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“impeccable service, refinement ... but, cigarette smoke.”
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Ranked #13 of 17,520 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
Neighbourhood: Champs-Elysees
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Neighbourhood: Champs-Elysees
Reviewed 17 August 2017

The service was remarkable, We had wonderful hors d'oeuvre, a fabulous artichoke first course, and a magical stuffed coffee meringue for dessert. I loved the olive oil ice cube, and the well counselled wine selection. Unfortunately we we seated outside next to a table of smokers, when one finished the other started, with no sense it might bother anyone. the staff evetntually found a way to move them, but about half our meal was over. It didn't quite spoil the meal but came close. I was disappointed to be served mackerel for the fish dish, one of the cheapest fishes at the market, it was esrved with remarkable stuffed tomatoes the truffle seasoned poularde was without any perfume of truffle, both dishes were well done, but neither was exciting, Such a beautiful place, please rethink the menu selection.

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La Reserve Pari... H, Chef exécutif at Le Gabriel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Mrs., Dear Mr.,

I would like to warmly thank you for your words that remind me why I love cooking so much! Indeed, the pleasure of great food is the same that one can have with great music, stunning art pieces, or moving fragrances: it makes us feel that life is beautiful and that the sky is the limit!

But like any lively artwork, the appreciation of it is submitted to the moment we consider it, so if the mackerel and the poularde haven’t suited you, I’m really confused about that because usually our guests truly adore them! (I take this opportunity to tell you that if the mackerel can be cheap in supermarkets, it doesn’t mean that the one we serve in our gastronomic restaurant, is of this quality… every staple depends on the way it has been gathered).

Regarding the cigarette smoke, I sincerely apologize to you. We should have asked if you were smokers and if you wouldn’t be bothered by smokers around you. I would be truly honoured to welcome you personally the next time you will come at our restaurant and to give you a new but this time perfect, gastronomic experience.

With all my consideration,

Jérôme Banctel – Chef exécutif
Restaurant Le Gabriel
cuisine@lareserve-paris.com

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Reviewed 14 August 2017

The restaurant is beautiful and it's location is great, the staff is AMAZING and everyone will do anything to make your experience as best as possible. The food itself was unique and stunning, but I expected it to be better. Not that it wasn't good, but I've had better for a lot cheaper.
The appetizers and starters were ok (we took the same tasting menu but asked for different dishes), my main dish (the lobster) was just incredible, but my mom's dish (the duck) was ok. The desserts were great and we even got a cute little mini cake to take with us for our "afternoon tea".
(I just want to add that we ordered a bottle of water that costed 14 euros)
My mom and I have never been in a restaurant this fancy before, and we were not used to it. We were outsiders and we felt a bit uncomfortable (we looked like it, too). The staff is very welcoming and will do anything for your desire. They were all lovely and explained to us anything we needed to know about each dish.
I would come here for the experience more than I would come for the food.

PS, their butter was the best butter I have ever had in my life. EAT THE BUTTER.

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La Reserve Pari... H, Food and Beverage Director - La Réserve Paris at Le Gabriel, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Madam,

First of all, please allow me to thank you so very much for your venue at Le Gabriel, as well as for sharing your experience and your picture with us on Trip Advisor.!

I understand that our service team did their very best to make your time with us as beautiful as possible. Please believe that all these kind, passionate individual take great pride in making each of our guests happy, and I am going ahead telling them about your comment.! And beyond these beautiful personalities, behind each of them hides a great professional of the international culinary world, and I am very honoured to read that you were given to discover it. By describing each creation of the Chef, telling you about its story, its making and advising you about the best way to enjoy it, they make a real difference, and they create the experience.

But what would be a restaurant without a Chef.? And about the Chef, you discovered a fundamental part of Jérôme Banctel, when enjoying the Blue Lobster with Vanilla. This meal used to be one of the best seller of Alain Senderens, one of the greatest French Chef of all time, who was also Banctel’s master and friend… Alain Senderens unfortunately passed away at the end of June 2017, and Banctel is paying tribute to his master through the lunch menu that you enjoyed that day.

