N really isn’t into material things, which makes buying a present for him pretty hard.
I decided that for his birthday this year, instead of buying him something he might not like, to take him on an adventure. Since I moved to Paris, one of the top things on the list has been going to a Michelin star restaurant.
The absolutely best way to do it on a budget is to go for a lunchtime menu, and I managed to get us a reservation at Relais Louis XIII – a one starred Michelin restaurant in the 6e, close to the Notre Dame and the Seine.
We arrived, all dressed up and ready for lunch at the historic building. Apparently it was built on the remains of the Couvent des Grands- Augustins, where Louis XII was proclaimed king in 1610.
We sat down and were immediately given an amuse-bouche – an amazing cheese filled ball, almost like a profiterole. We ordered half a bottle of wine (because that’s all we could stretch to!), and made our way through a 4 course meal. With soup, starters, an incredible main course and dessert. I had the most incredible lobster ravioli, which had been shaped like a leaf! We even got a glimpse of the chef as he came out to say hello.
In all, it was the most incredible meal I’ve ever had. The food was incredible and the service was excellent. We rolled back home, absolutely stuffed and couldn’t eat anything else that day – a perfect way to spend a Saturday.