It was unusual circumstances, to say the least. I wasn't even supposed to be in Europe, but due to the sudden escalation of events in late January 2020, we ended up being "stuck" in Europe.
Bryan happened to be in Brussels for a week long business trip at the time. When the COVID-19 epidemic started getting bad in China, his employer told him to stay in Europe until things got better in Asia. I joined him soon afterwards.
While in Europe, we had the opportunity to spend a few days in Paris. In Paris, we enjoyed a truly delightful meal at 1-Michelin starred Le George Paris, a stunning restaurant inside the Four Seasons Hotel serving refined, light, and modern Mediterranean dishes.
Chef Simone Zanoni, who worked for years at Gordon Ramsey restaurants, joined Le George in 2016. The restaurants aims to express the healthier and lighter fare from the Mediterranean region between the French Riviera and Northern Italy.
I have always been a person that preferred lighter cuisine. I love seafood, vegetables, and in general really enjoy Italian food. As a result, I was quickly drawn to this restaurant.
The menu at Le George Paris includes tasting menus (EUR 110 to 125 per person) and also a la carte dishes. We were a table of three, so we asked our server whether she (together with the kitchen) could help us design a family style "tasting" menu showcasing some of the restaurant's best dishes. We were having a trouble deciding between all the delicious looking options, and weren't sure if we wanted to get the official tasting menu offered by the restaurant.
Her eyes lit up when we made that request, and she gladly agreed to our suggestion.
We had so much fun being surprised throughout the meal as our server brought out dish after dish. I remember being extremely impressed with the pastas, the vegetables, and the signature apple tart (see below!).
Additionally, we really, really enjoyed chatting with our server, who was so excited to design this meal for us. In general, despite the grand "fancy" look of the place, the overall feel of the service was warm, personable, and kind.
The food was also excellent.
As a vegetable lover, I fell in love with this generous assortment of beautiful, seasonable vegetables. I distinctly remember lamenting the fact that I was so stuffed that I just couldn't finish this gorgeous bowl of vegetables.
All in all, we had a fantastic time at Restaurant Le George Paris. Originally I wondered whether I should be eating French food in France instead. However, after dining at Le George and enjoying such incredible Italian food, I decided that it doesn't really matter. Paris has all kinds of world class restaurants serving all different kinds of cuisines. There's no need to just eat French food, and Le George Paris is certainly a perfect example pf a place where you can enjoy refined and well-executed Mediterranean fare.