Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée
Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Hôtel Plaza Athénée, 25 av Montaigne, 8th
The sheer glamour factor would be enough to recommend this restaurant, Alain Ducasse’s most lofty Paris undertaking. The dining room ceiling drips with 10,000 crystals. An amuse-bouche of a single langoustine in a lemon cream with a touch of Iranian caviar starts the meal off beautifully, but other dishes can be inconsistent: a part-raw/part-cooked salad of autumn fruit and veg in a red, Chinese-style sweet-and-sour dressing, or Breton lobster in an overwhelming sauce of apple, quince and spiced wine.