Our Favorite Restaurants in Paris: Part 6 'La Tour d'Argent' in Paris
La Tour d'Argent is one of the finest restaurants in the world. They claim it was founded in 1582, and it introduced the fork to Europe. It's located at 15 quai de la Tournelle, just off the Seine. If you can afford it, it will be something that you will remember the rest of your life. The furnishings are beautiful. The food is tremendous. The service is impeccable. The house specialty is pressed duck. Don't worry about the wine. They will do their best to accomodate you.
The wine cellar is probably the finest in the world. It contains more than 450 THOUSAND bottles! The 400 page wine list is estimated to be worth over 25 million Euros. The dining room has a spectacular view of the Seine and Notre Dame.
So, what do you think?
We think that for a party of two, you might get out for about one thousand dollars (plus wine and tip).
There are many interesting stories about La Tour d'argent (The Silver Tower). A prior owner, Claude, always made it a point to greet you when you entered the dining room. He was a wonderful fellow who had the best stories ever. During WWII and the occupation of Paris by the Germans, Claude realized that he could lose all of his best wines. In order to fool them, Claude had a fake wall built that hid most of his best wines. Then, he invited Herman Goering to dinner. Goering asked to see the famous wine cellar, and Claude obliged, giving him a tour of it. Goering never caught on. I asked Claude what would have happened if the wall had been discovered. Claude said that he believed he would have been killed and the wine taken to Goering's castle in Germany.
Claude died in 2006 at the age of 88. The restaurant is now run by Claude's son, Andre.
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