La Table Du Lancaster, tucked inside Hotel Lancaster just off the Champs-Élysées, provides a personal and intimate dining experience for its guests. Unless you’re “in the know” or are staying at the privately-owned, French hotel, you’d never know it was there. But, what a shame to miss this scrumptious dining gem. I booked a table for dinner one evening not knowing what to expect aside from the good reviews I’d read. My expectations were exceeded.
The dining room is quiet and simple. You can hear a pin drop. The only commotion is the conversation being had at other tables throughout the room and by the waitstaff hustling about in an effort to make your meal memorable. After I was seated, the sommelier offered to choose my wine for me, pairing each course with the appropriate red or white. He did an excellent job, explaining to me each variety as my glass was switched out.
The kitchen, headed by the talented chef Julien Roucheteau, started me with a beet root and herring macaron followed by a tomato and white cheese pie with truffle and sweet chestnut. This was just the “welcome”. Proceeding dishes included: Sautéd white fish with squash, scallops and shaved truffles, langoustines and caviar, cauliflower salad, a selection of French cheeses from around the country and dessert to linger over. I was stuffed, in the best possible way, by the end of the meal. And, I knew the problem wasn’t isolated to me. A British couple seated nearby declined the cheese selection due to their full bellies and then quickly recanted their decision once they saw the selection wheeled out before them.
Overall, this was a fabulous dinner. The service was impeccable – the best I’ve had in Paris. The staff eagerly awaited my opinion of the food and did so for every other table as well. I highly recommend a meal at La Table du Lancaster. Whether it’s lunch or dinner, the gastronomy is too noteworthy to miss.