If you follow us on social media you would have seen that we were in Paris for the weekend attending some shows and taking in the atmosphere just before my sisters wedding. We decided to have afternoon tea at the infamous Le-Meurice hotel (part of the Dorchester Group). If you have read previous reviews you will know I am a huge fan of the brand and their attention to detail and service.
With views of the Tuileries Garden, Le Meurice has been ranked among the most elegant hotels in the world
Located between Place de la Concorde and the Louvre, Le Meurice is ideally situated for visiting the finest art that Paris has to offer. Salvador Dali was a regular visitor and today the hotel still enjoys a close relationship with many artists.
Highly-acclaimed multiple Michelin-star chef Alain Ducasse oversees all hotel dining. Restaurant le Meurice, one of the world’s most beautiful dining rooms, offers outstanding French fine-dining overlooking the Tuileries Garden, or dine at Restaurant Le Dalí under the magnificent ceiling mural painted by Ara Starck.
The hotel mentioned that they do halal options but we hadn’t requested this beforehand, there was however a large selection of seafood and vegetarian options and we were happy to opt for these.
Once you are shown to you table the waiter takes you through the ‘Afternoon Tea experience’. You are given a menu which lists the variety of beverages on offer, you can choose from coffee, hot chocolate or a range of black, fruit and green teas. We decided to order a variety and we also chose the hot chocolate and coffee so we could see how this differed from London establishments. I’m not a hot chocolate fan, however let me tell you just how incredible the hot chocolate tasted and was presented. This comes filled with grade 1 luxurious chocolate and you have the choice to pour as much foamed milk as desired. I was told by a fellow diner that the coffee was one of the best she tasted.
The beverages were followed by the most beautifully presented cake and sandwich platter Now I have been to many hotels and establishments in and around London and in the country, but this was by far the most stunning in terms of presentation. There were a range of pastries, scones, cream filled pears and small sweet bites of heaven. The sandwiches were a range of egg, salmon, pesto and mozzarella and avocado. What distinguished these from other sandwiches was the fact that they had been toasted before serving them which I thought was so much better. If you only ever try one pastry in Paris it has to be the cream filled pears, I have posted a picture above, these were incredibly delicious, just amazing!
The hotel has a very regal, elegant and relaxed atmosphere, the afternoon tea takes place in the ‘Le Dali restaurant’ which pays homage to the infamous Salvador Dali who was a regular guest of the hotel, the décor and cutlery is just so unique. As Paris Fashion Week was taking place the atmosphere was really alive and electric but it did not take away from the relaxed atmosphere. Families, couples and friends were soaking in the atmosphere and enjoying the tea, there is a very Parisian feel about the whole experience.
Without a doubt- there was nothing we could fault with the service, menu and the atmosphere, everything was spot on and the staff could not do enough for you.
We paid £32 each
http://www.dorchestercollection.com/en/paris/le-meurice for more details and menu. Booking is recommended in advance. You can email them to make a reservation.
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