Don Juan II
For my birthday celebration last night I chose to dine on board Paris’ finest dinner yacht. I had heard many great things about this dinner cruise and wanted to try it out for myself.
Well of course I was not disappointed. As soon as I arrived at the port 2 of the crew members where waiting outside to welcome me and once on board the Maître d’ took me to the outside lounge while I waited for my friend to arrive. For an autumn night it was very mild outside and I sat sipping my champagne while I waited.
Once my friend arrived we were shown to our table and it was time to depart. The dinner cruise is more like a moving restaurant, if you are expecting something touristy then this is far from that, there is no commentary in 5 languages on what is on right and what is on left. What is offered is a gourmet 4-course dinner, a ‘tasting menu’ on the River Seine by chef Guy Krenzer, on an exclusive and very elegant European yacht.
As a starter we were offered lobster, which was deliciously meaty and tender; a chicken dish, which was served at the carving table, followed this. At the end of the main course we stopped by the Eiffel Tower and arrived just as the light show started. Each of the women was given a red blanket to put over our shoulders as we went upstairs on deck.
We waited here until the end of the light spectacular then went back downstairs for the return cruise back to Port Henri IV. On the return we enjoyed a cheese platter, followed by a profiteroles dessert and coffee.
This would have to be one of the most elegant dining experiences I have had whilst in Paris. This floating gourmet restaurant offers 14 individual tables all placed alongside the windows to give you the maximum views, Italian leather furniture, beautiful porcelain, outdoor seating, discrete lighting, linen drapes, impeccable service and a 2 ¾ hour cruise on the Seine.
Highly recommend it for a special occasion!