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Why not pop to Paris for lunch – MoneyWeek

Goodnews,saysTheSundayTimes。

The“tectonicplatesoftravel”areabouttoshift:on14November,theEurostarterminalatStPancrasistoopen,makingthejourneyfromLondontoParis20minutesfaster–ameretwohoursand15minutes。

Sowhynotgoforlunch?

Paris’sreputationasafoodieheaven“hastakenabitofaknock”recently,butitsimplyisn’tthecasethatyoucaneatbetterinLondonthanintheFrenchcapital。

Thoseinanydoubtneedonlycountthestars:Londonhasonethree-starMichelinrestaurant,fivetwostars,and37onestars;Parishasten,13and42respectively。

AndhowevermuchonemightadmiretheUK’sgastro-pubrevolution,ifyourbudgetdoesn’tstretchtoDucasseorRobuchon,“you’remuchsafergamblingonabackstreetbistro”inParisthaninLondon。

Sowheretogo?

Youcan“testdrive”oneofFrance’stopchefswithoutbreakingthebank,saysTheSundayTimes,byvisitingAlainDucasse’sbistroBenoit(20RueSt-Martin)atlunchtimeandhavinghisthree-coursesetmenu(£27)。

Otherwise,youcouldtrySenderens(9PlacedelaMadeleine)。

ItisrunbyAlainSenderens,whois“famousforhandingbackhisthreeMichelinstarsinordertoproduceheartierfoodinalessformalsetting”。

However,Parisisn’tjustacityforfoodies。

Itisalsoacityforlovers。