On our first night in Paris, I wanted a place that felt undeniably Parisian, a place that felt really romantic in a jet-lagged fog. I chose Au Bon Accueil because of the movie-magic, holy-wow-we-ARE-in-Paris view of the Eiffel Tower when you walk out of the restaurant.
But it was funny. The food was a few steps above delicious. The wine was chilled to perfection. The setting was simple and lovely. But we were surrounded by Americans. I can't remember who told me about Au Bon Accueil. I am sure it has been written about in so many media outlets and American visitors told all their friends and so here we are - at a wonderful place filled with Americans. It didn't help that the tables were so close together I could smell the perfume of the lady next to me.
If everyone is speaking English, it doesn't mean it's BAD. In fact, it's probably really good because we all heard about it somewhere and wanted to go. It was the same thing when we ate at hot spots Frenchie (worth it) and Spring (totally not worth it) later that week. Surrounded by Americans.
I really do like meeting other Americans when I'm traveling (and of course, everyone else I meet!). But sometimes I really want to be swept away into the magic of being away from home, away from everything I know, and in a foreign city. Cities like Paris and Florence can sometimes feel like amusement parks if you don't seek out local, neighborhood spots.
I loved it for our first night but I don't think I would go back. I would recommend it to certain friends of mine.
What's your take? How do you feel if you're at a restaurant in a foreign country and everyone surrounding you is speaking English?
Address: 14 rue Monttessuy, 7th arr.
Metro: Alma-Marceau, Iéna