I can't blame the hubbie for taking me here because if you believe all the hype, this is THE restaurant for the best in food, wine, and service. The truth is, I have had better experiences in several other restaurants in the city, and many times, for much less cost.
This is our 3rd trip in as many years. Each time, I walk away feeling dissatisfied. We visited the restaurant on a recent Saturday. Hubbie had the "meat" 6-course menu and I had the "seafood" 6-course. (Everyone at a table must choose either the 6-course or all must have the 10-course.)
There were few tables at this early seating. The complimentary gougeres and amuse bouche were appreciated and tasty, as were our first courses. My husbands quail with roasted pineapple and curried lentil soup was outstanding, as was my arctic char. Then things started to fall apart as the restaurant filled up.
Then I realized that my "seafood" menu consisted of fish, fish, and more fish, all tasting like they were pan roasted. First came the arctic char, then sea bream, then sablefish. The sea bream was slightly bitter, as when a fish is gutted improperly and the bile spills out. My sablefish was tastless. What happened to other sea critters like shrimp, crab or lobster? Oh, yes, they were in the "sauces". Right.
My husband's meat courses were much more enjoyable. And well seasoned!
By the end of the meal, I was relieved to leave the restaurant. The room was humid and diners packed in like sardines.
Would I recommend this restaurant? I would, but with reservations. Indeed, Lumiere is a "special occasion" restaurant serving many creations that one could not easily replicate at home. However, the proprietors must start valuing patrons more (e.g. stop trying to fit in as many tables as physically possible) and putting more care and attention in their creations as that is probably why many foodies frequent the establishment.