It’s a truth universally acknowledged that restaurants with incredible views seldom have cuisine to match. Happily, that’s not the case at Ciel de Paris, the restaurant perched atop the Tour Montparnasse in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. The building itself—a homely block of an office tower-- has been a derisive conversation topic for Parisians in its 40 years of existence. (It is an eyesore on the skyline.) But as the tallest building in Paris proper, the Tour Montparnasse offers unbelievable 360 degree panoramas- from the Eiffel Tower to the Arc de Triomphe to Sacre-Coeur and beyond.
During a recent meal at Ciel de Paris, we found the cuisine to be excellent: a pumpkin soup with chestnuts and goat cheese ravioli to start, followed by codfish brandade studded with manioc chips, and blackforest cake to finish. After-lunch coffee comes with a delightful cannelé and macaron. Enormous walls of glass frame the city views; our table was situated directly in front of the Eiffel Tower (Oooh lala!).
The cherry on the cake? The wait staff were kind and attentive, syncing the meal to a perfect pace.
Tip: There is a two-course lunch menu for 30 euros that’s an absolute steal, and it’s possible to reserve your table online. For more information, visit www.cieldeparis.com.
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