I can read that you also choose the Challans duck « Apicius » 2010 version. This reinterpretation of a mythic recipe was remastered by Banctel in 2010, when he was still learning on Senderens’ sides. I am very sorry to read that you did not appreciate this as much as you did for the lobster, however I am glad to read that you appreciated the little though of our Pastry Chef Marc Lecomte. Another way to enjoy even longer your time with us, by taking a little piece home.!

Reading your memories of your time with us makes me happy, nevertheless I am quite disoriented to discover that the overall grade that you gave us was only of 3 stars over 5. In fact, this grade does not seem up to the general beautiful memories that you wrote in your comment.

I would be honoured to discuss the issues that you encountered during your stay with us directly with you. Shall you wish to call me directly I remain at your entire disposal on my direct line, +33 1 58 36 66 57.

Best regards,

Kader Bendjeddah
Food and Beverage Director
kbendjeddah@lareserve-paris.com
+33 1 58 36 66 57

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Reviewed 12 August 2017

Very nice restaurant. Perfect from the beginning to the end. Food paradise! Thanks for the waiters team and chef! Wish to come back.

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La Reserve Pari... H, Chef exécutif at Le Gabriel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Madame,

Thank you so much for your words that go straight to my heart. I see myself like a passionate food artist and have always wanted to be a great chef since I can remember my first child’s dreams and today, to read such a pleasant appreciation you had of my restaurant, makes me realize that I maybe achieved these dreams…

I really hope to welcome you very soon in my restaurant.

Best regards,

Jérôme Banctel – Chef exécutif
Restaurant Le Gabriel
cuisine@lareserve-paris.com

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Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

A wonderful meal in a great location! Every single dish we tried was unique!The service warm and professional. But the wine list is the reason you must visit this restaurant. I highly recommend this place.

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La Reserve Pari... H, Service director - restaurant Le Gabriel at Le Gabriel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

Madam, Sir,

Reading your memories of your time with us makes me so happy, and I couldn’t thank you enough for coming to see us at Le Gabriel, and for sharing this comment with us on Trip Advisor. !

I am very glad to read that you particularly enjoyed our wine selection. Created our of Jaimee Anderson’s inspiration, it is as wide as her mind, with references from all over the world. And her assistant, originating from Japan is always happy to surprise you with unexpected wine and meals pairings.!

Service side, my team of dedicated, kind individuals is thrilled about your comment. They take great pride in creating extraordinary memories of your time with us, and if leaving at a certain time is part of the moment then they’ll do everything they can to make it happen: and they did.!

We all look forward welcoming you again soon,

Best regards,

Marco Tognon
Service director
Restaurant Le Gabriel
mtognon@lareserve-paris.com

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Reviewed 20 July 2017

In the first year two stars in the best hotel in Paris. Extraordinary food, great wine and wonderful service. A gem better than you can find at a jeweler.

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La Reserve Pari... H, Chef exécutif at Le Gabriel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2017
Google Translation

Cher Monsieur,

Quel plaisir de vous lire. ! Je suis ravi que votre séjour dans notre maison parisienne vous ait comblé, mais je suis surtout très fier de constater que tout le travail de ma brigade de cuisine a su trouver écho dans vos lignes. Dès nos premières assiettes nous avons en effet privilégié l’utilisation de produits exigeants, mais également des accords de saveurs audacieux, que vous retrouvez dans les accords mets et vins de nos sommeliers. !

Quant à l’équipe de salle, ils n’ont de cesse de vous faire rêver, en vous racontant le cheminement créatif de chaque plat. Ce sont eux qui leur donnent vie. !

Toute notre équipe vous remercie de nous avoir choisi, et espère vous revoir très vite.

Bien à vous,

Jérôme Banctel
Chef exécutif
Restaurant Le Gabriel
cuisine@lareserve-paris.com

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