, some of the best around. The friendly servers spoke English and treated us like royalty without standing over us. The lower priced prix fixe menu produced a good value and was filling, no need to order a la carte. Even though we had some clinkers entrees, we would still recommend this restaurant. It is a good introduction to high end French dining.

Over 50,000 bottles of wine are available at high markups, glasses from 19€. Le Cinq has a very reasonable lunch menu (85€) as do many other high end restaurants. Book at least a month in advance, email booking works.
English is on the menu. Children’s menu is available for kids on their best behaviour. Metro: George V

Le Cinq Overall Rating: (Super 3.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Excellent)
Service Rating: (Extraordinary)
Atmosphere Rating: (Extraordinary)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Full Bar
Attire:Formal
Hours:Mon - Fri 7 - 10am, Sa-Sun 7 - 1030am, Daily 12:30pm - 2:30pm, 7 - 10:30pm
Parking:Paid Valet
Reservations:Yes
Prices:85 - 160€ (Lunch), 160 - 230€ (dinner)
Posted on October 9th, 2009
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    Eric Briffard will get his 3 stars this year or the next. Not only is he cooking some great enjoyable food, but the service is top notch too. As an overall dining experience, le Cinq beats some of the Parisian 3* (only Guy Savoy, L’Astrance and Alain Ducasse Plaza Athénée offers sublime genuine service like this one at Le Cinq)

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