Spend a magical evening seeing Paris from a different angle on this fabulous dinner cruise.
I’m not even sure where to start with this post. It won’t be your typical restaurant review but rather just an outpouring of complete adoration for this meal!
Last time I was in Paris I had dinner at the Eiffel Tower in Restaurant 58 and thought that would be unbeatable in terms of quality of food and location. It sounds like it’s going to be naff but actually, it remains one of the best meals I’ve ever had.
This time around, it was the turn of the Bateaux Parisiens Dinner Cruise to try and impress me and not come across as being gimmicky or targeted at tourists. Spoiler: it is neither.
When you arrive on board you’re presented with a glass of champagne and panoramic views of Paris. We didn’t have a window table but the boat is designed so that everyone gets an incredible view of the city. And what a unique perspective it is, seeing the city pass by above you – all lit up – is totally unbeatable.
The food is served as a tasting menu and the starter set the bar high with duck foie gras, fig and orange marmalade and toast. I’m not going to get into the ethics of foie gras, it is a slippery slope, and no doubt people reading this will disagree with me eating it but eat it I did and I thoroughly enjoyed it; the second dish was lemon marinated prawns in a leek cream which was a bit like a sophisticated prawn cocktail. I don’t eat shellfish so I didn’t eat the prawns but I did try the sauce and it was divine.
The main course was unreal. Sea bass with quinoa and shell fish in a light cream sauce. I should probably mention here that as a rule, I don’t eat anything that lives in the sea – I really don’t like fish: the taste, the texture, the smell – but wow, I demolished nearly all of this! I promised myself I’d try a small piece and before I knew it I was eating forkful after forkful.
It was served alongside veal rump with chickpea mousse and stewed veg. The veal melted in the mouth, the chickpea mousse was incredible and the veg was beautiful!
Dessert, oh dessert. I think the dessert may have almost stolen the show from the exceptional and unbeatable location – the whole city of Paris! But the dessert! An incredible warm, gooey chocolate cake with vanilla bean ice-cream and flaked almonds. Wow. I usually avoid chocolate desserts but as soon as I started this I didn’t put my spoon down. Amazing.
The cheesecake, described on the menu as ‘like a vacharin cake’ was a fruity, zesty cheesecake and can you see that clementine sauce on the side? The stuff dreams are made of.
The cruise lasts two and a half hours, during which you are served your three-course meal, get to enjoy specially selected and matched wines (and the waiters are very generous) all whilst taking in the exceptional sights of Paris by night. There’s live music on board which sounds cheesy but the singers were awesome.
I can honestly say the whole experience is one of the most wonderful nights I’ve ever had, words don’t do it justice. If you’re in Paris, I urge you to try this. It really is spectacular.
There are different packages to choose from and we went for the decouverte service at 8:30pm priced at €139 per person. Worth. Every. Penny.