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Published October 23rd 2012
Could this be the best dining view there is?
Imagine the best place to eat in Paris, with the best view in town.
Ooh la la - what a lovely place to have dinner * Image copyright Lesley Mitchell
Whilst cafes and restaurants abound in Paris, taking your pick of the best one can be harder than finding a needle in a haystack, but surely one that needs to be mentioned is Bistrot de la tour Eiffel.
To get here, look at the Eiffel tower standing with the Trocadéro and the river to your back. Turn left and walk along the river, the first main road that you come to will be Avenue de la Bourdonnais. Turn right into this Avenue, keeping the Eiffel tower on your right hand side. Walk along about one to two blocks (they are pretty small) and you will come to this lovely bistro on the left-hand side. If you are lucky and not too late in the evening, you may be able to secure a seat on the walkway of the avenue overlooking the Eiffel tower.
If you take a look at the map associated with this review, you will also see how if you stand directly behind the Eiffel tower there is a small walkway that you can walk along, which will take you almost directly to this restaurant.
We were fortunate enough to get beautiful seats here and enjoy that fabulous view, all with great service and delicious food.
Our waiter was charming and helpful and spoke very good English. He assisted us with our menu choices and drinks. Then served us with the finest savoir-faire he could muster.
My husband had a sore throat from the air conditioning on the plane so he recommended a drink called "rhum au grog". It is basically a hot rum drink served with lemon and at our waiter's suggestion, he also added some honey. It was quite delicious and by the end of drink my husband's sore throat was all cleared up and stayed fine for the rest of the trip.
Omelettes and hot rum! Baguettes and coffee!
Wanting to get into the Paris vibe, he recommended some French champagne with a touch of blackcurrant syrup called Kassis. It was lovely, my daughter had fresh mango juice and my son - hot chocolate.
Being vegetarian in Paris, our menu choices are slightly limited, however we had a delicious French onion soup, an omelette and baguettes for dinner.
French onion soup, french fries, mango juice
After a while, it started to get cold and they immediately popped the awning out and turned on all of the overhead heaters, setting the table with candles and placemats to make it seem like a beautiful night time restaurant.