As Valentine’s day gets closer, I am feeling nostalgic for the most memorable, delicious, and romantic dinner I’ve ever had. Now, before you A) gag or B) click off the site, let me preface this by saying I am not one for hearts, cupids and rom-coms. It just so happens that the stars aligned to make for a once-in-a-lifetime meal that I’ll never forget: Dinner at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Every travel guide we read before jetting off on our honeymoon warned us not to expect the moon from the restaurants in any major tourist area in Paris, which is why I was skeptical when we decided to eat at the most iconic landmark in the city. My skepticism grew when we settled on the cafeteria-style, (albeit white tablecloth cafeteria-style) restaurant Le 58 Tour Eiffel. We really wanted to dine at the more formal restaurant Le Jules Verne, but it was not exactly in the budget.
Maybe low expectations made the meal even sweeter, maybe it was the view of the city, or maybe it was the fact that we were famished from waiting in line for hours. Whatever it was, this was a decision I will never regret. It has become the first meal I think of when I think of the ‘best meal I’ve ever eaten.’
I started with the Smoked Salmon appetizer, or Saumon Fume, it seemed to be the fish of choice in Paris. I was so surprised by how often I saw smoked salmon on menus throughout the city. This one was served with blinis and a creamy mustard sauce.
The main course was what really knocked my socks off. Macaroni, asparagus and morel mushrooms. On the surface, it seems pretty simple, but this pasta was packed with so much flavor it burned a permanent place in my memory. My husband and I absolutely love morels and to enjoy the rare mushrooms in such an amazing way was unforgettable. Not bad for a dish served on a plastic plate!
I have to tell you that my husband and I scrimped and saved to make the trip possible. We are definitely not jet-setting to a different European country every summer. But if you ever find yourself in Paris, this place is worth a try. Yes, it’s completely “touristy” and you WILL stick out as an American, but that’s what you flew thousands of miles for, right?!