I hate queues. I don't care where and what it's for, I just hate to queue. Hence, I didn't go up the Eiffel Tower when I was in Paris in the past. For this trip, I came prepared with a reservation for Alain Ducasse's Le Jules Verne atop the Eiffel Tower, 125 metres above ground to be exact.
My gastronomic and panoramic started at the foot of Eiffel Tower, where a private elevator (without any crazy snaking queue) awaits. We arrived at noon (despite the 12.30pm reservation) and got one of the best tables in the restaurant - a window table! My tip is for you is to arrive early as I suspect they sit you according to the time of arrival.
Starter - Foie gras and black truffle ravioli in full-flavoured poultry broth
Main - Pan seared beef tournedos and fresh duck foie gras, served in Perigqueux sauce.
Dessert - Dark chocolate cake
I highly recommend this restaurant if it fits your budget. The food is amazing and the service is genuinely warm (none of the French arrogance), not to mention the best view in Paris atop an iconic structure.
For more information and online reservation, please visit www.lejulesverne-paris.com