After a year of renovation, three-star chef Frédéric Anton inaugurated the new version of the Jules Verne restaurant on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower a few days ago. Announced last year, Frédéric Anton’s arrival at the head of this Parisian institution was a small revolution in the world of gastronomy, ending a decade of Chef Alain Ducasse’s presence at the helm of the establishment.
A world of its own
Perched at a height of 115 metres, Jules Verne is now unveiled in a new light and under a new design by Aline Asmar d’Amman, who was already at the origin of the renovation of the Hôtel de Crillon. Three rooms with exceptional views, a counter and a more intimate alcove cut out the space with its steel and white tones enhanced by golden notes. Particular care has been taken to enhance the value of the Iron Lady’s own heritage, highlighting the aesthetics and intelligence of her engineering.
This architectural tribute is also reflected in the gastronomy, where Frédéric Anton’s compositions “evoke the cogs, nuts and chiselling” of the building, with the aim of creating “dishes that dialogue with the architecture of the Eiffel Tower itself”.
What’s on the menu?
At lunch, the menu — offered only on weekdays — has the particularity of focusing on products that are paying tribute to the restaurants partner farmers and producers. You’ll find the starter “La Tomate” and its slightly acidic pressed juice, accompanied by a smoked eggplant caviar with a basil flavour. As a main dish, there’s the famous “Le Canard” with small chanterelles, capers and blown apples. And for dessert, the “L’Apricot” and its cream of bitter almonds, sorbet and crispy meringues.
The lunch and dinner menu remains the same, but yet slightly modified. There’s the loved “Le Chou-Fleur” which is adorned with a Dubarry cream and a flan of peers. The ravioli dish “La Langoustine”, nicely prepared in parmesan cream and fine truffle sauce. And finally the dessert “La Framboise” which is topped with a shortbread and vanilla cream, opaline and lime zest.
Jules Verne will not be alone on this prestigious address though. The fancy Thierry Marx’s bistro on the first floor, as well as a the caviar and champagne bar installed 276 metres up will be among the neighbours.
Restaurant Le Jules Verne
Menu Carte: €105
Tasting Menu 5 dishes: €190
7 dishes: €230
Where? 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower