High heeling it at Le Bar at Le Grand Intercontinental and the restaurant Drouant, Paris

We decided to go ‘out-out’ in the rather grand neighbourhood of Paris called Opera, so-called because of the magnificent Old Opera House that dominates it. Le Grand Intercontinental hotel sits beside this beauty. We started this rather extravagant evening at Le Bar, followed by a meal at the Drouant, just a stroll away.

Dark, masculine and elegant Le Bar enables the brain to switch from go-go mode into a more relaxed one. One look at its bottled shelves is encouraging. It is a neat clutter of top quality beverages.

Le Bar at Le Grand Intercontinental hotel Paris

Very satisfied we’ve made a good choice we settle in. Despite its in-house specialities it’s the kind a bar you can order your go-to cocktail (my favourite being an Amaretto Sour) and the bartender responds with a reassuring smile and a nod. Perfect!

Le Bar at Le Grand Intercontinental hotel Paris

There is nibbling, chatting and anticipation as we watch our bartender create, shake and stir.

Le Bar at Le Grand Intercontinental hotel Paris

Our cocktails arrive and we call out ‘cheers!’ to each other and ‘we love Paris!’

All our cocktails taste absolutely divine. We were loving life and everyone in it.

Le Bar at Le Grand Intercontinental hotel Paris

it takes all my restraint not to drink too quickly. Take your hand off the straw, no-one will pinch it.

Le Bar at Le Grand Intercontinental hotel Paris

It’s been such a lovely way to start off our evening.

Le Bar at Le Grand Intercontinental hotel Paris

Rather merrily we enter the Drouant restaurant. The efficient staff welcome us into its calm and classy world.

The Drouant restaurant, Paris

We are seated, watered, fed bread and handed a rather serious wine list (book). The sommelier advises us and the result was perfect.

The Drouant restaurant, Paris

Being English we love bread and butter. This bread and butter was exceptional. Good start.

Bread is served at The Drouant restaurant, Paris

The joy of Antoine Westermann’s menu is his 4 treatments of fish, meat or vegetable etc. For starters we shared the fish and meat plates.

Drouant restaurant starters: 4 treatments of fish and 4 treatments of meat

There was clashing of forks as we hungrily wanted a taste of each.

The Drouant restaurant, Paris

Drouant restaurant starters: 4 treatments of fish and 4 treatments of meat

This was fun and the conversation centred entirely on these delicious morsels.

Drouant restaurant starters: 4 treatments of fish and 4 treatments of meat

The service continued to be flawless. Our mains arrived. Mine was a lamb shoulder confit. YUM.

Main course at the Drouant restaurant, Paris

My daughter enjoyed this roasted cod.

Main course at the Drouant restaurant, Paris

These chips were crrrispy, very moreish and shared all around the table.

Main course at the Drouant restaurant, Paris

Dessert caused a lot of excitement. That apple, wow, that chocolate macaroon, perfect and that chocolate what-ever-it-was-just-give-me-more in the glass was heavenly.

Desserts : 4 treatments of chocolate and 4 treatments of fruit at the Drouant restaurant, Paris

Just room for coffee and these amazing treats: super smooth truffles and orange zest (slow roasted, maybe?) like I’ve never had before.

Coffee and petite fours at the Drouant restaurant, Paris

Our evening drawing to a close we leave the restaurant to lots of smiles and thank you’s. We hopped (fell/collapsed) into our uber taxi with a ‘Phwoar! that was good!’

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