Forget about all the fancy proteins, usually associated with fine dining restaurants. It’s the humble herbs and vegetables that are reigning world’s most cutting edge kitchens nowadays. One of the pioneers of this vegetal trend was (and still is) Alain Passard, whose 3 Michelin starred restaurant menu is 90% vegetarian (except for the dairy, some seafood and one poultry dish on the menu). Recently I dined twice at L’Arpège and while not all the dishes were balanced enough for my taste (I find Passard classic dishes more stellar than some of the seasonal ones), I enjoyed the meals immensely. Below are the highlights of my both lunches. Please keep in mind that the lunch menu( for 140 euros) is kind of like Japanese omakase, where you are served over ten various dishes and desserts.
L’Arpège: 84 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris, France; tel. +33 1 47 05 09 06